Immerse yourself in the North York Moors this summer

Published: Monday 24th July 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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Just over an hour away from Hull, the North York Moors are the perfect place to escape the city this summer.

National Parks Week begins today. To celebrate, we’ve rounded up just some of the incredible activities that you and your family can join in with.

These stunning areas exist to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the country. Each park is looked after by its own authority, but government funding helps to manage and improve the quality of the space.

Other examples in the UK include the Yorkshire Dales, Lake District, Cairngorms, Peak District and Snowdonia. The North York Moors is the closest park to Hull.

The sweeping moors are filled with purple hues from the beautiful heather that covers the land. There’s a vast array of different places to visit here, such as exploring the heathland on foot or by cycle, taking in the sights of historical landmarks, and visiting traditional fishing villages.

The heather, in particular, is an essential part of the attraction to the Moors. It’s a very rare commodity. In fact, it is thought that there is less heather moorland in the world than tropical rainforests.

This distinctive landscape provides a home for a variety of gorgeous British wildlife. Birds such as the red grouse, golden plover and curlew can often be heard whilst strolling in the summer.

The fantastic thing about the Moors is that it is open access land, meaning that you can wander through the breathtaking expanse as you please, without set paths or tracks. It’s possibly the closest thing you will get to exploring the wilderness in modern day Britain.

Meanwhile, along the East Coast, you can spot the remarkable towering cliffs that flank the North Sea.

Unbelievably, these rocky beaches date back to the Jurassic period, where it is thought they were first formed. Many fossils of prehistoric creatures and plants can be found on the sheltered shores near Robin Hood’s Bay.

Another interesting fact is that the North York Moors has the most woodland out of all of England’s parks. The terrific forests of ancient trees cover 22% of the space. Native species, such as birch, oak and ash, fill an impressive 300km.

In the meantime, history buffs will love discovering the hidden heritage of the area. Whilst the general landscape appears to be completely natural, the North York Moors have manmade features that indicate a lot of human activity.

Dig deeper and you can find evidence of the first hunters during the Ice Age from flint tools that have been left behind. You can also spy several abandoned Cold War bunkers.

The most impressive remains include castles from the Middle Ages, Roman forts and ancient religious symbols.

The North York Moors website has all the information you need to plan a walk, bike ride or family day out.

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Published: Monday 24th July 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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