PLACES TO VISIT,

THINGS TO DO, PLACES TO EAT

North Yorkshire and the Vale of Pickering is jam packed with places to visit and activities to do and see all year round.  Whether you like visiting historic ancient monuments, stately country homes or spending time wandering along a beach or doing a spot of crafting on a rainy day there will be something for everyone when you visit our self catering holiday cottages in the Vale of Pickering.

From our cottages, the City of York is less than hour away.  The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is close by, with stations throughout the National Park for you to park up at and jump on a train – why not go to Pickering and make a day of it and get the train there all the way to the seaside town of Whitby?  For the green fingered amongst you visiting North Yorkshire there are many formal gardens for you to visit including Wolds Way Lavender, Scampston Hall and Jackson’s Wold Garden (all have tea rooms too!). If you are feeling adventurous, you can go on one of the many mountain biking trails in the nearby Dalby Forest or you can Go-Ape and go on a high wire course in the tree tops of Dalby Forest?

Search below to find more places to visit in North Yorkshire.

Yorkshire Mountain Bike Marathon

Yorkshire Mountain Bike Marathon

Hosted entirely on the private Birdsall Estate, the Yorkshire Mountain Bike Marathon is organised by the Birdsall Estate and the Northern Ride bicycle shop in Malton.  This offroad mountain biking event is run for one day a year (in 2020 on the 7th of June) and is a...

The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

There is a new version of  Frances Hodgson Burnett's children's novel The Secret Garden starring Colin Firth (he also stared in the 1987 film version!) and Julie Walters coming to cinemas in early 2020. Set locally within the North Yorkshire Moors National Park,...

Jackson’s Wold Garden

Jackson’s Wold Garden

A short drive away (about 9 miles and 30 minutes down country lanes) from our cottages and  just up on the edge of the rolling Yorkshire Wolds is this beautiful private garden with views across the Vale of Pickering. The gardens are only open on Tuesday's and the...

Scampston Hall and Walled Gardens

Scampston Hall and Walled Gardens

Not far from our holiday cottages or from the foodie market town of Malton is Scampston Hall and Walled Gardens. Scampston Hall is a family home, so access is only by guided tour and you may be lucky to be taken around by the owner's father! Please check on their...

A Walk to Thomason Foss Waterfalls

A Walk to Thomason Foss Waterfalls

Setting out from the small hamlet of Beck Hole in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, this 500m walk takes you to quite an attractive waterfall called Thomason Foss.  The path can be quite steep (with steps) in places and after heavy rain it can be a bit "soft"...

Wheeldale Roman Road

Wheeldale Roman Road

A visit to Wheeldale Roman Road (OS Grid Ref: SE 80372 97322)  is definitely one to combine with visits to other places ( try Cawthorn Roman Fort and Pickering Castle).  This mile long stretch of probably Roman Road on Wheeldale Moor is worth a brief stop.  If the...

A Visit to Pickering Castle

A Visit to Pickering Castle

One of the many days out you could have from our self catering cottages in the Vale of Pickering is to visit the market town of Pickering and combine a trip to the Castle with a journey on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. For more information, visit our page about...

Illuminated Whitby Abbey

Illuminated Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey, is once again lighting up for Halloween.  Between Fri 25 Oct - Sat 2 Nov 2019 you can visit Whitby Abbey in the evening and see it bathed in light.  There will also be story tellers telling their spooky tales.....  For more information and costs visit...

Malton for Good Food

Malton for Good Food

One of the things that attracted us and our family to the Vale of Pickering was the small town of Malton, a lovely market town that like many places in the Vale of Pickering wouldn't be out of place in the Cotswolds.  Malton, now famed for its good food, whether that...

Surfing in Yorkshire

Surfing in Yorkshire

Saltburn up in the North of the county of Yorkshire gets a mention in the Guardian as one of the top ten surfing beaches in the UK.  Aside from Saltburn, the beaches in Whitby and Scarbough are also good if you want to go surfing in Yorkshire and all three have surf...

National Railway Museum, York

National Railway Museum, York

York is an ideal day trip location from our self catering holiday cottages in the Vale of Pickering.  You can either drive in to York in under hour or drive as far Malton and then let the hourly train service from Malton take the strain and take you in to York.  York...

A Visit to Malton

A Visit to Malton

We popped up to Malton to visit our new solicitors and accountants, as we are that stage where things are starting to feel very real.  A visit to Malton is always worthwhile - its a proper little market town with the complete range of shops you'd expect to find...

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Yorkshire Mountain Bike Marathon

Yorkshire Mountain Bike Marathon

Hosted entirely on the private Birdsall Estate, the Yorkshire Mountain Bike Marathon is organised by the Birdsall Estate and the Northern Ride bicycle shop in Malton.  This offroad mountain biking event is run for one day a year (in 2020 on the 7th of June) and is a...

Coffee Cups and Christmas

Coffee Cups and Christmas

Here's a story that caught our eye. North Yorkshire coffee shop Baltzersen's, based in Harrogate, has since 2018 stopped using disposable paper cups. By their own admission in this Facebook post they have lost out financially because of that decision, but still stand...