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The market towns and thriving villages in the North York Moors enjoy a strong sense of community. They each have their own character and personality, with independent shops and interesting nooks and crannies to explore.
Helmsley is known for its galleries, boutique shops, luxury hotels, coffee shops and restaurants. Friday is market day. Explore the impressive ruins of Helmsley Castle, enjoy the serenity of the Walled Garden.
Kirkbymoorside has a broad, cobble-lined main street and fine Georgian buildings, with a market on Wednesday.
Pickering is one of the area’s oldest towns, founded in 270 BC! It has a castle, an eclectic museum and a wide variety of shops, cafés and pubs, and is at the start of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. A lively Monday street market and first Thursday farmers’ markets are a good source of local produce.
Thornton-le-Dale is a well-known gateway to Dalby Forest. Visitors enjoy strolling along the stream which flows through the village, looking out for the beautiful Beck Isle Cottage, one of the most photographed chocolate-box thatched cottages in England.
Hutton-le-Hole nestles beside one of the many streams flowing south towards the river Rye. Sheep roam at will, ignoring the distinctive white painted birds’-mouth fencing as they enjoy the gently undulating grassy areas beside the babbling beck.
Hutton-le-Hole is home to the Ryedale Folk Museum, with the Harrison Collection, an incredible collection of English everyday antiques and rare curiosities put together by Edward and Richard Harrison. Spanning five centuries of history, the collection covers everything from cooking pots to brain surgery tools.
At the eastern edge of the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is Malton. It’s becoming a real magnet for foodies and those who wish to enjoy its Saturday market, Georgian buildings and discover its links with Charles Dickens.
Just beyond the northern edge of the National Park is Guisborough, with a ruined 12th century priory dominating the top of town’s Westgate, where Thursday and Saturday markets are held. A town museum and working watermill are nearby.
Osmotherley is on the National Park’s western edge and on the route of the Cleveland Way. It is blessed with three pubs including the only “Queen Catherine” in the country.
Just outside the National Park is Thirsk where you can visit the World of James Herriot.
Great ways to enjoy market towns and villages in the North York Moors
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Spirituality and Tranquility
Forests and Woods
Sutton Bank and the escarpment
Heritage coast and fishing villages
Howardian Hills AoNB
The Cleveland Hills
Arts and crafts
Nature and outdoors
Special Qualities of the North York Moors National Park