Capital of Cake

Explore Britain's Capital of Cake

With baking traditions, tight-lipped generational secrets and skilled bakers, the North York Moors is home to some of the best local bakes and classic cakes.

Discover teashops in tranquil villages, local produce from working farms and walled gardens, afternoon tea overlooking the coast or at historic abbeys, hotels, delis, caf├ęs and bakeries - all put cake on the centre stage in the North York Moors.

The Baker's House Polly BaldwinWhitby Deli Ceri Oakes

The Capital of Cake campaign was the brainchild of the North York Moors Tourism Network in 2015, supported by the North York Moors National Park. If you'd like to be one of the Capital of Cake destinations email Emily.

Cake adventures with David Atherton , from the Great British Bake Off

Local lad, former GBBO winner and food writer, David, made a special trip back home to uncover the baking delights of the North York Moors.

In a series of four films he recalls fond memories from his childhood whilst discovering new places. His explorations around the National Park involve lots of car-free ways to travel, with more emphasis on appreciating the journey. Along the way he picks up inspiration for a special birthday bake, in honour of the National Park's 70th anniversary.

See the trailer below and watch all four episodes here.

Journey across the Capital of Cake car free !

Reflecting on his adventures, David loved touring across the North York Moors showing how many ways we can ditch a car and use alternative modes of transport. Not only from a feel-good, environmental perspective. It adds an extra element of appreciating the journey and seeing new landscapes, in an entirely different way.

Throughout his Capital of Cake journey, we see the benefits of earning your cake calories by walking to your destination. We covered the Cleveland Way and Esk Valley walk. Take a look at our walking pages to plan your cake trail. Cycling is another fantastic way to discover new trails and cover greater distances- especially if you opt for an electric bike!

Cinnamon Twist Credit Polly BaldwinCapital of Cake David Atherton Credit Hewitt & Walker

Public transport is aplenty in the National Park so do think about ways you can take the bus and train whilst getting around. If you're feeling particularly adventurous and have the sea legs, see our coast by getting out on the water.

Plan your tasty tour

Spend time exploring the surrounding landscape and earn your slice of the sweet stuff. Many places are in amazing locations to walk, cycle, run or otherwise.

The blue icons are accommodation providers who welcome you with cake - now that's an introduction to the North York Moors!

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