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North York Moors

Famed for its sweeping moorlands, rugged beauty and spectacular coastline, The North York Moors has been a National Park since 1952. It is made up of several contrasting landscapes including green areas of grazing land, heather covered moorlands and dramatic coastal scenery. It will come as no surprise that the area’s main income comes from a combination of agriculture and tourism.

The National Park doesn’t just offer striking scenery; there are a wide selection of visitor attractions for all ages and interests. From castles and Abbeys to museums and wildlife displays. Stand-out attractions include; the North York Moors traditional steam railway, Flamingo Land Theme Park and Zoo and Eden Camp Second World War Museum which is developed upon a previous prisoner of war camp.

Towns of particular interest include Goathland, famous as the set of the TV series ‘Heartbeat’ and as the location for ‘Harry Potter’s’ Hogsmeade Station. Whitby is also of interest with its 18th century fishing port and gothic allure. There are many smaller market towns dotted all over the moors, each with unique character and charm for example Pickering, Thirsk and Kirkbymoorside.

2012 is the 60th anniversary of the North York Moors National Park, so there is no better time to visit than right now. There is an inspiring exhibition in commemoration of the anniversary which exhibits 6 local artists who reside and work right here in the North York Moors.