The North York Moors & Heritage Coastline

Join us on this glorious Journey taking in a large part length of Yorkshires Scenic Coastline, its famous coastal villages and of course its wild and famous moors.
    • Times: 9:00 - 17:30

      Departs This tour runs every Wednesday and Saturday between 25th March 2017 - 29th October 2017.
      The tour will depart at 9am from outside York Minister in the centre of York. The estimated time of arrival back at York Minister is 17.30.

      Please note that each customer must have their own seat.

      How To Book: You can instantly book by selecting your preferred date on this page.

      Included Extras • Transport in a 16-seater minibus • Knowledgeable driver/guide commentary

      Whats Not Included • Food and drink

      Please Note: A minimum of 1 passenger is required for this tour to operate.

      We regret our tours are unsuitable for under 5's.

      For more information please browse the Full Itinerary, Additional Information and the Route Map. If you would like a Daily Tour brochure or further information regarding our The North York Moors & Heritage Coastline Tour please contact us.


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      Jeff Rasley

      We head out of York promptly at 9am and take the short 45 minute drive through the Yorkshire countryside to the Historic gateway to the moors town of Pickering. Here you can quench your thirst at one of the historic towns lovely tearooms or bakeries and head to the 12th Century Church of St Peters and St Pauls to view the enormous 15th century murals depicting stories from the Bible and legendary stories such as St George slaying the Dragon, the oldest medieval wall paintings in a church in England.

       

      Back on the bus we follow the parks border eastwards through quaint Thornton Le Dale, often nominated as prettiest village in Yorkshire and Brompton, home to George Cayley, sometimes referred to as the Father of Aviation. Take in the views over the Vale of Pickering, once a vast glacial lake that was home to Britains earliest known permanent camp, Starr Carr Camp. Listen to the story behind this amazing archeological site. Head through more little villages before heading off the beaten path and up through the National Nature Reserve of the Forge Valley. Keep an eye out for deer, birds and other wild creature in this ancient wooded valley. This Scenic nature reserve valley was formed thousands of years ago by melting glacier waters in the last Ice age.


      We will then join and follow the coast road which offers a change in the landscape with stunning views over the Jurassic Coast line. We stop at Ravenscar, The “Town that never was” earmarked to become the New Holiday resort in the 1800’s the developers built the roads and sewers but ran out of money before it was finished. Enjoy views over Robin Hoods Bay before we take a short jaunt along the coast brings us into Robin Hoods Bay itself, find out why this town formally just Bay Town was named after the famous outlaw and learn its secrets linked to smuggling. 

       

      You will then take lunch at Whitby. This Famous old sea port dominated by it 12th Century Abbey that inspired Bram Stokers “Dracula”. Once we have enjoyed a delicious portion of local Fish and Chips we continue along the coast through Sandsend, with great views back to Whitby and onto the very edges of Yorkshire and look north over Cleveland, one of Englands newest counties and the next county above Yorkshire. From here we double back on ourselves and experience another dramatic change in the scenery as we start to head southward into the world famous North York Moors.

      Making our way south take in famous vistas of narrow valleys and high wind swept moors. Stop for photo opportunities over the famous landscape.
      Take in the wild vista and spot the sheep and grouse that have help to shape the scenery for hundreds of years.

       

      Drive through more charming sandstone built villages such as Lealholm, Another previous winner of Village of the year and up over the heather clad moors with views over Fryupdale, named after the the Viking god Freya. God of Love and Beauty. We head down through the steep sided Farndale valley, Stuffed full of pheasants and partridge and famous for its wild daffodils in Spring.

       

      Finally we make our way to Helmsley, the only Market town in the Moors and thought to be one of the oldest settlements in Yorkshire dating back 3000 years. Admire the Norman ruins of Helmsley Castle, the towns Church and spend some time shopping in the  towns award winning shops.
      There is also a lovely selection of tearooms and pubs for those who want to finish the day off with a local brew, Alcoholic or tea? A
      fter our final tea-stop we start back toward York down through the Howardian Hills, an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and charming villages bordering Yorks Boundaries.








       

    • Tour Type
      This tour is a guided scenic mini-coach tour, but there are times when you will have the option to walk up to a few hundred metres to take in a view or point of interest.  
       
      Clothing & Footwear
      We suggest you wear comfortable and sensible footwear, we also recommend bringing a light raincoat.  
       
      Assistance Dogs
      We are happy to accept assistance dogs only on this tour. Please contact us to advise us in advance. 

      Please Note: We regret our tours are unsuitable for under 5's.
      For full terms and conditions please see here.
       

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    Tour Highlights

     
    Pickering - head to the 12th Century Church of St Peters and St Pauls to view the enormous 15th century murals or stop at one of the historic towns lovely tearooms.
    The National Nature Reserve of the Forge Valley - Keep an eye out for deer, birds and other wild creature in this ancient wooded valley.
    Ravenscar - The “Town that never was”.  
    The Heritage coastline - formed hundreds of millions of years ago and shaped by man over thousands of years as they took advantage of the natural resources.
    Whitby - This Famous old sea port dominated by it 12th Century Abbey that inspired Bram Stokers “Dracula”.
    Helmsley - thought to be one of the oldest settlements in Yorkshire dating back 3000 years.