Nature friendly

Nature friendly logoThe North York Moors National Park and surrounding area is one of the best places in the country to enjoy and appreciate nature. You can enjoy year-round delights including spring daffodils in Farndale, carpets of bluebells and wildlife deep in the our ancient woodlands, as well as seabird colonies, whale watching and migrant spectacles at the coast..

Business who've joined the nature friendly network have gone the extra mile to offer specific activities, facilities, information and services to enhance your nature experience in the North York Moors.

Check out the map below to plan your perfect nature holiday.

So what does it all mean? Here's what to expect from a nature friendly business:


Offer facilities such as maps, books and binoculars to borrow or hire to enjoy nature on the premises or close by. They'll be able to help with advice on the nearest locations to enjoy wildlife, recommend great places to enjoy a brew with a view and point you towards activity providers offering organised trips.

Food and drink

Nature Friendly cafés are perfectly located to take in a magnificent view, see wildlife in the garden or enjoy the tranquillity of a forest setting. They might loan books or charts to identify local species, borrow binoculars and maybe even have their own nature trails to follow.

Activity providers

Allow you to get one step closer to nature. Specialised, organised trips present better opportunities to spot that illusive bird or animal. Experienced guides know how to view nature safely with minimal disruption to animals or birds.

Venues and sites

Visitor centres or reserves provide information and interpretation with staff who will be keen to tell you what to see and where. Venues typically have facilities such as cafés and toilets onsite or close by. Sites may be a little more remote and include activities such as rock pooling, venturing deep into a forest or experiencing the remoteness of a moorland walk.

Enjoy nature by bike or on foot

Don’t forget that many of our walks or cycle rides offer fantastic opportunities to experience nature under your own steam. Find out about our cycling routes and our walks for more ideas on how to plan your stay.

Become a Nature Friendly business

Do you think you've got what is needed to be a Nature Friendly business? We want to celebrate and promote businesses who meet or exceed friendly initiatives based on facilities, services and information.

Take a look at the application forms below and make sure you provide the criteria listed. You will need to send photos with your application. Once accepted, you'll get the Nature Friendly logo to use on your website/social media and be included on the interactive map above. If you have any questions contact our team on:

Nature Friendly activity provider

Nature Friendly food and drink provider 

Nature Friendly accommodation provider

Our friendly networks

It's not just nature friendly! We've got networks to suit walkers, cyclists and stargazers. Want to join the family?

Supported by

Our Nature friendly initiative has been developed as part of Destination Partnerships Moors and Dales, a partnership project to boost rural tourism across the four protected landscapes within North Yorkshire. Funding for this project has been secured from the Rural Development Programme for England, funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD): Europe investing in rural areas.

Some facts and figures...

Learn more about the tourism grant
Welcomed 49 nature friendly businesses

Welcomed 49 nature friendly businesses

Supported 5 businesses to purchase equipment

Supported 5 businesses to purchase equipment

Over £12,000 in grant funding to businesses

Over £12,000 in grant funding to businesses

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