Find Your Escape – on the North York Moors

Blog posted:

1 July 2024
The great outdoors offers the perfect place for an escape from the everyday. Peace and tranquillity can be found in picturesque gardens in full bloom, whilst reflection and relaxation await amongst the natural beauty of the outdoor spaces within the North York Moors National Park.
Helmsley Walled Garden, in North Yorkshire.

Horticultural Heaven in Helmsley

Tucked away behind the bustling market town, Helmsley Walled Garden really is something special. Surrounded by the magnificent Duncombe Park landscape, and overlooked by Helmsley Castle. You’ll be transported to a world of your own as you wander through the rows of blooms in this RHS-Partner Garden.

Visit in the summer months and you’ll be wowed by the impressive 100m double herbaceous border that hits its peak in August. But there is always something to see from apple blossom in April, tulips, irises and the Laburnum Arch in May, roses and peonies in June, through to apple harvest in August and the autumn glow of the Hot Border in October.

Peaceful reflections at the priory

Nestled at the foot of the Cleveland Hills, Mount Grace Priory is one of the best-preserved Carthusian Priory ruins in England. Here history and tranquil outdoor space go hand in hand.  Exploring the Priory, House and Gardens is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Wander through the surviving tower and the great cloister and take a peek at the reconstructed monk’s cell to discover what made the layout of Mount Grace Priory so unique.

Whatever time of year you visit, you can delight in the floral spectacle of the arts and crafts garden, which has been recently renovated by celebrated gardener Chris Beardshaw. See bluebells in the spring, elegant roses in Summer, vibrant reds of the Japanese Acers in Autumn, and delicate snowdrops in winter.

Exploring the Yorkshire coast
The Hole of Horcum, in the North York Moors

Wonderous views on the Hole of Horcum Walk

Views don’t come much more spectacular than on the Hole of Horcum walk. This five-mile walk, which starts and ends at Saltergate Car Park offers unspoilt scenery and magnificent views at every turn.
As soon as you arrive you’ll be greeted by a sweeping panorama of the Hole of Horcum measuring 400 feet deep and approximately three-quarters of a mile across, this spectacle is to be seen to be believed.
This walk is worth it at any time of the year but to make your trip to North Yorkshire even more special, visit in August to see the most spectacular display of heather.

Adventures aplenty at Dalby Forest

Whether your idea of an escape is adventure or relaxation, you will find it at Dalby Forest located in the heart of the North York Moors National Park.
With a choice of mountain bike trails graded green, blue and red, Dalby Forest has the right level of adventure for everyone, so bring the bike or hire one at the bike hub. For a slower pace enjoy a walk and keep your eyes peeled for unique sculptures dotted throughout the forest, as well as an abundance of internationally important wildlife species. Dalby Forest is also a designated Dark Sky Discovery Site, so stay late and experience the magic of seeing the Milky Way with the naked eye.

Enjoying Dalby Forest, in North Yorkshire
Exploring the Yorkshire coast

The Natural wonder of Bridestones Moor.

A visit to Bridestones Moor Crosscliff and Blakey Topping is perfect for an inquisitive mind with its curious Jurassic rock formations and ancient woodland.

This nature reserve featuring heather moorland, wooded hillsides and grassy dales is the perfect place to explore outdoors. Off the beaten track but worth climbing, Blakey Topping has superb 360 views, perfect for taking in a moment of reflection.

These are just selection of the many beautiful spaces to explore across the North York Moors area of North Yorkshire. To discover more go to our Find Your Escape page and start planning your visit.