North Yorkshire Attractions

Within a very short drive of Beech Farm you will discover a wealth of places to visit and activities to pursue.  The attractions of North Yorkshire appeal to all tastes and ages.  The range from open moors, to forests, coastal walks, abbeys castles, historic buildings, seaside resorts, market towns and small villages.  Activities easily available are walking (moorland, forests, coast), riding, cycling, swimming, fishing, karting, paintballing, off-road 4x4, golf etc.

North Yorkshire Moors National Park

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North Yorkshire Moors National Park. The 554 square miles of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park - the largest expanse of moorland heather in England - starts only two miles up the lane.  Vast expanses of open moorland plus pretty dales and villages.  Within the moors there is also the large forests of Cropton & Dalby with their forest walks & bridleways for cycling and riding.  But the reason why the North York Moors is so very special is probably summed up best by Aelred, Abbot of Rievaulx Abbey (1142-1167) :-

"Everywhere peace, everywhere serenity, and a marvelous freedom from the tumult of the world"

For more information about the moors National Park click here :  North Yorkshire Moors

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

A ride on the 24 mile long North Yorkshire Moors heritage railway is usually a must for visitors.  The railway starts at Pickering station only 3 miles from Beech Farm Cottages and goes right across the National Park to Whitby.

The Coast

The coast.  The Heritage Coast seaside attractions are all within a short drive.  They range from the resort town of Scarborough to the picturesque old fishing ports of Whitby, Robin Hood's Bay & Staithes.  Runswick Bay is a large unspoilt sandy bay where you can find fossils in the cliffs.  Filey has a long Sandy beach and at Bempton just south of Scarborough there are the highest cliffs in England full of gannets, cormorants and puffins.

Where the National Park meets the coast if forms the Heritage Coast.  A coastline of high cliffs and rocky shores, attractive villages and remains of ancient industries, a coastline rich in wild flowers, nesting seabirds, fossils and abundant shore life. A coastline where you can follow the cliff top path for over 30 miles of exhilarating walking or take a gentle saunter along the beach.

Flamingo Land theme park, adventure rides & zoo

Nearby Flamingo Land is a favourite with children (7 miles south).  "White knuckle" rides for teenagers.  Fun rides and the zoo for younger children.  20 minutes from Beech Farm.  

Picturesque and historic villages & market towns

Picturesque and historic market towns like Helmsley & Pickering are only a few miles away.  Also nearby, within the Moors National Park, are several pretty villages often with good pubs and restaurants.  For instance Hutton le Hole where the sheep graze in the center of the village and Lastingham (3 miles from Beech Farm) where the village church has a crypt dating back nearly 1,000 years.

Castle Howard

One of the greatest houses in England, Castle Howard, is only a 30 minute drive from Beech Farm.  Castle Howard, magnificent in its scale and breathtaking in its beauty, is a spectacular eighteenth-century palace, which has been home to the Howard family for 300 years.  The house, gardens and grounds are open to the public.  In summer a number of special events and concerts are held there. 


York Minster

York Minster

The historic walled city of York, England's most popular tourist city after London, is easily accessible and warrants a day in itself.  The main highlights are the Minster (the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe), the city walls, the maze of medieval shopping streets in the centre, the National Railway Museum, the Castle and its Museum, the River Ouse running through the centre.  Children enjoy the Jorvik centre.  In addition there are excellent pub, restaurants,  Bettys teashop, and Theatres.  York Racecourse hold several major meetings in the summer.  28 miles south of Beech Farm.

Internet links for more information :-
York Minster

National Railway Museum

Abbeys, Castles & Historic Houses

Close by is Rievaulx Abbey, the dramatic and extensive remains of the largest monastic establishment in Britain. A magnificent example of Gothic architecture in a beautiful setting.  Other impressive abbeys are at Whitby and Byland.  There are the remains of Norman castles at Pickering & Helmsley and historic houses at Nunnington Hall (National Trust), Hovingham Hall, Duncombe Park (home of Lord & Lady Feversham) etc.

For more information visit the English Heritage website : English Heritage, Rievaulx Abbey


Museums in the area include York Castle Museum, the National Railway Museum (home of over 100 locomotives telling the story of the railway from Stevenson to the Eurostar).  Eden camp the wartime museum.  Ryedale Folk Museum which is the finest open air museum in Yorkshire - an amazing collection of rescued and restored historic buildings.  Beck Isle Museum in Pickering, and the Captain Cook Museum at Whitby.  They are all within easy reach of Beech Farm.

Other Activities

In addition to the wide range of walking, cycling, and swimming opportunities in the area there are also the following activities easily available :-
Go Ape : Climb in the trees and ride zip wires across the valleys in Dalby Forest.  Great adventure - but safe.
Horse Riding : There are local riding stables with horses to suit all abilities and wonderful riding tracks
Golf : The nearest 18 hole golf courses are Kirkbymoorside (4 miles) with its new £1m lottery funded clubhouse & Malton (15 miles).  Ganton, a Championship course, is about a half hours drive away.
Fishing : Trout fishing in Pickering, coarse fishing lakes in the Vale of Pickering, sea fishing from Whitby or Scarborough.
Paintballing, karting, Quad biking, off-road 4x4 all available in the area for the more adventurous.