From our Whitby cottages, you are just a few minutes stroll from one of the most picturesque old coastal fishing villages in Yorkshire. With its windy lanes, red tiled cottage roofs, quaint fishing harbour and sandy beach, its charm will bring out the romantic in you at any time of the year. Visit the old lifeboat station and enjoy stunning views across the harbour and out to sea before calling in at the village’s only pub for a lunchtime pint.
Whichever one of our North York Moors cottages you choose to stay in, a visit to Danes Dyke and Flamborough is to be recommended. The chalk cliffs of Flamborough Head rise vertically from the beach while the onshore winter winds accentuate the ferocity of an unforgiving North Sea. The scenery from the cliff tops is impressive at any time of the year, but summer is the time to enjoy more romantic strolls along coastal paths and down into Danes Dyke.
This wildlife haven became a local nature reserve in 2002 and is also a site of special scientific interest. It is thought the dyke could date back as far as the dark ages. Enjoy the peace and quiet while exploring its woodland walks, before calling into the car park café for a much needed hot drink and sticky bun.
City of York
No couple-visit to Yorkshire is complete without a day spent in the beautiful medieval City of York. Explore the city walls and old town. Discover its Viking, Roman and Medieval history. Visit the National Railway and Viking museums. Be awed in York Minster. Get immersed in its café culture – and enjoy some together retail therapy before heading back to one of our North York Moors cottages.
Do your interests include idyllic country walks along forest trails? Perhaps you are mountain biking enthusiasts, or maybe you enjoy just getting a little closer to nature. From our Whitby cottages Dalby Forest is a 40-minute drive down the A169. Check out the forest’s events calendar. Regular events are held through the year including music festivals through the summer.
Esk Valley Railway
Enjoy a romantic train ride from Whitby, through the North York Moors to Middlesbrough, and back again. Considered one of the ten most romantic train rides in Britain it wends its way across the moors and through villages with sixteen stops along the way. Take your time, stop off here and there. Enjoy a little village hospitality and moors scenery before rejoining the train for the next leg of your journey.
Dining out in the North York Moors
No romantic break would be complete without dining out at least a couple of times. Wherever you choose to stay there will be period coaching inns, top class restaurants, and cosy, dog-friendly village pubs complete with roaring log fire and real ales. The number of Michelin starred eateries in the North York Moors will astound you. Add a little extra zing to your day’s activities with some fabulous pub-grub or gourmet evening meal complete with champagne, you’ll be glad you did.