North York Moors
The North York Moors National Park is situated between York, Thirsk,
Middlesbrough and Scarborough. Covering 554 square miles of countryside and 30 miles (almost 50 km) of coastline, the North York Moors National Park is the 4th largest national park in England.
There are a total of 11 National Parks in England and Wales, which all work to conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of their areas. The North York Moors was designated a National Park 1952 and since then has continued to keep the special qualities of the Moors intact.
Contrary to most people's belief the NYMNP is not owned by the state. 80% of the Park is privately owned and 40% of the land is still used for farming. This is what brings the Moors alive and visitors can choose to visit a variety of different things from working farms to historic ruins, rugged coastline to open moorland, quiet picturesque villages to bustling market towns.
Culture and traditions are as much a part of the North York Moors as the landscape itself. Its depth of cultural heritage and history of human interaction with the environment is what sets this National Park apart and makes it so distinctive. Many workshops producing traditional furniture and pottery are open to the public and reflect the importance to this area of keeping old processes alive.
The Moors are also steeped in history, with iron age forts and Roman Camps, castles and abbeys, moorland crosses and the remains of important early industrial sites open for visitors. There are dozens of historic sites to visit and properties managed by the National Trust and English Heritage. 12 miles of our coastline is also protected and managed by the National Trust.
For the more energetic visitors there is no shortage of activities and treks available, with over 1,400 miles (almost 2,300 km) of paths and tracks to choose from it is overflowing with opportunities for walking, cycling and horse riding. You can also visit one of the many activity centres in the area and take part in air sports, birdwatching, cycling, fishing, golf, horse riding, motor sports, rock climbing, trekking and watersports. The only potential problem is knowing where to begin!
Travelling to the North York Moors by train is easy. The closest mainline train stations are York, Northallerton and Darlington, from which you can travel on to Malton, Scarborough, Middlesbrough, Whitby and many more little stations in between. Buses also run all over the park, including the park's very own Moorsbus, a fantastic network visiting some of the park's best known attractions.
For more information contact:
British Tourist Authority - 0871 572 3058
Tourist Information Numbers
North York Moors National Park
Address: Sustainable Tourism Project
The Old Vicarage
Telephone Number: +44 (0) 1439 770 657 Ext:228
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