North Yorkshire Moors, with Rievaulx Abbey

The heather clad North York Moors have few roads across them, instead you potter round the edge of the moors, taking in the scenery and the occasional mansion like Castle Howard

castle howard rosedale

Rievaulx Abbey, just north of Helmsley, was founded by Cistercian monks and had a prosperous existence until dissolved by Henry VIII. Surrounded by wooded hills, the ruins are truly magnificent

rievaulx abbey

The private steam railway that runs from Pickering to Goathland is one of the best ways to see the moors, as it takes you through countryside that you cannot visit by car.

train getting up steam yorks moors steam railway

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