Raisdale Mill Cottages
in the North York Moors
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This is just a small selection of the wildlife, flora and fauna to be found in this area:
Coast: humpback and minke whales, grey and common seals, dolphins, porpoise, basking shark; sea birds: sandwich, common and arctic terns, purple sandpipers, redshank, turnstones, gannets, fulmars, puffins, razorbills, guillemots, black-legged kittiwakes, great northern divers.
Moors: birds: skylarks, red grouse, curlew, lapwings, golden plovers, merlin, wheatear, ring ouzels, short-eared owls, mammals: pygmy shrew; reptiles: grass snakes, adders.
Rivers and streams: dippers, common sandpipers, kingfishers, sand martin, freshwater pearl mussels, otters, salmon, water vole.
Woodlands – mammals: badgers, roe deer; birds: goshawk, honey buzzard, nightjars, long-eared owls, turtle dove, redstart, tree pipit, crossbill, siskin, redpoll, marsh tit; butterflies: the rare Pearl Bordered Fritillary and Duke of Burgundy butterflies.
Over 150 different species of moth have been recorded in the gardens at Shandy Hall.
Walkers can enjoy the Cleveland Way and the Yorkshire Wolds Way National Trails which go through the North York Moors area. The coastline makes up part of the international North Sea Trail.
Those exploring on two wheels can take in some of the historical sites and experience the dramatic western scarp of the North York Moors on National Cycle Network Route 65 or ride the whole or parts of the Moor to Sea Cycle Network, a 150 mile way marked network of quiet lanes and cross-country tracks linking the historic towns of Scarborough, Whitby, Pickering and Great Ayton.
For a more extreme cycling adventure, test your skills on one of Dalby Forest’s mountain bike trails where you can visit Dalby Bike Barn for advice, hire, repairs and the latest bike gear. Guisborough Forest is also popular with mountain bikers and there are many routes across the moors that include killer climbs, tricky descents and some of the best singletrack in England.
You can also try a range of other activities with Nero or Valley Adventures including bushcraft, survival skills, surfing, raft building, and even circus skills.
Different ways to enjoy and explore
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Spirituality and Tranquility
Market Towns and Villages
Forests and Woods
Sutton Bank and the escarpment
Heritage coast and fishing villages
Howardian Hills AoNB
The Cleveland Hills
Arts and crafts
Special Qualities of the North York Moors National Park