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48 Hours in North Yorkshire by Girl About North Yorkshire

By Natalie Johnson – 4th October 2021

48 hours in North Yorkshire:

North Yorkshire is the largest county in England by area so I could have quite easily given you enough ideas to fill a fortnight here in this beautiful County, discovering all of its breathtaking hidden gems.  With our perfect mix of countryside and coast, whether you’re into quaint little tea shops dotted around picturesque Yorkshire villages or hikes up Pen hill, this stunning county has got it covered.

* Due to the recent restrictions, many of these wonderful places have had to close temporarily, but cannot wait to welcome you back very soon.

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Friday Lunchtime in North Yorkshire:

Starting in the seaside town of Whitby with its heritage coastline, Whitby jet gemstone and spooky links to Dracula. There is even a Dracula trail which is a 4.3-mile loop, where you can take in stunning views and the many landmarks that form the setting for Bram Stoker’s classic novel.

A walk to the Abbey and the harbour is a must, not forgetting the 199 steps. There’s a little ice cream parlor and cafe called J’s if you get peckish after all that exploring. We always make time for a boat ride too, it’s very reasonably priced and the kids and dogs love it.

All of that fresh sea air will have certainly worked up an appetite, so whether you fancy fish and chips (well it is Friday) or something a little lighter, I recommend popping into the Magpie café. I just adore the seafood chowder. www.magpiecafe.co.uk


Friday Afternoon in North Yorkshire:

Off to Goathland Railway Station www.nymr.co.uk and it’s like stepping back in time. For all you Harry Potter fans the Hogsmeade Station as seen in the first film, is fabulous, and if you can remember Heartbeat too! Why not stop off for some homemade fare at Goathland Tea rooms and Gift Shop. The carrot cake is scrummy! www.goathlandtearooms.co.uk

There are 24 miles of amazing scenery and if you fancy getting your walking boots on, you could explore the national park to Grosmont or Mallyan Spout Waterfall, the tallest in the North York Moors.


Friday Evening in North Yorkshire:

The Blitz Whitby is a thriving 1940’s themed cafe, tapas bar, and restaurant with a lively but relaxing and welcoming atmosphere. They use local ingredients, update their specials regularly and have a delicious A La Carte menu, all cooked by their Rosette Head Chef. The cocktails are fabulous and they have a great selection of Gins on offer too. Get those glad rags on and get down to the Blitz! www.theblitzwhitby.co.uk

There is plenty to do on a night in Whitby; head out on an evening boat ride and watch the sunset or why not join Dr.Krank a 75-minute ghost walk www.visitwhitby.com

Whitby Pavillion is temporarily closed but will continue to update us on their website and social channels. They have some amazing up-and-coming shows and events planned. so keep a lookout! www.whitbypavilion.co.uk

Once you’re ready for a well-deserved drink and a rest, pop into one or more of the bustling, traditional Whitby pubs s Some of which have the most amazing views over the bay.

Try The Duke of York steeped in history with its 250-year-old deeds. www.dukeofyork.co.uk

The Black Horse is one of the oldest pubs, set in the heart of Whitby’s old town. A pub since the 16th century has also been used as a spirit warehouse, funeral directors, and a brothel.

Finish the night off with a unique and Spooktacular stay at Bats and Broomsticks; a gothic and victorian guest house, that embraces Whitby’s vampire connections. They do a tasty breakfast too! batsandbroomsticks.net

Saturday Morning in North Yorkshire:

Just a short drive to the Hambleton District of the North York Moors National Park, let’s start off with what the vet and author James Herriot who declared the view from Sutton Bank being the “finest in England”.  Call into the visitors’ centre; entry is free and there’s a café too for a cuppa if you haven’t brought a flask (although we never go anywhere without one). www.northyorksmoors.org.uk

Whether you want to walk or bike it, its breath-taking panoramas are up there with the best. We have been both in the Summer and in between Christmas and New Year and there are always fantastic interactive trails and walks for the children.


Saturday Lunchtime in North Yorkshire:

Malton – Yorkshire’s food capital is well known for its fantastic food markets and festivals. www.visitmalton.com

I think I recall the Financial times calling it the “Food haven of the North”. The high street, which is ‘right up my street’ has a great bustling atmosphere, with delicious smells wafting out of the bakeries and delicatessens. The Kingfisher Cafe and Leoni’s (The Coffee House) www.leonimalton.com are and certainly worth a drop in.

If you want more of a pub lunch why not stop off at The Royal Oak in Old Malton. www.theroyaloakoldmalton.co.uk An attractive grade 2 listed building, which is family and dog friendly, extremely welcoming with a super beer garden and fine guest ales.

Saturday Afternoon in North Yorkshire:

Spoilt for choice! Enjoy a walk around the Market town of Malton visiting the little independent shops and artisan producers.

A visit to Rare Bird Distillery is a great choice, nestled in a Grade ll listed former stable block, with ‘Florance’ their 300 litre copper still sitting magnificently in the center of this attractive building. There’s even a Gin school upstairs for up to 8 guests, which is something I’d really like to try. But one thing I know is that I wouldn’t leave without purchasing a bottle of their famous London Dry, it’s one of the best Gins I’ve tasted. www.rarebirddistillery.co.uk

If you fancy something a bit more hands-on and family-friendly, I’d absolutely recommend the Eden Camp History Museum to make some amazing memories. Experience the sights and sounds of life on the home front and front line. www.edencamp.co.uk


Saturday Evening in North Yorkshire:

Helmsley is the only market town in the North York Moors National Park and what a stunning little town it is, full of character and architecture. www.visithelmsley.co.uk

For a truly special Yorkshire dining experience, I would have to say The Hare Inn at Scawton is definitely on my wish list. The tasting menu has particularly caught my eye and taste buds!

I can certainly see why this gem of a place was crowned “Restaurant Of The Year” 2019 by Yorkshire Life Magazine. www.thehare-inn.com

This romantic 12th Century Inn has just been recently renovated and can now offer overnight stay packages for two, with breakfast included.

If there are more than just the two of you, Laskill Country House B&B in Laskill, Helmsley is just the perfect stay. From roaring fires in the winter to the sun-soaked terrace in the summer and of course, there’s always the choice to finish off with a delicious Yorkshire breakfast. Laskill is a place you would want to tell your friends about, I also really love that it was a winner in Channel 4’s ‘Four in a Bed’, I do love that show.  www.laskill.co.uk

Sunday Morning in North Yorkshire:

The National Centre for Birds of Prey (NCBP) is open 7 days a week and is a worthwhile family day out. Many of the birds take to the skies in their amazing flying demonstrations or are part of important breeding projects. The centre also has a free ink stamp trail and you can take a walk in 300 acres of Duncombe Park. www.ncbp.co.uk

Being in Yorkshire how can you not have a Sunday lunch! I’d say it’s up there with Fish and Chips as my top 5 favourite meals…ever! And the Star Inn, located in the pretty village of Harome is a winner, with exceptional food, service, and ambiance! If we were staying over another night, I would absolutely want to stay here. What a place! www.thestaratharome.co.uk

North Yorkshire, you’re simply spectacular!


Where to stay in North Yorkshire:


Check out Girl About Yorkshire’s article of Grantley Hall – https://girlabout.co.uk/uk-hotels-yorkshires-magnificent-grantley-hall/


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Natalie Johnson NorthYorks
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