Yorkshire Moors Adventure Road Trip

Explore the Moors, coastlines and quaint villages of North Yorkshire

Gannets nesting on the Bempton Cliffs

Tour overview

Take a tour of Yorkshire, focusing on the North Yorkshire Moors National Park

Known to the natives as ‘God’s Own County’, Yorkshire boasts an undeniably rich mixture of landscape, tradition, culture and heritage - it really is hard to beat England’s largest county.

Start your journey in the City of York, and journey west towards the Scarborough coastline, taking in the quaint towns and villages along the way. From Scarborough you find yourself right in the heart of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park. 

In late summer the North Yorkshire Moors’ heather moorland flushes purple, creating a truly magnificent sight. The forests and ancient woodlands harbour roe deer, badgers, owls and woodpeckers, while seabirds, seals, dolphins and whales are regular visitors along a dramatic 26-mile coastline.

Finish your tour in Knaresborough, nestled between the North Yorkshire Moors and the Yorkshire Dales.

Distance

Total distance: 279 miles

Driving Time

Total driving time: 6 hours, 35 minutes

Length

Suggested length of tour: 10 days

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Stop 1. York

Recommended site: York Rowntree Park Caravan and Motorhome Club Site

Open: All year

Address: Terry Avenue, York, North Yorkshire, YO23 1JQ

Driving Time

Total driving time: 1 hour, 39 minutes

Overview

Part of York’s enduring appeal is that there’s so much to see and do within the relatively small city centre – allow at least three days to take in the highlights. By night, York has some excellent restaurants and charming old pubs, and the city’s large student population means the nightlife is always lively at weekends.

A wide choice of guided walks are available, while a cruise along the River Ouse offers a completely different perspective on the city. Anyone after more unashamedly ghoulish and bloodthirsty treats should also drop into The York Dungeon – another big hit with kids.

York Minster consistently amazes and delights all visitors - it’s also worth the extra admission cost to see the crypt and the Central Tower – as long as you’re fit enough to scale the 275 steps! Afterwards, the best way to stay relaxed is a spot of afternoon tea at the legendary Betty’s Café Tea Rooms on Parliament Street... but be prepared to queue for a seat!

Adventure seekers can explore the largest maize maze in Europe - York Maze. The Maze boasts over 20 rides, attractions and shows, with over 15 acres of ground to explore.

Visitor view:

"We have been visiting this site for more years than I would care to number. This site is in an absolutely first class position, ten minutes’ walk into York and yet on the edge of countryside for walking. Site is currently looking pristine, hedges trimmed perfectly pitches clean and weed free. There are no negatives regarding the site and the warden team led by Phil and Janet are exactly that, ‘A Team’"

Sioban

Stop 1 Highlights

York Minster

The River Ouse in the evening

Get lost in York Maze

Afternoon Tea at Betty's Tea Rooms

Things to do when you're here

Food & Drink

Food & drink

Betty’s Café Tea Rooms
6-8 St. Helen's Square, York, YO1 8QP

www.bettys.co.uk/cafe-tea-rooms
01904 659142

Culture

Culture

York Minster
Deangate, York YO1 7HH

yorkminster.org
01904 557200

Outdoor fun

Outdoor fun

City Cruises York
The Boatyard, Lendal Bridge York YO1 7DP

www.citycruisesyork.com
01904 6283274

For the family

For the family

York Maze
Dunnington Lodge, Elvington Lane, York, North Yorkshire, YO19 5LT

www.yorkmaze.com
01904 607 341

Stop 2. Scarborough

Recommended site: Scarborough West Ayton Caravan and Motorhome Club Site

Open: March to October

Address: Cockrah Road, West Ayton, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO13 9JD

Driving Time

Total driving time: 1 hour, 1 minute

Overview

Scarborough is within easy distance from the Scarborough West Ayton Club Site and offers plentiful safe bathing, the dramatic RSPB Reserve at Bempton Cliff, funfairs for thrill seekers, a Sea Life Centre rich with aquatic life and loads of restaurants to satisfy the appetite.

The Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary offers an immersive and interactive aquatic wildlife experience, offering creature talks, an interactive rock pool where you can meet the starfish and crabs, and plenty of aquarium zones where you can learn about the sanctuary’s wildlife – a great day out with the kids.

Head through the imposing gatehouse of Scarborough Castle and step into 3,000 years of history.  Explore the castle headland with the audio tour and gain a fascinating insight into its past, from Iron Age settlements, to the Roman signal station and medieval chapel.

Get in touch with nature at the RSPB reserve at Bempton Cliff, where thousands of gannets, puffins, fulmars and guillemots nest on the sheer 300ft cliff faces.

