Storey Farm Cottage

Sutton Bank. Photo credit: Yorkshire.com.

Things to do

Walkers’ Paradise

One of the best ways to enjoy the Moors that overlook the farm, is to explore them on foot. Here are a few of our favourite walks.

Rosedale Mines

Rosedale Abbey is literally a few minutes down the road and this 7½-mile circuit takes you from the village up to Rosedale and brings you back past the ruins of the industrial roasting kilns.

Bridestones

This short walk takes you round the Bridestones, fabulous, naturally sculptured pillars of sandstone, narrower at the bottom than the top.

Mallyan Spout

This is another short one, this time through the beautiful terrain of Goathland – it does have some rough terrain though nearer the Spout.

Falling Foss

An easy two-mile circular walk through magical woodlands to the 30-foot high Falling Foss waterfall.

Hole of Horcum

The Hole of Horcum is worth a visit even if you stay in the car and simply enjoy the breath-taking view! But the valley itself is criss-crossed with paths making walking easy.

Family Days Out

From Viking Jorvik to surf lessons on Scarborough beach, plus everything in between, the family’s not going to get bored easily.

Peasholm Park (1 hour away in Scarborough)

Enjoy donkey rides, pedalos and a seaside ice cream at the quirky, historic Peasholm Park in Scarborough. Entrance is free and the park never closes!

The Dracula Experience (45 minutes away in Whitby)

Whitby is uniquely tied to Bram Stoker’s iconic Vampire Prince, and the Dracula Experience uses animated scenes, electronic special effects and live actors bring this thrilling story to life.

Steam train, Pickering

Step back in time with a trip on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway – one of the most relaxing ways to enjoy the beauty of the National Park.

The North Yorkshire and Cleveland Heritage Coast

The coastline to the east offers an extremely varied range of environments for the family to explore, including quaint seaside towns, towering cliffs, sheltered bays, and sandy beaches perfect for rock pooling, beachcombing, and even fossil-hunting.

Puffins at Bempton Cliffs

The towering chalk cliffs at Bempton are home to 250,000 seabirds and there’s something to see all the year round. Spring and summer are particularly spectacular and noisy!

Cruckley Animal Farm, Driffield, (1 hour away)

Feed, pet, and handle animals and baby chicks at this traditional family run farm. It’s a great family day out and a wonderful countryside experience.

Monk Park Farm, Thirsk (1 hour away)

Visit a menagerie of animals including lambs, sheep, goats, calves, cattle, pigs, ponies, donkeys, horses, llamas, alpacas, wallabies, albino wallabies, deer, ducks, geese, hens, peacocks, rabbits and guinea pigs. Phew!

National Centre for Birds of Prey, Duncombe Park at Helmsley (40 minutes away)

You’ll need at least half a day to see the largest and most varied collection of birds of prey in the north of England, and with three totally different flying demonstrations a day, many visitors make a whole day of it.

Forbidden Corner, near Middleham (1 ½ to 2 hours away)

The Forbidden Corner is an enchanting maze of gardens, underground follies, talking birds and hidden water jets! An absolute must if you want a day out like no other.

Beside the Seaside…

From Staithes in the north to Scarborough in the south, the National Park contains some of the UK’s most exciting and beautiful coastline.

Whitby

The main beach at Whitby is easily accessible on foot, is loooong and very sandy, offers nice views, and has excellent splashing around potential – making it extremely popular in the summer months so get there early if you’re planning a family day out! There’s even donkey rides in high season.

Scarborough

Scarborough actually has two long sandy beaches, with the southern beach being the somewhat busier, traditionally English seaside bit. Though quieter, the north beach has the Sea Life Centre and plenty of ice creams!

Runswick Bay

Another sandy beach with Pay & Display parking very close by. The village itself is very pretty and the views of the cliffs are dramatic. It’s also usually a lot quieter than Whitby but possibly with fewer easily accessible amenities.

Robin Hoods Bay

Okay, there isn’t exactly a beach but there’s plenty of rock-pooling. Also, the village of Robin Hoods Bay is a secret treasure of the east coast but be warned, the walk down from the car park might be easy, the walk back however…

Sandsend beach, Sandsend Village

There’s a few good pubs within easy reach in the oft-overlooked Sandsend Village, and fairly easily accessible public toilets on the road. The beach is really just the northern tip of the great beach at Whitby, making Sandsend is a good alternative destination when the latter’s too busy.

