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Top 5 Places to Enjoy the Sun in North York Moors & Whitby

Posted on 1st September 2017 by CE Team

If you’re thinking of booking one of our dog-friendly cottages in North Yorkshire, but are a little apprehensive about the weather, perhaps this will help put your mind at rest. Situated on the east coast of England, the predominantly westerly winds blow in from the Atlantic. With the Pennines protecting the North York Moors from much of the rainfall, it is one of the driest uplands in the country. While the English weather is always unpredictable, the North York Moors has its fair share of sunshine hours for you to get out and about in your summer clothing. Here are a few ways to enjoy those lazy, hazy, laidback sunny days.

Whitby town


You may have based yourselves in one of our self-catering cottages in Whitby to enjoy days out exploring the moors. However, when the sun shines, especially with small children in the family, stay closer to home and enjoy the sandy beaches along Whitby’s coastline. With donkey rides through the summer, rock-pools to explore and sand castles to be built the kids will be occupied for hours. Make a point of taking the lift down to West Cliff beach. Walk through the tunnel and be amazed at the expanse of sandy beach. With lifeguards on duty to keep an eye on the youngsters, shop, cafe and toilets, it has something for all. Visit the old town area with its cobbled streets, and climb to the Abbey Headland for amazing views across the town, harbour and out to sea. Then finish your day with some of the best fish and chips you’ll find anywhere.

Castle Howard


Set in 1,000 acres, Castle Howard is an ideal attraction for all the family. Choose a sunny day, pack up a picnic, and head off from one of our cottages in North York Moors. In the castle grounds you can enjoy easy picturesque walks through woodland, stopping if you wish, at one of the quiet picnic areas. Take a ride on the yellow road train which runs throughout the day, or make your way over to the adventure playground where the kids can burn off that excess energy, while you relax with a coffee and sticky bun.

Falling Foss Tea Gardens


If you enjoy seeking out those little hidden gems others are still looking for, consider a visit to Falling Foss Tea Gardens. Situated in the grounds of Midge Hall, above the Falling Foss waterfall in Sneaton Forest, it is just a short drive from one of our Whitby cottages in North Yorkshire. On a beautiful sunny day the kids can build dens in the forest. Or, as they splash away to their hearts content in the shallow waters below the fall, mums and dads can enjoy homemade rolls, sandwiches or salads, washed down with tea, coffee or a glass of their favourite tipple.

Riding the Moors


If the leg muscles are beginning to ache from all that walking or cycling, pick a sunny day, and let four legs do the work. Even if you’ve never been on the back of a horse, there are numerous riding and equestrian centres based all over the moors, that will have you in the saddle in no time. Contact the centre before you visit to be sure they accept beginners, and look forward to viewing the moors from a whole new perspective.

Boat Trips


There is nothing quite like a boat trip when the sun shines. Water lapping along the hull, and sun glinting off the sea as your journey takes you along the east coast. Whitby and Scarborough offer a variety of boat trips from coast watching to whale, seal and dolphin watching. Take a trip on a replica sailing ship, or a restored lifeboat. Or try your hand at sea fishing from one of the many angling charter boats.

Sunny days and the North Yorkshire Moors, a combination guaranteed to please everyone.