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History and Heritage

History and Heritage

A nice day trip to see a few of the local sights and it’s less than 30 miles driving in total - so no early starts! Leaving the hotel, head north to Rosedale Abbey, a pretty little hamlet sat around the village green. From there head up the Rosedale Chimney Bank - not for the faint hearted as it the steepest road in England a mere 33% gradient at it steepest. Stop in the small car park at the top to admire both the views and explore remains of the iron mining works, be sure to cross the road to see the old tram route for transporting the iron ore.

From here, carry on across the moor (watch out for the sheep) and head into the pretty village of Hutton Le Hole. The Ryedale Folk Museum is worth a visit and offers a chance to see life from previous eras. Set in pretty grounds, this museum is a collection of building from across the centuries painstakingly taken apart, moved to the museum and rebuilt stone by stone. If you are feeling a little peckish, The Crown is one of our favourite eateries in the area, and well worth a visit for lunch. If you are going to eat there, they will let you park in their carpark while you visit the village

Once you are finished, head towards Lastingham, you’ll find our namesake the Blacksmiths Arms. This traditional 18th century pub makes a fine refreshment stop, before heading back home.


If you fancy something a little steamier during your visit, head down to Pickering and jump on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

The 24-mile journey will take you across the moors to the final destination of Whitby. You’ll pass through period stations en-route and once at Whitby you will have some time to explore this fishing village, famously the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula. If you are feeling fit, climb in the 199 step from the harbour to the gothic ruined Abbey on the hill for the best views of the area. Just time for some famous fish and chips on the seafront before riding the last train home.