PLACES TO VISIT,

THINGS TO DO, PLACES TO EAT

North Yorkshire and the Vale of Pickering is jam packed with places to visit and things 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?

Don’t forget that you can download our guide “The Insider’s Guide to North Yorkshire – 10 things to do in North Yorkshire” – its our handy guide to get the creative juices flowing to help you plan your next holiday in North Yorkshire.

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Holiday Inspiration for Solo Travellers

Holiday Inspiration for Solo Travellers

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Things to do in the Great Yorkshire Forest

Things to do in the Great Yorkshire Forest

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Robin Hood’s Bay

Robin Hood’s Bay

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Birdwatching in Wishing Well Wood

Birdwatching in Wishing Well Wood

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The Great Yorkshire Forest

The Great Yorkshire Forest

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Secret Life of the Forest

Secret Life of the Forest

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Visit Beverley

Visit Beverley

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Visit Hull

Visit Hull

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10 things to do in North Yorkshire

10 things to do in North Yorkshire

Looking for inspiration as to what to do on holiday.  Then look no further than our very own "Insider's Guide to North Yorkshire - 10 Things to do in North Yorkshire" - its packed with our very own recommendations as to where to go and what to do when on holiday in...

Cliff House Holiday Cottages for Cycling!

Cliff House Holiday Cottages for Cycling!

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Photography Breaks at Cliff House

Photography Breaks at Cliff House

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Land of Iron

Land of Iron

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Ryedale Tour de Abbey

Ryedale Tour de Abbey

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A visit to Byland Abbey

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Made in Ebberston

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Holiday Inspiration for Solo Travellers

Holiday Inspiration for Solo Travellers

Holiday Inspiration for Solo Travellers Ryedale has been voted on of the best places for the solo traveller to visit.  Here’s our holiday inspiration of things to as solo traveller when visiting Ryedale (and of course staying with us at Cliff House Holiday Cottages!)...

Things to do in the Great Yorkshire Forest

Things to do in the Great Yorkshire Forest

You may have seen our "back garden" on TV recently in the "Secret Life of the Forest" on Channel 5.  To say that the Great Yorkshire Forest is our back garden isn't an over statement.  Turn right as you leave our cottages and in just over a mile you are in the back of...