Retreat and romance
The nights are starting to draw out, spring is nearly in the air and the North York Moors is looking gorgeous. So there's no better time to enjoy a romantic break with your loved one. From kicking the autumn leaves on a stroll through one of our ancient woodlands to cosy dinners by candlelight, it's easy to get away from it all in our corner of Yorkshire.
And it can all start with the journey here...
The Esk Valley Railway, one of the Daily Telegraph's 'top ten romantic rail journeys in Britain', wends a scenic journey from Middlesbrough to Whitby linking many riverside and moorland villages along the way. There’s plenty to get off for too, start with riverside picnic spots and a play on Lealholm's stepping stones or have your very own Romeo and Juliet moment at romantic Beggar’s Bridge in Glaisdale, with its own tale to tell.
Sticking with trains, your period carriage awaits for the North Yorkshire Moors Railway Pullman Dining experience, a sheer delight. Be warned though, these are very popular and need to be booked well in advance. Round it off with a stay in the Hideaway Treat in Pickering's The White Swan Inn, which really does come complete with its own balcony.
Escape to the country
Immersing yourself in the National Park's stunning and dramatic countryside with a walk or bike ride is not to be missed either. There's no fewer than six medieval monastic ruins to explore, each offering a haven for peace and relaxation, while a potter around one of the North York Moors' fishing villages and a romantic stroll along one of our beaches is the perfect timeout. If you're after dramatic views, check out our top 10 ideas too.
And of course all that fresh air will build up an appetite for one of the many fine dining options or cosy Yorkshire pubs.
If you're looking for something special to remember your break, there’s a creative vibrancy here that’s just waiting to be discovered, from artisan glassmakers in Rosedale Abbey to contemporary sculpture at the bils & rye and Inspired by… galleries.
Boutique breaks and chic retreats
There's chic retreats aplenty, with two lavishly and lovingly restored options on the northern side of the National Park, the five star 18th-century coaching inn, Cleveland Tontine, and Rudby Hall, a former royal residence and now luxury wedding venue. Over on the coast, Raithwaite Hall offers superb gourmet experiences with the pairing of Tom Rennolds (MasterChef finalist) and Heidi Stevens (former pastry chef on Richard Branson's Necker Island), while Ox Pasture Hall's beautiful setting within 17 acres of grounds combined with an award-winning restaurant is hard to beat.
Or how about rekindling the flame on a boutique break in Helmsley, this gorgeous market town has all the ingredients for a perfect getaway, including afternoon tea at the Black Swan Hotel and the Feversham Arms' Verbena Spa, a Tatler top five spa.
If hotels aren't your thing, you'll find there's a bolthole to suit all tastes, from chic B&Bs to luxury lodges. In fact two of TripAdvisor's 2016 top B&B's in the UK wouldn't be a bad place to start. Take your pick from Robin Hood Bay's The Grange Bed and Breakfast (7th) or Goathland's Eighteen97 (12th). Don't miss the chance to stay in The Pigsty too, yes really! The Landmark Trust have lovingly restored Squire Barry's 19th Century Mediterranean inspired temple for pigs into a classy hideaway with breathtaking views over Robin Hood's Bay.
Nestling in the National Park, deep in the heart of Cropton Forest, Cropton cabins make an ideal base for adventures, exploring or simply relaxing. The Golden Oak Hideaway cabins are the ultimate love-nest and the perfect place for a mini-moon. Built exclusively for couples, expect hot tubs, wood burning stoves, hammocks and a sunken bath, big enough for two with panoramic forest views thrown in. And if you really want to indulge and spoil your loved one, extra treats (bookable in advance) include spa treatments where you can enjoy a couples’ massage in the comfort of your cabin. Don't forget to book the Romantic Evening In, think champagne, chocolates, rose petals and massage oil.
Head to the North York Moors, where peace, solitude and beauty rub shoulders with a rich history, a warm welcome and lasting memories.
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