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in the natural adventure play area or investigate the exhibits and crafts. There are also spectacular bike trails that offer a mix of family cycling and more adventurous offroad thrills. Local history, heritage and culture come together at the Ryedale Folk Museum. This openair museum’s 20 reconstructed buildings shine a light on the way people once lived here. It’s located in Hutton-le-Hole, one of the most photogenic of all moorland villages, with its sheep-cropped greens and babbling river. Castle Howard near York is one of the great houses of Europe. Taking over 100 years to complete, this 18th century architectural masterpiece sits on 1000 acres of rolling parkland and is surrounded by breathtaking vistas of the Howardian Hills – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Uncover its fascinating history, impressive collection of antique treasures, statues, temples and follies in the magnificent grounds and gardens. The beautiful valleys have inspired monastic communities for centuries and nestled amongst lush woodland and hillsides you will find the spectacular and peaceful ruins of Rievaulx Abbey, Mount Grace Priory, House and Gardens, and Byland Abbey. A more turbulent history can be found at the medieval Helmsley Castle and Pickering Castle. Discover how they were used throughout the years and the tales of those who occupied them. Tackle all or part of the 109 mile Cleveland Way National Trail, this is a walkers’ delight! Free downloadable route guides can be found on the National Park’s website, taking you on step-by-step adventures to tumbling waterfalls, timeless stone villages, moorland crags and historic monuments. The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is the most popular heritage railway line in the world. Hop aboard a steam or diesel locomotive from Whitby or Pickering to enjoy an inspiring
journey that whisks you through the heart of the wild and beautiful moorland landscape. You’ll head to Goathland where you can relive the magic of Harry Potter at this station made famous as Hogsmeade Station in the film Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Follow the Moor to Sea Cycle Network, a 150 mile route which connects Scarborough, Whitby, Dalby Forest, Pickering and Great Ayton in a stunning series of moorland, forest and coastal loops on quiet roads, woodland tracks and bridleways. The vast and verdant Dalby Forest near Pickering is one of the best places in the UK for mountain biking with extensive cycling trails. If you prefer a more leisurely day, enjoy walking through the forest and moorland tracks, stopping off at the picnic areas en route. Families will love the Shaun the Sheep Glow Trail, based on the beloved woolly character from the makers of Wallace and Gromit. For fun-filled adventure in the treetop canopies there is also Go Ape. The National Park has a 26 mile stretch of Jurassic coastline with a wonderful mix of secluded coves and soaring cliffs with breathtaking views of the sparkling blue sea. Picture-perfect Staithes, Runswick Bay and Robin Hood’s Bay with their old fishing village charms are a joy to explore. Get lost in the tiny passageways surrounded by cosy cottages and uncover their smuggling secrets. Peppering the countryside are a host of charming market towns and villages, full of historic interest, great places to eat and cosy country inns. Weekly markets in Helmsley and Pickering are always worth catching, as are the farmers’ and artisan food markets at Stokesley, Hovingham and Coxwold. Meanwhile Malton is carving out a fast-growing foodie reputation as Yorkshire’s Food Capital with artisan food producers like Roost Coffee & Roastery and Rare Bird Distillery in Talbot Yard Food Court and its annual food festival.