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Hidden Gems of the North York Moors

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From tucked-away villages and local pubs to romantic ruins and scenic trails. This article lets you know some incredible hidden gems of the North York Moors you might have missed!

The North York Moors is a gorgeous natural landscape home to miles and miles of unspoiled terrain filled with secret pathways, fascinating wildlife, heather moorland and much more. But it is also full of hidden gems! From miles of sweeping moors to carefully preserved towns and villages, explore these hidden gems of the North York Moors with us as we uncover its many wonders.


Find the magical Falling Foss Waterfall and Tea Garden

Falling Foss Waterfall.

Our first North York Moors hidden gem is just 6 miles from Whitby. Falling Foss waterfall is 30 feet high and sits amongst ancient woodland that you can explore.

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There’s even a cosy tea garden where you can relax with drinks or warm up with homemade soup while enjoying the atmosphere. There’s also a lovely woodland play area for children to enjoy.

Hot Chocolate and Soup At Falling Foss Tea Garden.

We recommend visiting in the autumn, so don’t fear rainy spells! They only make the waterfall more beautiful. Wrap up warm and wear sturdy footwear.

While visiting and trying out the local trails, you may even come across the Hermitage, an incredible cave carved out of a large boulder believed to have been home to Yorkshire hermit during the 18th century.

Falling Foss Woodland Play Area.

This is a perfect spot for a family day out; seeing children paddling and playing in the woodland is lovely.


Explore Dalby Forest

Superworm Trail.

Dalby Forest is a beautiful place to explore, with natural beauty and adventure galore. There are 8,500 breathtaking acres to discover, and there is something suitable for everyone.

There are thrilling activities at Go Ape and Dalby Activity Centre, which will pump your adrenaline. Woodland trails satisfy nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts, while the Gruffalo orienteering course or Superworm trails are there to make magical memories with the family.

Dalby Forest a DArk Skies Discovery Site.

Even when night comes around, look up into the sky as it transforms into a Dark Sky Discovery Site where you can witness thousands of stars twinkling away without even needing binoculars.


Visit Goathland, Mallyan Spout Waterfall and Beck Hole

Aidensfield Garage.

Another one of our hidden gems is Goathland, a spectacular village in the heart of the North York Moors National Park. This destination is full of natural beauty and history and is home to some of the most breathtaking views in Yorkshire.

Goathland village was also the setting of the fictional village of Aidensfield in the Heartbeat television series set in the 1960s; many people visit today to see the recognisable garage, shops, and pub.

Mallyan Spout Waterfall In The North York Moors.

Nearby are Mallyan Spout Waterfall, Beck Hole, and Goathland Station. The Mallyan Spout waterfall is one of the most beautiful attractions in Goathland. This cascading waterfall plummets 100 feet and is the perfect place for photography and walking enthusiasts; plenty of trails lead up to this stunning spot.

Beck Hole is a small valley village within the Goathland civil parish and the North York Moors National Park.

Goathland Station.

Goathland Railway Station has a fascinating past; it was first built over 150 years ago, and its original platform is still intact. Today, this station serves as a stop on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway line and makes for a great day out with your family or friends. Goathland station also has strong ties to Harry Potter!

It was once the filming location for Hogsmeade station. So, whether you are a die-hard fan or simply looking for something fun to do on your visit, exploring these Harry Potter connections is a great way to spend an afternoon in Goathland.


Follow in the footsteps of smugglers at Robin Hood’s Bay

Robin Hood's Bay.

Well, it is known for its secret tunnels and smuggling history. Robin Hood’s Bay is a small fishing village on the North Yorkshire Coast.

Whether you want to relax, get active, explore, or do a bit of all three, Robin Hood’s Bay is the ideal location. It has plenty of places to stay, things to do, restaurants and pubs, and a lot of history.

Robin Hood's Bay Beach.

You can walk to Robin Hood’s Bay from Whitby and vice versa via the Cleveland Way, one of our favourite ways to spend a day. The views are incredible. Follow the route here.


Stay at Boggle Hole Hostel and visit Boggle Hole

Boggle Hole and Boggle Hole Beach.

Bursting with myths and legends, Boggle Hole is a fantastic place to visit for a day out on the coast. It’s a lovely beach for children to explore, hunt for fossils and learn stories about Boggles.

