The North York Moors is a national park in North Yorkshire, England. The moors are one of the largest expanses of heather moorland in the United Kingdom. It covers an area of 554 sq miles. The North York Moors became a National Park in 1952
The North York Moors National Park encompasses two main types of landscape, whose differences are clearly visible. There are predominantly green areas of pasture land and the purple and brown heather moorland. The two kinds of scenery are the result of differences in the underlying geology and each supports different wildlife communities.
The cliffs and sandy bays of the coast offer an assortment of seashore habitats. The spectacular scenery where the Cleveland Hills meet the sea has been designated as a Heritage Coast.
Things to do
With over 1,400 miles of paths and tracks to choose from, this wonderful corner of North Yorkshire is overflowing with opportunities for the walker.
The North York Moors is a fantastic location for cycling whether you're a family cyclist or a world class mountain biker, miles of country roads, bridleways, forest tracks and disused railways as well as the skills area and world mountain bike championship routes in Dalby Forest.
Duncombe Park National Nature Reserve, home too many ancient trees, this is an important site for invertebrates and fungi. It's also great for birds - woodpecker, pied flycatcher, hawfinch in the woods and dipper and kingfisher by the river.