A small market town between Pickering and Helsmley, Kirkbymoorside is often described as the gateway to the North Yorks Moors. Literally, ‘settlement with a church by the moor’ this is a predominantly rural community with a good golf club and a brass band which has achieved national acclaim. For those staying in a holiday cottage in the North Yorks area, it provides local services and amenities, including a busy weekly market. The surrounding countryside is breathtaking and varied; mile upon mile of heather moor land contrast with the pretty valleys of Farndale and Rosedale.
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A traditional market town in the heart of agricultural land well situated between the city of York, the North York Moors, and the seaside resorts of Filey and Scarborough, Malton has been a busy thoroughfare between coast and country for generations. Malton today still forms the heart of the surrounding farming community and is an important livestock centre, and visitors will find a lively Saturday market, regular Farmer’s markets and, around the lovely ancient market square dominated by St. Michael’s church, there is a wide choice of shops, restaurants, cafes and tearooms. Spend a pleasant hour following the town’s historic trail available from the tourist office, visiting the Malton Museum and the town’s own brewery. (more…)
Like many of its neighbouring fishing villages along the coast, pretty Runswick Bay is a quaint and charming village clinging to a steep coastline, a picturesque jumble of red pantiled roofs and whitewashed cottages. The view from the car park at the top of the village takes in the bay in all its picture-postcard beauty, a breathtaking spot and now a village for tourists in summer, but once a busy fishing village supporting twenty vessels.
The Victorian coastal resort of Saltburn By The Sea has one major claim to fame, and a rather surprising one at that, given the high number of Victorian resorts along this stretch of coastline. It is home to the only seaside pier on Yorkshire’s entire stretch of coastline, and is the most northerly located pier still in existence. The precarious-looking, elongated structure has survived shipwreck, storms and threatened demolition on numerous occasions, jutting stubbornly out into the North Sea to remain a distinctive sight along this rugged stretch of coast. Stroll to the pier end in the bracing sea air, enjoy the sandy beach and promenade, in summer lend an ear to the music wafting from the Victorian bandstand before riding the town’s famous cliff lift.
Facing the pier, this ancient water-balanced lift is now a tramway that has been hoisting fishermen and tourists alike between the pier-front promenade and the main town’s Marine Parade more than one hundred metres on the cliffs above for over two centuries. Other attractions in town include a trip back in time at the fascinating Saltburn Smugglers Heritage Centre. Set in former fishermen’s houses next to the popular Ship Inn, it explores the darker side of this fishing village’s past, with tales of shipwreck, contraband and smuggling derring-do, as townsfolk struggled to outwit the officers of the day in their pursuit of clandestine commodities and an evasion of tax. Back out in the bright light of day, enjoy the miniature railway, built in the middle of the last century, as it passes on its short journey through the lovely Saltburn Valley Gardens. Here you will find pleasant gardens and a tea room as well as the Woodland Centre, which has its own permanent orienteering trail and information on local walks, including the Cleveland Way which passes through, and attractions. In recent years surfing has become increasingly popular from Saltburn’s beach and during the summer a hire shop in the seafront caters for all levels of interest, including tuition for beginners.
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A quaint, attractive fishing village clinging to the cliffs between Scarborough and Whitby, Robin Hood’s Bay is a popular place to while away a pleasant day out and because of this it teems with visitors on sunny, summer days. Its charm lies in a peaceful blend of a romantic past, brimful of tales of smuggling and contraband, a stunning setting, narrow, winding streets and a warm welcome. This area of coastline offers some superb beaches and the wide stretch of sand leading from the village in the Bay is family friendly and ideal for fossil hunting at low tide, keeping younger holidaymakers occupied for hours at a time. There are some excellent cliff-top walks; the Coast to Coast long distance path passes through the Bay, and for those with a little spare energy an excellent traffic-free coastal cycle trail, ideal for all the family, starts at nearby Hawsker.