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North York Moors vs Lake District?

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North York Moors vs Lake District?

Two of us traveling with car, coming up from York with two days to spend in North York Moor Park or Lake District. Any recommendations as to which is better choice? I'm guessing the Moors will be less crowded than Lake District (big plus), but maybe not as dramatic/ pretty? We plan to do some walking. Have heard Whitby is a good unspoiled town to visit as well. Any advice appreciated.

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1. Re: North York Moors vs Lake District?

If you are travelling from York and only have two days, do the North York moors.

Otherwise you will waste far too much time just trying to get to the Lake District.

The Moors are lovely. They are different to the Lake District, but just as enjoyable. Whitby is definitely recommended. As is a visit to Robert Thompson's "Mouse Man" workshop in Kilburn http://www.robertthompsons.co.uk/

Edited: 03 September 2013, 15:22
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The Moors are great for walking. There a National Trail goes around them and along the coast, through Whitby. Google "Cleveland Way".

The section around the edge of the moors has fantastic views and is part of an old trading route used by monks - you walk on paving stones!

The coastal section is great, too. You could get a bus to a neighbouring village, eg Robin Hoods Bay and walk back, or vice-versa.

There's also a superb steam railway across the moors, from Pickering to Whitby, through some of the prettiest villages in England.

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3. Re: North York Moors vs Lake District?

Many thanks, that sounds like good advice, and as i suspected. The moors have their own beauty, and seem like the road (slightly) less traveled. Will check your recommendations.

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Thanks, sounds like another vote for the Moors. I did take that train from Pickering years ago, and it was a great way to see the area, and the walking trails sound interesting as well. The walking itinerary is the one to pick next. Will check out Cleveland Way.

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5. Re: North York Moors vs Lake District?

Also try Staithes, on the coast north of Whitby. Charming, unspoilt little town, few tourists, very picturesque houses and harbour.

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6. Re: North York Moors vs Lake District?

What time of year are you visiting? The Moors are purple with heather at the moment and look amazing.

To throw another place into the mix, you could easily visit the other national park in North Yorkshire - the Yorkshire Dales. I see you have already visited the Moors so you may want to visit a different area?

The Dales are beautiful, and excellent for walking and exploring. They cover a very large area and there are some busy parts, but other areas will be pretty much empty. We walk all the year round in our part (Lower Wensleydale) and frequently go all day without seeing another soul, even in the height of summer.

http://www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/

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Recently returned from a short break in Harrogate and spent an afternoon in Helmsley which is a lovely small town with lots of small art galleries, antique shops, coffee shops, local attractive walled garden and nearby Rievaulx Abbey.

Cant wait to return and do more of the North York Moors and coastline. I thought it was lovely.

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8. Re: North York Moors vs Lake District?

The Yorkshire Dales as an alternative is a lovely idea as it is unlike either the NYM or the Lakes. It is a pity you don't have time to visit all three areas to compare.

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9. Re: North York Moors vs Lake District?

The NYM are stunningly beautiful and although not tourist free there are certainly less people about generally than in the Lakes. You could consider staying at Goathland, a lovely village which has wonderful walks and connects you via steam train to Whitby:

discoveryorkshirecoast.com/out-and-about/goa…

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10. Re: North York Moors vs Lake District?

Go for the moors! some one has mentioned rieveaux. But on the south side is byland abbey and on the edge of tthe dales fountai Tns abbey. If you go from york travel vtia castle howard (house used in the originak TV series. bridesheaD revisited the country side here is beautiful.

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