Explore more, spend less

Explore the North York Moors for less

At a time when many are feeling the squeeze on household budgets, the ability to get out and experience nature is still vitally important to our health and wellbeing. We’ve put together a few tips on how you can save money, while experiencing some incredible places across the North York Moors.

Travel for less

  1. Don't miss the 840 Coastliner service, previously voted Britain's most scenic bus route! Pick up their various daily services from Leeds, Tadcaster, York, Easingwold and Malton, serving Pickering, Thornton le Dale, Goathland and Whitby. Dogs travel free of charge too. Plus most single bus journeys will cost no more than £2 until the end of December 2024.
  2. Explore our extraordinary coast with the Arriva Family 3 Day ticket. A family of up to 2 adults and 3 children (between the ages of 5 to under 16) can get 3 days bus travel, exploring stunning destinations like Staithes, Robin Hood’s Bay and Whitby for £32 (£10.67 per day). See their X4/X4a/X93/X94 services.
  3. Hop on board the Esk Valley Railway, a beautiful, scenic line connecting Middlesbrough, the North York Moors and Whitby, and get a 1/3 off fares with the Esk Valley Residents' Railcard for £10 a year (terms apply). Stop off at rural gems like Glaisdale to see ancient stone trods, pretty bluebell woods and the tranquil River Esk.
  4. Make a beeline from the city to the coast on a National Express coach from Leeds to Whitby. This great service travels through Tadcaster, York, Malton and Pickering before reaching the coast. Save money on tickets by booking at least three days in advance and avoiding peak times. Save more with one of their Young Person/ Senior/ Disabled Coach cards.

Byland Abbey (c) Dependable Productions

Adventure for less

  1. With stunning scenic walks, thrill seeking bike trails, a climbing cave, picnic spots and even a dragon – there’s plenty to explore at our Danby Lodge and Sutton Bank National Park Centres. Entry is free – parking charges apply.
  2. With free entry, Byland Abbey is the perfect place for a low-cost, cultural adventure. So why not have a picnic among the grounds of what was once one of the greatest monasteries in England – a truly outstanding example of early gothic architecture.
  3. If you’ve got a bike, then head out onto the 21.7 mile Cinder Track which links Scarborough to Whitby – it’s one of the best cycle routes in the UK! It’s easy to navigate, has great sea views and is suitable for all standards of bikes and riders.
  4. Broxa Forest is a great place for a dog walk. Roam among Broxa’s trees and keep your eyes peeled for its summer population of nightjars – a nocturnal bird from Africa. There’s free parking at Reasty Hill Top. Dogs can be off lead in Forestry England woods, but always make sure they are under control.
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