The North York Moors National Park is an area of outstanding National beauty and offers walkers over six-hundred miles squared of heather moorland in the North of the UK. The National Park was formed in 1952 and whilst there is an existing population living in the area, the dramatic coastal scenery and wild upland moorland offers walkers a fantastic walking across both flat moorland pathways and coastal routes which offer easy to easy/moderate pathway and moorland to walk across. The most popular route is the Cleveland National Trail that is around 100 miles long and provides a varied and challenging route over moorland and coastal walking.
The Moors consists of a massive moorland plateau, which within contains a selection of deep dales, and valley’s of which the largest is Eskdale that also contains that River Esk. Typically the ground is heater moorland, however the area does contain a fantastic area of wooded area which both offers a place for wildlife and was the centre of the ancient workforce, although the majority of the current workforce employed in the area is with farming and tourism.
Despite the many thousands of miles of Moorland Heather and Woodland, the other key feature of this area is the outstanding coastline that stretches from one side of the National Park to the other. The coastline features a spectacular cliff section at Boulby that at just over seven hundred feet is the highest point on the east coast of England and offers amazing views of the surrounding landscape and villages.
If you're not so keen in travelling up North for your daily dose of hiking then maybe you should be looking at locations in southern England such as The South Downs National Park which might be one of the smallest National Parks in the UK, but still offers some fantastic walking and hiking in the UK.