The Barn’s immediate surroundings are very tranquil with pretty woodland, babbling brooks and open moorland being the defining features on the nearby landscape. There are several local pubs and country inn’s within 1-2 miles away, walkable too, where guests can head out to and enjoy a refreshing beverage and hearty pub meal. The North York Moors National Park is a hosts many great places to visit, see and do as well as eat and drink. You will be spoilt for choice and opportunity.
As The Barn at Rigg End is well located between all the main North Yorkshire towns, it is easy to access the services, facilities and great shopping the market and coastal towns have to offer. Head off to the market towns of Pickering and Helmsley and if you are a foodie, visit Yorkshire’s food capital, head off the Malton. Head off to the coast and visit Whitby, be sure to explore the independently owned craft and jewellery shops or if you visit Scarborough make sure you explore the picturesque fishing harbour.
Enjoy the wonderful views from up at Rievaulx Terrace and look down onto Rievaulx Abbey. It is a half mile long terrace between two temples, the Doric Temple and Ionic Temple and perfect for picnics and view points. Walk down in Helmsley after and enjoy relaxing in one of the many cafe's and bars in the popular market town.
There are so many great picturesque villages nearby in the North York Moors with some superb local pubs, cafe's and steeped in history and local interest. The closest village to The Barn are Rosedale Abbey (no actual abbey here!), Lastingham and the very popular Hutton-le-Hole. The North Yorkshire coastline is also home to many picturesque popular harbours, ports and seaside villages.
- Hutton-le-Hole – Picture postcard village is one of the most popular in the North York Moors National Park. See the wandering wildlife and picnic by the stream on the village green.
- Thornton-le-Dale – Very picturesque village, great for walkers and hosts a beck that runs through the village.
- Osmotherly – Great base for hikers and walkers as it is the start of the Lyke Wake Walk and also set on the popular Cleveland Way. Lovely country pubs and local inns. Visit the Mount Grace Priory.
- Goathland – A walk back in time and famed for TV’s Heartbeat series. Great for walkers as in the right in the heart of the moors. Pick up the The North York Moors steam train here.
- Helmsley – Only market town set within the North York Moors National Park. Visit Helmsley Castle, Rievaulx Abbey and relax in one of the many little cafes, independent shops, boutiques and galleries.
- Rosedale Abbey – Home to a number of artisan glassmakers. Great for walks and explore the infamous descent down the Chimney Bank back to the village.
- Malton – On the banks of the River Derwent, Yorkshire’s food capital, great markets, artisan producers, wonderful food festivals and microbreweries
- Pickering – A bustling market town with a castle and river, it is home to the heritage North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway
A wonderful selection of pubs, restaurants, cafe's, coffee shops, tea rooms can be found to eat ot and enjoy across The North York Moors. There are two highly acclaimed Michelin Star restaurants close by in Harome, near Helmsley, The Pheasant Hotel and The Star Inn. Many of the local restaurants source their fresh goods from one the many local food and drink producers as well as fresh fish straight from the Yorkshire Coast fishing ports and harbours. Check out the fresh bread and cakes from the local bakeries, wide range of fresh produce farm shops and foodie goods, cheese and delights from the many delicatessans.
Popular local pubs include the 'Blacksmith's Arms' at Lastingham (enjoyable 4 mile round walk too), 'The New Inn' at Cropton, The Moors Inn at Appleton-le-Moors and a guest favourite cafe called 'Graze on the Green' can be found at Rosedale Abbey which is just a short drive up the road.
Fantastic location for walking, hiking and biking with wonderful views over over the North York Moors, Hood Hill, Gormire Lake and the Vale of Mowbray. "Finest in England" was what vet and author James Herriot described the tremendous view from Sutton Bank escarpment. Go to the visitor centre, hire a bike or wait until its dark and enjoy the stars on a clear night, one of three such Dark Sky Discovery Site in the North York Moors.
The upland area of the North York Moors is a rich playground for those love the great outdoors, enjoy visiting picturesque and pretty villages, incredible scenery and the whole region is entwined in history. Experience the stunning coastline of rugged cliffs, secluded coves, fishing villages sandy beaches and fossils to the east across to the forests and woodlands to the North and West. Wherever you are in the North York Moors National Park there will always be a warm Yorkshire welcome. For more information and a taste of what you can enjoy see more here - Visiting (northyorkmoors.org.uk)
Discover Pickering Castle, a classic 12th century motte-and-bailey castle. A unique and beautiful sight, Pickering Castle is well worth an explore. More Information - https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/whats-on/
An exhilarating journey over high bridges, zip-wires and Tarzan swings, great fun for all the family.
Cyclists will argue that perhaps there is no better way to see the North York Moors. There are miles of meandering and quiet country roads, well marked bridleways, forest tracks and disused railway lines to cycle on, and there are three dedicated mountain biking cycling centres for all abilities and ages. Cropton Forest is a superb mountain biking area to head out on the trails and it is right on our doorstep. Bike hire is available at a number of locations.
There is no better way to get out and explore the North York Moors than by foot. The 109 mile Cleveland Way, from Helmsley to Filey, a great favourite with hikers, meanders through the dramatic North York Moors and across to the stunning Yorkshire coastline of pretty fishing villages, enticing beaches and small inlets and coves. En-route will take in various castles, historic monuments, and heather moorland, whilst offering stunning views of castles, ancient stone crosses and epic landscapes. There are many other great walks that can be enjoyed too, long and short.