Historical Days Out

These ancient hills have harboured humans for generations uncounted – here’s some of the things to look out for…

Ryedale Folk Museum (15 minutes away)

Having spent half a century conserving some of Ryedale’s most magnificent bits of heritage for future generations to enjoy, the museum offers a unique glimpse of the past – a great day out for all the family.

Eden Camp (35 minutes away)

One of the largest and most comprehensive museums covering British military and social history from 1914 onwards.

Pickering Castle (20 minutes)

Pickering is just a stone’s throw away with this splendid 13th century castle that has been used as a royal hunting lodge, a holiday home, and a stud farm by a succession of medieval kings.

Rievaulx Abbey (45 minutes away)

The wilds of Yorkshire (as was) attracted those interested in the seclusion of monastic life, and Rievaulx Abbey’s many phases of building reflect the developing ideas of the Cistercian monks.

Fountains Abbey, near Ripon (1½ hours away)

Another beautiful Cistercian abbey with 400 years of monastic history before becoming part of the elegant Georgian water garden and medieval deer park of Studley Royal – well worth a full day.

York (1 hour away)

Rich in ancient history, romantic ambience, and fun activities, York is the perfect destination for couples, families, and groups. Renowned for its exquisite architecture, tangle of quaint cobbled streets, iconic York Minster, and wealth of visitor attractions, including Viking Jorvik, the Castle Museum, and York Dungeons.

Arts, Crafts and All Things Cultural

The region has a rich heritage of internationally renowned arts and crafts, and you are never more than an hour away from great theatre.

Gillies Jones Glassblowing Workshop, Rosedale Abbey (5 minutes away)

Following a local glassblowing tradition that goes back to at least the 1500’s, artists Stephen Gillies and Kate Jones create visually stunning blown & engraved glass art inspired by the Moors. If you’re lucky, you’ll even be able to watch the glass being blown while you’re there.

Mouseman Museum & Gift Shop, Kilburn (50 minutes away)

Robert Thompson famously “signed” all of his beautifully hand-crafted oaken furniture with a little wooden mouse. You can see his work at the Mouseman while the Gift Shop offers a range of naturally seasoned English Oak furniture and gifts.

Exhibitions & garden, Nunnington Hall (20 mins away)

Famed for its picturesque location, organic walled garden, resident peacocks, and high profile art and photography exhibitions, Nunnington Hall offers something for everyone to enjoy.

Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough (1 hour away)

A beautiful 1930s Grade II listed building with an original art deco interior in the centre of Scarborough, offering a brilliantly diverse range of shows, events, live-streaming and films.

York Theatres, York (1 hour away)

Take in a show at one of York’s many theatres or just enjoy the performances of the city’s talented street entertainers as you meander through cobbled medieval streets.

York Minster (1 hour away)

A world-class cathedral with medieval stained glass including the legendary 'Heart of Yorkshire' window, and countless stone masterpieces – it’s a tenner to get in and kids go free with an adult.

York Art Gallery (1 hour away)

With a collection spanning more than 600 years including works from 14th century Italy, 17th century Dutch masterpieces, Victorian narrative paintings and 20th century works by LS Lowry and David Hockney.

Bils & Rye, Nunnington (40 minutes away)

An inspiring art gallery in the heart of North Yorkshire exhibiting eye-catching contemporary sculpture and exquisite ceramics from some of the UK’s finest artists and makers.

Action & Adventure

Get the heart pumping with exhilarating adventure by land, sea, or air!

Surfing at Cayton Bay, Scarborough (1 hour away)

Open 365 days a year, the Surf School at Cayton has activities ranging from surf lessons when the surf’s up, to Stand Up Paddle Boarding and Coasteering when the water’s flatter. Large or small groups welcome.

Go Ape, Dalby Forest (40 minutes away)

Traverse the Great Yorkshire Forest without touching the ground, feel the wind in your face as you whizz from hill to hill, or enjoy a more sedate ramble on terra firma, all tailored for specific age groups.

Bike hire, Dalby Forest (40 minutes away)

With 8,000 acres of forest, Dalby boasts some of the best off road cycling in the country and has separate routes for children and families, as well as more experienced off-roaders.

Horse riding, Sinnington (25 minutes away)

The Friars Hill Stables is just down the road and offers indoor classes as well as hacks through the local environs.

Horse riding, Boltby (1 hour away)

The farm-run riding centre at Boltby is a bit further away but has a wide variety of bridleways, as well as forestry, hill, and moorland trails. They have horses and rides to suit any level of expertise.

