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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

Hygge is not just for winter... here's 20 great ways to feel cosy on the North York Moors Coast all year round

  • Meet friends, make friends, snug in a coastal pub, watching the waves and waiting for a storm to break
  • Our coast is a brilliant place to go fossil hunting, 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
  • Take a trip on a boat out to the seal colony at Ravenscar. From June, you can see common seal pups while from November onwards you may spot grey seal pups

Bridge Cottage Bistro Credit Ceri Oakes

  • Stock up on books for cosy 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