Discover the beauty of the North York Moors, the Yorkshire coastline and some of Britain’s most amazing countryside scenery on a bespoke tour of Yorkshire. Travel across the wild, brooding moorland, through lush valleys and rolling dales, as this private tour of the Moors heads to the Yorkshire coastline.
The Amazing Moors
Explore the beauty of the North York Moors and the spectacular Yorkshire coastline on a private tour of the Amazing Moors. This bespoke tour from York takes you on a journey through the beautiful Yorkshire countryside and into the wild, brooding North York Moors.
Discover quaint market towns, rolling hills and dales, vast open moorland, spectacular ruined abbeys, historic steam railways and much more as you travel through the North York Moors to the Yorkshire coast at Whitby, Staithes or Robin Hood’s Bay.
How it works:
On this private tour of Yorkshire, we can help you create your perfect itinerary in the North York Moors, taking you into the heart of this rugged, rural part of Yorkshire.
Take a look at the ‘suggested itinerary’, add in some of the ‘options to consider’, or simply tell us the sort of experience you would like to have and we will do the rest.
Start the day with collection from your accommodation in York (or wherever you are staying) at 9:00am and travel out of the city towards the North York Moors. You’ll soon be surrounded by the beauty of Yorkshire countryside as we travel through farmland and open fields.
A first stop of the day in Helmsley allows you chance to explore the quaint, typically northern English market town, with chance to enjoy coffee in a local café and perhaps walk around the ruins of Helmsley Castle.
Leaving Helmsley, the journey now takes us to the edge of the North York Moors as we pass through Hutton-le-Hole, one of England’s most idyllic villages. As we drive out of the village the scenery changes dramatically as we reach the Moors – an area of open heathland and steep, lush valleys. There are at least a dozen routes we can take on our journey through the North York Moors, with countless photo opportunities presenting themselves along the way. The views of Rosedale, Glaisdale and Little Fryupdale are among the most picturesque sights in Yorkshire.
At the far end of the North York Moors is Whitby, the bustling fishing town on the Yorkshire coast. This makes a great place to stop for lunch (Whitby is famous for its fish and chips) with countless fish and chip restaurants to choose from. During a visit to Whitby you can explore the ruins of Whitby Abbey, visit the Captain Cook Memorial Museum, take a boat ride from the harbour to see the setting of Whitby from the sea, enjoy a stroll along the beach and even visit the Dracula Experience Museum!
In the afternoon we begin the journey back across the North York Moors, giving you another chance to experience the wildness of the open moorland and beauty of its lush valleys. A stop at Goathland on the return journey allows you to visit the railway station known to many as ‘Hogsmeade’ – Goathland’s railway station was used in the filming of the Harry Potter film series.
The town of Pickering is home to one of Yorkshire’s hidden gems – the Church of St Peter and St Paul. The unassuming parish church boasts an incredible collection of murals on its walls, dating from 1450 and wonderfully preserved (by accident) for hundreds of years.
The final part of the journey back to York gives you the chance to find a charming countryside pub for a pint of local ale and chance to review the day’s adventure with your driver-guide, before finally returning to York to be dropped off at your accommodation in the city.
Options to consider:
- Byland Abbey – a great photo opportunity at the site of this ancient abbey.
- “The Finest View in England” – the view from Sutton Bank across the amazing farming countryside of North Yorkshire.
- Rievaulx Abbey – one of Britain’s great abbeys, founded in the 12th century. A truly breath-taking site to see and is located just a few minutes from Helmsley.
- Castle Howard – Yorkshire’s finest stately home, famously featured as ‘Brideshead’ in Brideshead Revisited. A visit to the amazing estate and stately home can easily be added to the start or end of a day in the North York Moors.
- Steam Train – adding a steam train journey as part of the day is a great way to enhance your private tour of the North York Moors.
- Staithes or Robin Hood’s Bay – these quaint, picturesque fishing villages cling to the cliffs on the Yorkshire coastline, either side of Whitby.
- Countryside and Coastal Walk – if you enjoy walking or hiking, we can easily include a walk (of any length) to your private tour.
How to book:
Use the form below to enquire about this private tour – tell us when and where you would like to go.
Our private tours are competitively priced, available for 1 – 8 people (larger groups can also be accommodated) and run all year round.