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Winter Activities in North Yorkshire
By Helen Pentith  //  Mon 20th November 2017
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Winter Activities in North Yorkshire

It only takes a bright winter day and heading outdoors for a walk in the crisp air is a must.  There really is nothing quite like wrapping up warm and taking in some country air. So where are your favorite places in North Yorkshire to visit in the winter months?  Here are a few of ours…

Castle Howard

The Yorkshire stately home boasts world-renowned works of art and stunning architecture having been designed by Sir John Vanbrugh and built with the assistance of Nicholas Hawksmoor.  The grounds include lakes, fountains, temples and woodland as well as formal walled garden and children's adventure playground making Castle Howard the perfect family day out, plus enjoy a changing programme of events, children's trails and a range of cafés and shops including farm shop and garden centre. This period house is especially festive in Winter when the house is decorated, and Father Christmas has set up his Grotto.  Take a walk to the Boathouse for a warming soup or hot chocolate and watch the swans and other water foul on the lake.  We hear that Father Christmas has a second Grotto here too and the extensive playground outside keeps the little ones happy while they wait to meet him.

Whitby

There's more to Whitby than meets the eye - with its connections to Captain Cook and Dracula, its quirky narrow streets and bustling harbour overlooked by the striking Gothic ruins of Whitby Abbey, Whitby is a fascinating town, unlike any other. If you fancy a bracing walk on the beach and the best fish and chips around, Whitby is worth a visit.  The 3 mile walk to Sandsend is high on our list where you will find delicious refreshments at  Bridge Cottage Bistro or take the 199 steps up from the old town to the Abbey, famously connected to Count Dracula.  Not to be missed also are some delicious restaurants, The Magpie cafe (re-opening early December after a devastating fire), Star in the Harbour and The Marine.

North Yorkshire Railway

On the way to Whitby, Pickering offers a visit back in time at the North Yorkshire Railways.  Hop on a historic steam locomotive to Gromount, Goathland, Levisham & Whitby.  The moorlands look especially stunning in the winter days with ever changing scenery as you twist along the sheltered valley bottoms in the beautifully restored carriages pulled by these beautiful engines.

For the events coming up through winter, click here

The City or York Bar Walls

The Bar Walls of York are the most complete example of medieval city walls still standing in England today.  Beneath the medieval stonework lie the remains of earlier walls dating as far back as the Roman period. The city of York has so much to offer at any time of year, but walking along the walls in winter is a great way to get around the city. Seeing the beautiful medieval buildings from an elevated height gives a new perspective on the interesting architecture that York has to offer.   With regular steps, there is ample opportunity to drop down onto street level and visit some of the special places in the city as well as stopping for refreshments along the way in a cosy pub or restaurant.

Sutton Bank National Parks

The White Horse was designed and financed by Thomas Taylor, a Victorian Businessman, and was cut in 1857.  A native of Kilburn, he worked for a London Merchant.  He had seen the famous chalk hill figures of southern England and wanted to create something similar for his home village.

This is one of the best places for seeing a winter sunset.   With dedicated footpaths around the historic limestone horse and plenty of vantage points overlooking the vale of York, spectacular views are your reward.

Sutton Bank are teaming up with the Yorkshire Dales National Park to join in the Dark Skies Festival from the 9th – 25th February 2018.  Stargazing, wildlife and ghost walks, starlight runs, games and activities and so much more will be happening.  See this website for more details http://www.darkskiesnationalparks.org.uk

And Finally, a place to stay

So, with much on offer in North Yorkshire, you need the perfect place to stay.  Imagine having a cosy base you can call your own, only 8 miles south of York.  Completely private and secure, Hollicarrs Holiday Park can offer you just that.  A place in the country, the perfect second home to discover all that North Yorkshire has to offer.

Contact us now for details, it is still not too late to own a lodge for Christmas!

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