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.

NATIONAL GUMDROP DAY

NATIONAL GUMDROP DAY

Did you know today is National Gumdrop day in the USA ? (what ever next ?) Still it’s a good excuse to pop out to the fabulous Helmsley Traditional Sweet Shop - https://www.helmsleysweets.co.uk/ They sell sweets the old-fashioned way, straight from big jars into paper...

Bridgerton

Bridgerton

With the 2nd season of the popular Netflix show Bridgerton now announced, many of you will be doing a happy dance.  Bridgerton is based on a series of 8 novels set in the Regency period by the historical romantic novelist Julia Quinn.  The series revolves the eight...

North York Moors Dark Skies Festival

North York Moors Dark Skies Festival

On the 8th of December 2020 the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks were designated as International Dark Sky Reserves, joining an exclusive global family of Dark Sky Places. The Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors are home to some of the darkest...

Chafer Wood and Kirk Dale

Chafer Wood and Kirk Dale

Chafer Wood and Kirk Dale - an easy  6km circular walk starting from Cliff House Holiday Cottages This walk is for a summer's afternoon after Sunday lunch to walk it off or in the winter before coming home to a piping hot stew.  This walk  through Chafer Wood and Kirk...

A Walk Through the Land of Iron and Rosedale

A Walk Through the Land of Iron and Rosedale

The Land of Iron - a  10km circular walk starting in the historic village of Rosedale Abbey in North Yorkshire This walk is relatively flat save for the middle section where there is a sharp 150m lung busting pull up on to the top of the valley and the disused...

A Walk Through Thornton Dale

A Walk Through Thornton Dale

This circular walk is about 6km long and can take between 1.5hrs  to 2 hours depending on your pace and how many stops you make (or more if you take your cameras with you). This walk is entirely on the flat with little if no height gain.  It is on well prepared paths...

Out on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Out on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway

A couple of Sunday's ago we took the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) from Pickering, just 20 minutes away from our cottages, to Whitby for a day out.  The service run by the NYMR is called "The Optimist" - a reflection on these Covid induced uncertain times.  The...

Cayton Bay

Cayton Bay

Cayton Bay, with its big beach and views across to the old town area of Scarborough, is 12 miles and just over 20 mins drive away from our self catering holiday cottages.  The large beach at Cayton is perfect for letting the dog off the lead and for kite flying...

Eden Camp

Eden Camp

Originally a  World War Two prisoner of war camp, Eden Camp was built in 1942 to house Italian prisoners of war (PoWs).  The camp is now a privately run museum with the huts full of displays charting the course of the war both for the military and civilians a like....

Yorkshire Air Museum

Yorkshire Air Museum

During the school holidays we had a day out to the Yorkshire Air Museum.  Being just 50 minutes or so away from our self catering holiday cottages the Yorkshire Air Museum makes an ideal destination for a part or full day trip.  In August 2020, due to Covid, there...

Walking in Yorkshire

Walking in Yorkshire

Went for a circular walk on a very windy Thursday last week near the medieval village of Wharram Percy. Taking in the heads of a number of Dales in the Yorkshire Wolds as well as ruins of the village itself. Yorkshire is a great place for walking, whether its long...

Walking Friendly

Walking Friendly

As Covid lockdown restrictions lifted at the start of July 2020 we were pleased and proud to be awarded "Walking Friendly" status by the North York Moors National Park. With so much else going on, we decided to not announce it until now. What does "Walking Friendly"...

Magnificent Magnification

Magnificent Magnification

Calling all lovers of nature! Today we have installing the first of our magnifying posts in the garden next to where we will be installing our new play equipment.  The posts have a great magnifying glass in the top allowing kids of all ages to see the world up close...

A Walk Down Netherby Dale

A Walk Down Netherby Dale

This walk is about 3km long and can take between 1 to 2 hours depending on your pace and how many stops you make. Please note that some sections are difficult under foot, specifically very muddy and in places the path is unstable/rocky under foot.  Given it is a dale,...

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NATIONAL GUMDROP DAY

NATIONAL GUMDROP DAY

Did you know today is National Gumdrop day in the USA ? (what ever next ?) Still it’s a good excuse to pop out to the fabulous Helmsley Traditional Sweet Shop - https://www.helmsleysweets.co.uk/ They sell sweets the old-fashioned way, straight from big jars into paper...

Award Winning Self Catering Cottages

Award Winning Self Catering Cottages

THE RESULTS ARE IN AND WE ARE "AWARD WINNING"!  With less than a year under our belts at Cliff House Holiday Cottages, we have a picked up a number of awards from online travel agents such as Booking.com and AirBnB.   All of these awards are based on genuine guest...

BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE

BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE

When you book direct with Cliff House Holiday Cottages, you book with the confidence that if there is a National lockdown or the Tiers change we will refund you.

 

What the guarantee does NOT cover you (or members of your party) for is being unable to travel because you (or a member of your party) fall ill with Covid, or are required to quarantine or self-isolate. These events can be covered by you taking out travel insurance.

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