Visitor view:

"Had a great time - site is well laid out and the wardens were great. Easy to get to all places around, did Robin Hood’s Bay, Whitby, Nunnington Hall, Pickering - there is just so much to do in the area. Will be going again and the weather was good to us so what more can you want"

Tourman

Stop 2 Highlights

Underwater wildlife at SEA LIFE

Scarborough Castle

Gannets nesting on Bempton Cliffs

North Bay, Scarborough

Things to do when you're here

Food & Drink

Food & drink

The Foulsyke Bistro
Barmoor Lane, Scarborough YO13 0PG

thefoulsyke.co.uk
01723 507423

Culture

Culture

Scarborough Castle
Castle Road, Scarborough YO11 1HY

www.english-heritage.org.uk
01723 372451

Outdoor fun

Outdoor fun

RSPB Bempton Cliff
Cliff Ln, Bempton, Bridlington YO15 1JF

www.rspb.org.uk
01262 422212

For the family

For the family

Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary
Scalby Mills Scarborough North Yorkshire YO12 6RP

www.visitsealife.com/scarborough
01723 373414

Stop 3. North Yorkshire Moors

Recommended site: North Yorkshire Moors Caravan and Motorhome Club Site

Open: March to November

Address: Sneaton, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 5JE

Driving Time

Total driving time: 36 minutes

Overview

When visiting North Yorkshire Moors Club Site, you will have over 1,300 miles of footpaths to choose from, many of which can be joined from the park; for a more leisurely stay, take advantage of the scenic drives through moorlands and forests.

Another way to enjoy the incredible scenery is via the North Yorks Railway, with magnificent steam trains to ride on and journey stops at beautiful rural stations, such as those at Goathland and Grosmont villages.

If you fancy a change of scenery, why not head to the coast and take in a visit to the magnificent ruins of Whitby Abbey, the inspiration for Bram Stoker's gothic tale of 'Dracula'.

For a seaside day out, visit Robin Hood’s Bay; a small fishing village home to sandy, family friendly beaches, coastal and countryside walks and cycle ways and great places to eat.

Explore your alternative side and stop by at Whitby’s biannual Goth Weekend, with market stalls, live music, and a game of Goth Football to boot!

Visitor view:

"Lovely peaceful site set away from the hurly-burly of the coast... which is a 15 minute drive away. Pleasant wardens and the site was full in September so someone is doing something right! Plenty of hard standings and some (out of use) grass pitches which were running with water. Not too far to find everything from the urban pleasures of Scarborough to the quieter spots of Robin Hoods Bay, Staithes and Runswick Bay. Plenty of well-marked coastal walking via the Cleveland Way. On the doorstep, pleasant walks up/down the May Beck and Falling Foss waterfall/tea room well worth a visit."

Paul56

Stop 3 Highlights

Grouse amongst heather in the North York Moors

North Yorks Railway, Goathland

Whitby Goth Weekend

Robin Hood Bay

Things to do when you're here

Food & Drink

Food & drink

Smuggler’s Bistro and Bar
The Dock, Robin Hood’s Bay Whitby North Yorkshire YO22 4SJ

boathouserhb.co.uk
01947 880099

Culture

Culture

Whitby Abbey
Abbey Lane, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4JT

www.english-heritage.org.uk
01947 603568

Outdoor fun

Outdoor fun

Go Ape Tree Top
Forestry Visitors Centre, Low Dalby, Thornton-le-Dale YO18 7LT

goape.co.uk/days-out/dalby
0845 094 9362

For the family

For the family

North Yorks Railway
Goathland, Whitby YO22 5NF

www.nymr.co.uk
01751 472508

Stop 4. Knaresborough

Recommended site: Knaresborough Caravan and Motorhome Club Site

Open: All year

Address: New Road, Scotton, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, HG5 9HH

Driving Time

Total driving time: 1 hour, 37 minutes

Overview

Your next stop takes you out of the national park and down to Knaresborough, much of which sits perched atop a steep-sided gorge overlooking the River Nidd.

The newly-refurbished campsite – now home to The Wanderer Bar & Kitchen – is just a mile or so north-west of the town, making it an ideal base for exploring the local castle and cave.

The cave was home to Mother Shipton, a 17th-century ‘seer’ whose prophecies have been interpreted as referring to the Great Fire of London, the arrival of the Spanish Armada, the advent of TV, radio and the internet and much more.

One thing’s for certain: Knaresborough’s excellent weekly market takes place on Wednesdays. After a morning spent browsing the stalls, a wander along the promenade at the bottom of the gorge (with a stop for coffee and cake or an ice cream) is a must. Look out for the distinctively decorated ‘windows’ throughout the town, too – an innovative public arts experiment in ‘trompe l’oeil’ artwork.

Visitor view:

"We had a great time the site was very clean staff very friendly & helpful. Enjoyed Harrowgate & York Christmas shopping went on the train to York, good price - much better than driving there. Lots of places to visit, we enjoyed Brimham Rocks, Ripley & lots more. Knaresborough was brilliant - Christmas market & fireworks were excellent - brilliant time, will be going again."

Hutchinsons

Stop 4 Highlights

Tree carving near Mother Shipton's Cave

Visit the market at Knaresborough

Viaduct over the River Nidd

Knaresborough Castle

Things to do when you're here

Food & Drink

Food & drink

Wanderer Bar & Kitchen
Knaresborough Club site, Knaresborough HG5 9HH

https://www.camc.com
01342 327490

Culture

Culture

Fountains Abbey
Fountains, Ripon HG4 3DY

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk
01765 608888

Outdoor fun

Outdoor fun

Little Pasture Trekking Centre
Bar Lane, Knaresborough HG5 0QG 

https://www.littlepasture.co.uk
01423 860593

For the family

For the family

How Stean Gorge
Lofthouse, Harrogate HG3 5SF

https://www.howstean.co.uk
01423 755666