48 Hours on the North Yorkshire Coast by Girl About North Yorkshire

By Natalie Johnson – 10th February 2020

A Weekend in North Yorkshire:

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

weekend in Whitby

Friday Lunchtime in North Yorkshire:

Starting in the seaside town of Whitby with its heritage coastline, Whitby jet gemstone and spooky links to Dracula.

A walk to the Abbey and the harbour is a must, not forgetting the 199 steps. We always make time for a boat ride too, it’s very reasonably priced and the kids 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.


Friday Afternoon in North Yorkshire:

Off to Goathland Railway Station [] 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!

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


Friday Evening in North Yorkshire:

Ditto is a family run intimate restaurant with a cosy and relaxed welcoming atmosphere. They use local ingredients, so the menu is updated seasonally and the wholesome dishes full of flavours pack a punch on the pallet.

Once you have dined why not pop into one or more of the bustling, traditional Whitby pubs. Try The Duke of York steeped in history with its 250-year-old deeds. The Elsinore or The Endeavour has live music on a weekend too.

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.

Saturday Morning in North Yorkshire:

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; its free and there’s a café too for a cuppa if you haven’t brought a flask (we never go anywhere with one).

Whether you want to walk or bike it, its breathtaking 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.

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.

If you want more of a pub lunch why not stop off at The Royal Oak in Old Malton. It’s a great place for lunch. 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.

If you fancy something a bit more hands-on, 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.


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.

For a truly special Yorkshire dining experience, I would have to say The Hare Inn at Scawton. It’s definitely on my wish list. It has just been crowned “Restaurant Of The Year” 2019 by Yorkshire Life Magazine and I can see why.

Although the Hare Inn is still in the process of providing accommodation within the grounds. They have teamed up with a cosy local holiday cottage which offers a one night’s stay and even organise your transport to and from the restaurant, just ask about their dinner packages.

Now, how’s that for customer care? Can I book now, please!

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.

North Yorkshire, you’re simply wonderful.


Where to stay in North Yorkshire:


Check out Girl About Yorkshire’s article of Grantley Hall –


Nat x

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