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Market towns and villages

Helmsley by Chris J ParkerHelmsley by Chris J Parker

Dotted throughout the North York Moors are bustling market towns and picturesque villages with warm welcomes and intriguing local tales from smugglers to industrious monks.

Timeless stone-built villages nestling in peaceful dales score highly on charm while also being living records of human habitation. Hutton le Hole is a big favourite, with wandering sheep on its pristine green and tinkling streams, Thornton le Dale is pretty as a picture, while Goathland is probably our most famous (the ‘Heartbeat’ village).

On the North York Moors' coast, undisputed best day-out for beachcombing is Runswick Bay, explore the old smugglers’ haunt and fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay, and get creative in arty Staithes, which may seem more than a touch familiar to those whose children are fans of CBeebies' Old Jack's Boat!



A gem of a market town, with Norman castle, delis, independent shops, galleries and boutique beds

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Food Festival, Malton


Yorkshire's Food Capital? Delis, markets, festival, cookery school, microbreweries… who's to argue?

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Busy market town, set between castle, church and river, home to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway

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Rosedale Abbey by Mike Kipling

Rosedale Abbey

The legendary descent of Chimney Bank leads to this pretty village, home to artisan glassmakers

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Family at Whitby by Tony Bartholomew


Atmospheric town where Whitby Abbey, Dracula, Captain Cook and fish & chips await

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