The Yorkshire Moors are legendary for their romance, mystery and stunning scenery. Across 1,430 square kilometres of pure countryside, you can find dramatic cliffs, purple meadows filled with heather, traditional stone villages, and Roman ruins. Whether you are walking, cycling or driving through the park, you are bound to come across something that will stop you in your tracks.
Holiday cottages with pools in the Moors are perfect for getting closer to the natural environment and all its hidden treasures. Hunt for waterfalls between Goathland and Robin Hood’s Bay, or uncover evidence of Viking invasions along the coastal towns of Whitby, Lastingham and Hackness. At night, turn off all the lights and sit by the pool as you gaze up at the stars – the Moors boast some of the darkest skies in Britain so if you time your holiday well, you might even get to witness a meteor shower.
Cottages with pools are also the perfect base for historical tours of Yorkshire. For a whistle stop tour of the area, jump onto a steam train at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and watch the countryside whiz by. Hop off at market towns such as Ripon and Thirsk and imagine that you have gone back in time - the cobbled stones and traditional stores of these towns are so well preserved that they have appeared in many period dramas, including Downton Abbey.
Most of Yorkshire’s finest historical sights are not accessible by public transport, so take a car (or a sturdy pair of walking boots!) and head for Rievaulx Abbey on the coast, or Helmsley Castle to the west of the park. Or simply drive around for a few hours enjoying the scenery, before returning for a relaxing evening at a cottage with a swimming pool.
Above all else, the Moors is a great place to simply get away from it all and relax, and there is nowhere more relaxing than a cottage with a private pool. Once you’ve found a peaceful spot of your own, time will slow down and you will never want to leave.
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