Horse riding, Helmsley (40 minutes away)

At over 150 years old, Helmsley Riding School is the oldest in the country, offering any-level hacks through Rievaulx, Riccaldale, Ashdale and Beckdale, as well as Duncombe Park.

Watering Holes, Eateries and Right Nice Cuppas

From traditional and homely to fine modern dining, there’s a surprisingly good range of cafes, pubs and restaurants within easy reach - you’ll even find a few Michelin stars scattered around!

The Blacksmith’s Arms, Hartoft (walkable)

Fires in the winter and cosy all year round, this award-winning country Inn sits on the edge of Cropton Forest, serving fabulous locally sourced food.

The Blacksmith’s Arms, Lastingham (15 minutes away)

Open every day from noon, there’s always a fire lit in this atmospheric, 17th Century pub where the staff are passionate about real ale and real food. Lastingham is a lovely little village with a Saxon crypt in the church.

The Fox & Hounds, Sinnington (15 minutes away)

This traditional country pub inhabits the old 18th Century coaching inn. Famous for its massive, double-sided log burner, it prides itself on using local suppliers for its excellent, ever-changing menu, and its AA Rosette for culinary excellence.

The Star, Harome (30 minutes away)

This is an old (possible 14th Century), traditional Yorkshire pub that just so happens to also be a Michelin starred restaurant. An absolute must visit for foodies in search of uniquely Yorkshire, world-class cuisine!

Trenchers, Whitby - Fish & Chips

A day out in Whitby isn’t complete without fish and chips! Hand prepared on site, and cooked fresh to order in traditional beef dripping, Trenchers is a great place to do just that. You can also get fresh salmon, crab, homemade Trenchers fish pie, and of course, Whitby scampi.

Cream tea at Dale Head Farm, Rosedale (10 minutes away)

Relax and enjoy the beautiful views of Rosedale valley while sampling great baking by local farmer’s wife, Maggie Barraclough. The perfect cream tea oasis for weary walkers in need of a decent cuppa and a slice of homemade cake.

Ampleforth Abbey Tea Room, near York (40 minutes away)

An extant, working abbey that produces its own beers, ciders and brandies. You can also visit the tea room, offering lovely homemade cakes and scones, as well as light meals, and which is furnished with the famous ‘Mousey Thompson’ tables.

Betty’s Tearoom, York (1 hour away)

The Art Deco splendour of Betty’s in York owes its origins to the designers and craftsmen of the RMS Queen Mary’s lavish interior. They don't take reservations in the café but you can make reservations for the quintessential Afternoon Tea.

Gardens

Slow things right down with a visit to some of the county’s most celebrated displays of horticultural excellence.

Scampston Walled Garden (45 minutes away)

Acclaimed as one of the finest gardens to visit in North Yorkshire, Scampston Walled Garden is a stunningly beautiful contemporary garden, quite unlike any other.

Walled Garden Helmsley (40 minutes away)

The five tranquil acres of this 250-year-old walled garden have been lovingly brought back to life from dereliction over the last twenty years to become a major visitor attraction.

Wolds Way Lavender (45 minutes away)

A wonderful, relaxing place to visit – surrounded by mature woodland, on the edge of the picturesque Yorkshire Wolds, the farm has over 120 different types of Lavenders and Herbs growing which, when in flower, paint an incredible splash of colour across the site.

Terrington Lavender (50 minutes away)

Yorkshire's Premier, Multi Award-Winning 60 acre Lavender Farm and Gardens nestled amidst the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – need we say more?

RHS Harlow Carr, Harrogate (1½ hours away)

Set in a valley just outside of Harrogate (itself worth a visit), Harlow Carr has a wide variety of growing landscapes, from running and still water to woodland and wildflower meadows.

Rainy days with family

It has been known to occasionally rain in Yorkshire and over the millennia we’ve developed ways of coping when it does. Here’s a few of the ideas we’re willing to share.

Moors National Park Centre, Danby (40 minutes away)

The historic visitor centre, set in an idyllic spot on the banks of the River Esk, affords views of pretty much everything that makes the North York Moors National Park so special: moorland, woodland, farmland, miles of hedges and drystone walls, and historic buildings.

Pot Doodles, Thornton le Dale (30 minutes away)

Have fun with the whole family as you express your creativity – choose a piece of pottery, paint it to your own design, and let Pot Doodles fire it, leaving you with a work of art!