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11th July 2023

Visiting the North York Moors in July / August

Summer has arrived and full-leaf oaks, ashes and beeches are supporting hundreds of birds across our Thirley Cotes Farm estate and beyond, which is a spectacle to see / hear.

White carpets of cotton-grass on the fell plateaux, filled with soft seed heads, are also a glorious sight; the fluffy ‘flower’ tops appear like cotton wool balls blowing in the warm breeze and were once used for stuffing mattresses and pillows.

Blakey Ridge between Hutton le Hole and the Lion Inn is a good spot, looking west to Farndale.

At the National Trust managed Bridestones, stroll through the wildflower meadows at Dovedale along the route of the Bridestones Trail, and, as harvesting gets underway toward the end of the month, the scent of lavender will be filling the air, along with bees, dragonflies and butterflies.

Kingfishers are one of the most brilliantly coloured birds in Britain and you may be fortunate to see a flash of blue as you walk by, should one dash across the water or dive to catch small fish.

July is the perfect time for a woodland walk at Thirley Cotes Farm and ‘Seafest’ is Scarborough’s annual maritime weekend celebration, taking place from the 14th – 16th.

The West Pier on Scarborough’s South Bay comes to life with a great musical programme, street entertainers, family activities and a variety of stalls from local businesses.

A fantastic fireworks display on Saturday evening rounds off the first day’s events and there will be plenty of entertainment to start the summer season here on the North Yorkshire coast.

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