Surrounding Area Information

General Info

General information on the National Park, the moorland area and the adjacent countryside and coastline, including the major towns of Whitby (home of Captain Cook), Stokesley, Malton and Scarborough, Thirsk (home of James Herriot), Pickering, Northallerton, Helmsley and the innumerable villages in the many dales, can be obtained from the following websites:

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Hambleton District Council

North Yorkshire National Park

North York Moors National Park

Rydale District Council

Ryedale District Council

Getting Around

Public transport is run by many varied companies, some of which are abysmal and show little sign of improving. Train operators include Northern Rail - they operate the Middlesbrough to Whitby service, the North Yorkshire Moors Railway operates (usually steam hauled) the Pickering to Grosmont service, and run some steam into Whitby & Battersby. The East Coast Main line services to York, Thirsk and Northallerton are now operated by Virgin Trains East Coast, Transpennine, CrossCountry & Grand Central.

Bus & Coach services are spasmodic & generally very limited throughout the National Park and tend to be on major roads, avoiding most villages. The former National Park Moorsbus service ceased at the end of 2013, however, a reduced and limited "Moorsbus" is being operated by a commercial organisation, further details from the National Park website, or from information offices.

North Yorkshire County Council have developed a website called Public Transport Information.


The Lyke Wake Company Limited does not recommend any particular accommodation or campsite. However it has come to our attention the late Bill Cowley's former office at Potto Hill - where most of his books were written and where many of the former club's 'Mid Summer Wakes' were held is now a self catering cottage

Lyke Wake Cottage

Hillside Caravan Park

New purpose built 5 acre site situated on a farm just to the east of Knayton, North Yorkshire - just off the A19 about 6 miles south of Osmotherly. Children & dogs welcome but no camping.

Lion Inn

Located at Blakey for food, drink, accommodation & camping.