Holiday by the BBC: North York Moors

North York Moors 'Seeing the moors when the heather is in bloom is a real treat'

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If you're a hiker, biker or driver, head for the North York Moors this summer and chill out in the 554 square miles of Yorkshire's great outdoors.

Radio York give the lowdown as moorland, woodland, dales, valleys and coast await you.

What should I see?

As much as you can - the North York Moors are full of contrasts. But make sure you go to Hole of Horcum - in folklore a devil's punchbowl or a mythical giant's amphitheatre. Seeing the moors when the heather is in bloom is a real treat.

What should I do?

Go back to steam power and ride across the moors with the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Pickering to Whitby takes about 90 minutes. Visit Lastingham Church to see the Viking hogsback tomb in the crypt and pop into the Blacksmiths Arms opposite for a drink.

North Yorkshire Moors railway Pickering to Whitby in 90 minutes by steam power

Where should I stay?

If you're mobile, try a couple of locations. The market town of Helmsley, on the western side, offers hotel spa or cosy B&B; at Boggle Hole the youth hostel is right on the rocky beach at what once was a smugglers' cove.

What local delicacies should I eat or drink?

Try some game - the grouse shooting season runs from 12th August to early December and is part and parcel of country life on the moorlands.

What would be the best night out?

Stargazing in Dalby Forest through Scarborough & Ryedale Astronomical Society's huge telescopes - or even through a hole in your tent. Starfest runs from August 9-11.

What's the best local secret?

The wildlife that you'll see when you chill out and relax enough for nature to let you in.

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