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Wild Swimming In North Yorkshire Guide

Posted on 27th March 2018 by CE Team

Rugged coastlines, tumbling waterfalls and deep pools set amongst forests and moors, set the scene for wild swimming and other outdoor activities in North Yorkshire. Quaint North Yorkshire cottages provide a convenient base from which to explore the unique charm of an unspoiled landscape. The area is perfect for families, adventurous singles and older couples seeking a little peace and quiet.

Beautiful Coastlines

Much of the shore is designated as the North Yorkshire and Cleveland Heritage Coast due to it’s outstanding natural beauty. Families with young children will appreciate the golden sandy beaches of Sandsend, a short drive from Whitby. Here they’ll find fascinating rock pools filled with marine creatures, while the cliffs contain prehistoric fossils to search for. Popular routes along the cliff tops provide bracing walks for everyone, including the family dog, and lead to the peaceful fishing village. In addition to sailing and swimming, Sandsend is noted as a superior surfing beach.

Out On The Water

Water sports are amongst the most popular outdoor activities in North Yorkshire. Traditional sailing is found along the coast with boating trips around Robin Hood’s Bay. There are many opportunities for canoeing, paddle boarding and rafting on many of the rivers including the Seven, the Esk and the Rye. Cod Beck Reservoir on the western edge of the National Park is perfect for windsurfing, yachting and swimming.

Back To Nature

Wild swimming in pools below waterfalls is easily accessible as there are so many suitable locations across the rugged landscape. One of the most dramatic is at Goathland, to the south west of Whitby, where ramblers, hikers and those enjoying a gentle stroll, all stop to admire the Mallyan Spout, a spectacular 70ft waterfall with a natural pool beneath for swimming. It forms part of Wade’s Causeway, an area of outstanding natural beauty. The spectacular locations have often featured in television programmes and films, and can be viewed at leisure from the scenic North Yorkshire Moors Railway that runs from nearby Grosmont, in Eskdale, skirts along the edge of the North Riding Forest Park and finishes in Pickering. The North Riding Forest itself features several picturesque routes to drive through, in addition to providing the ideal terrain for hiking, mountain biking and orienteering. To the west, Fangdale Beck in the Bilsdale area, provides opportunities for rock climbing.

Other Things To Do In North Yorkshire

Although the area is ideal for outdoor pursuits as varied as pony trekking and rock climbing, there are also many other interesting attractions. There are fascinating walks to enjoy amongst the ruined monasteries such as Mount Grace Priory, that were dismantled during the reign of Henry VIII. One of the best preserved, Rievaulx Abbey, is at the southern edge of the moors. The ruins of Whitby Abbey, the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s novel, “Dracula”, was founded in the 7th Century and can be reached on it’s coastal side by a flight of 199 steps leading up the side of the cliff. Stately homes to visit are Duncombe Park and Shandy Hall. At Church Houses there is a nature reserve, near Bickley are the interesting rock formations of Bridestones and at Staintondale there is a shire horse centre.

Cottages In North Yorkshire

Finding cottages in North Yorkshire to rent for holidays is not difficult, particularly if you are planning to stay with us in and around Whitby and nOrth York Moors. With so many attractions to visit and glorious countryside to admire, a self-catering holiday in a traditional cottage is an enjoyable way to relax and be carefree. And with the majority of Whitby cottages being pet-friendly, no-one in the family need be left behind.