Some people believed that boggles were small, mischievous goblins with healing powers who lived in caves around North Yorkshire. After years of being worn by the harsh North Sea, Boggle Hole is now a small cove. You can reach Boggle Hole via the Cleveland Way footpath.

Boggle Hole Hostel has been fully refurbished and is the perfect place to stay with family and enjoy the area. It sits on the beach between Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay, tucked away in an old smuggler’s cove. This Old Mill will exceed your expectations. It features treasure trails, sea views and wooded grounds. Reviews for this Hostel are fantastic.


Enjoy delicious food at the Black Swan at Oldstead

They are located between the Byland Abbey ruins and the Kilburn White Horse. The Black Swan at Oldstead offers stunning views of North Yorkshire and produces incredible food.

They offer a tasting menu that showcases their homegrown and foraged food from Oldstead. They also raise their livestock on the field adjacent to the restaurant. After winning many awards, including a Michelin Star and four AA Rosettes, they were even named the Best Restaurant in the World on TripAdvisor.


Try even more food in Malton and visit Talbot Yard Food Court

Malton Food Market Cheeses.

Known as Yorkshire’s food capital, this is a hidden gem for the foodies. Malton is a town passionate about its artisan food. The natural produce available in the area is superb; the freshest seafood, rare breed cattle and pigs, and organic fruit and vegetables are all supplied here.

The Talbot Yard Food Court is a great place to begin. You can sample pastries from the Bluebird Bakery, try macaroons and desserts at Florian Poirot, the UK Pastry Champion, or devour ice cream at Groovy Moo Gelato.

Malton Food Market

The Malton Monthly Food Market takes place every second Saturday of the month. You can visit specialist food stalls at this market, try street food, and soak in the atmosphere.


Step back in time at the Captain Cook Memorial Museum

Captain Cook Memorial Museum.

Step back in history and experience the legacy of Captain James Cook, Britain’s famous explorer credited with discovering Australia. Visit Whitby to explore its memorials to him and learn more about his life in the Captain Cook Memorial Museum.

Visitors can view the attic, which is believed to have housed Cook when he was on land. You can explore an array of souvenirs representing various parts of the captain’s past, including letters he wrote home during expeditions aboard Resolution and artefacts discovered on land and at sea.


Visit Danby Lodge National Park Centre

Danby Lodge.

Danby Lodge offers various attractions, including walking trails, beautiful gardens, a café, a shop, an adventure playground, and ever-changing exhibitions in the Inspired by… gallery. 

It’s an excellent spot for families with an outdoor adventure play area and woodland Mud Kitchen, perfect for creating mud pies and other culinary concoctions. The Labyrinth offers an immersive experience, allowing you to follow the incredible journey of a salmon upstream to its spawning grounds.

Coffe at Danby Lodge.

Test your skills with quoits or hone your wayfinding abilities in the Compass Field. Stroll through Crow Wood via a short, circular route that starts in the central car park.

During the holidays, there are a range of events and activities, including family treasure hunts and engaging educational activities for children.


Spend some time in Pickering 

Light Spectacular Express NYMR.

Pickering, located on the outskirts of the North York Moors, boasts plenty of fantastic attractions. These include The Beck Isle Museum, Cropton Forest, Cawthorn Roman Camp, Pickering Castle, and numerous other places worth exploring.

Exploring the North Yorkshire Moors Railway aboard the NYMR steam train is a highlight of our visits to Pickering. Pickering Station is just one of the stops serviced by the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. The Station features original fixtures and fittings in the booking and parcels office and the station tea room.

Cappleman's Fish and Chip Shop.

Throughout the year, special events such as Halloween trains, Santa Specials, and the Light Spectacular Express provide fantastic experiences for visitors. 

Pop into Capplemans for some of the most reasonably priced and delicious fish and chips we have ever had! Capplemans has been serving award-winning fish and chips since 1996. The menu features all your chip shop favourites. They also cater to gluten-free and vegan dietary requirements with dedicated menu options.


The North York Moors are full of hidden gems and beautiful places to explore. We hope this blog post has given you some ideas of where to start your adventure. Are there any other hidden gems in the North York Moors that you recommend? Let us know in the comments below.

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