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Hygge - the North York Moors way

How to hygge - enjoying a hot toddy Credit Ceri OakesHow to hygge - enjoying a hot toddy Credit Ceri Oakes

Here's 20 great ways to feel hygge on the North York Moors Coast this autumn and winter

  • Meet friends, make friends, snug in a coastal pub, watching the waves and waiting for a storm to break
  • Winter’s a great time of year to find fossils, especially after a storm. Insiders like Will from Hidden Horizons and Sean from Real Staithes can show you where to go
  • Wrap up warm and go outside in the dark to marvel at our starry skies, before retreating indoors to a hot meal and log fire
  • We’re Britain’s Capital of Cake so where better to savour homemade cakes, locally roasted Baytown Coffee or a hot chocolate, especially after a spot of beach-combing?
  • Paddle in the sea’s shallow waters and relish that lovely cold tingling feeling in your feet before you reward yourself with warming fresh-from-the-sea fish and chips

Sandsend Beach Credit Tony Bartholomew

  • Hygge isn’t just for humans. Don’t leave your dog at home – they’ll love running on the beach, taking in the dog friendly spa at Raithwaite Hall and we have plenty of dog-friendly accommodation too
  • Relax. No need to rush off. Take pleasure in just sitting, reading and enjoying the warmth of an open fire in a homely holiday cottage with friends
  • Retreat from the world with a romantic break. There are fewer people around so it’s easy to escape. You could even watch the sun set from a hot tub in a cosy cottage or treat yourself to a spa
  • Enjoy the warm glow of achievement and satisfaction of time well-spent by learning a new skill or trying something different. Choose from crafts, adventures, cookery or photography
  • Hunker down and enjoy the simple pleasure of time with friends listening to live music in a North York Moors pub such as Ye Dolphin in Robin Hood's Bay or Tea, Toast + Post or the Spa Hotel at Saltburn
  • Look out for ghouls on a ghost walk in Robin Hood's Bay, or light candles and take turns to make up stories of smugglers and seafarers
  • Indulge in a celebratory meal in an excellent restaurant, where chefs are proud to use fantastic North York Moors produce
  • Appreciate the changing seasons and the tiny daily changes. Use our nature calendar to see what to spot

Bridge Cottage Bistro Credit Ceri Oakes

  • Stock up on books for cosy winter reading: ask the booklovers who run the book shops in Whitby and Saltburn and for recommendations
  • Enjoy some nostalgic leaf kicking in the ancient native woodlands such as Mulgrave Woods, before heading to Bridge Cottage Bistro at the entrance of the woods