Where to holiday in Yorkshire if you love adventure and the great outdoors

Holidays are all about escaping your everyday life and enjoying a new adventure.

And with such a glorious landscape of rolling hills, sandy shores and rugged coastline, there are plenty of places to get a taste of adventure around Yorkshire.

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So if you love exploring the great outdoors, here are some must-visit spots around the county that are perfect for holidaying or enjoying a day out.

Dalby Forest

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Occupying a wonderfull scenic spot in the North York Moors National Park, Dalby Forest is renowned for its cycling trails and is a popular haunt among keen mountian bikers.

As well as plenty of adrenaline-fuelled routes for experienced cyclists, there are many family-friendly routes to cater for all abilities - perfect for enjoying an outdoorsy break.

Visit: Low Dalby, Thornton le Dale, Pickering, YO18 7LT

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Cayton Bay

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Nestled between Scarborough and Filey, this pretty spot boasts a wonderful sweeping bay to wander, with plenty of fossils to discover along the way, excellent surfing potential and a year-round dog-friendly beach, making it an ideal place to head for an outdoor escape with your pet pooch.

Visit: Cayton Bay, YO11 3NJ

The Camp Hill Estate

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Boasting an exciting adventure park set within 50 acres of woodland, there's no time to be bored during a visit to the Camp Hill Estate in Bedale where there's high ropes, a sky walk, zip line, quad bikes, woodland trails and Segway's all on site to get stuck into.

Visit: Kirklington, Bedale, DL8 2LS - camphill.co.uk

Low Mill Outdoor Centre

Fuel your adventurous side at this outdoor activity centre in the Yorkshire Dales National Park where you can enjoy both residential and non-residential visits, and try your hand at a host of thrilling pursuits, from rock climbing and abseiling, to gorge walking and caving.

Visit: Station Road, Askrigg, Leyburn, DL8 3HZ - lowmill.com

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Situated in the heart of Upper Nidderdale, Studfold is ideally located for exploring the best of the Yorkshire Dales, with a wealth of walking trails and Howstean Gorge close by, along with a purpose-built activity centre and plenty of picturesque camping and glamping spots if you wish to extend your stay.

Visit: Lofthouse, Harrogate, HG3 5SG - studfold.com

The Coniston Hotel Country Estate and Spa

This beautiful hotel not only offers a luxurious place to stay, visitors can get involved in a host of outdoor pursuits within the 1400-acre estate, including clay pigeon shooting, fly-fishing, cycling and off-road driving along purpose-built 4x4 courses.

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Visit: Coniston Cold, Skipton, BD23 4EA - theconistonhotel.com


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Known as the 'land of waterfalls and caves', the attractive village of Ingleton is a must-visit for lover's of the great outdoors.

From wandering the scenic waterfalls trail, to exploring White Scar Caves and visiting the impressive Ribblehead Viaduct, there's so much to see and do.

Visit: Ingleton, Carnforth, LA6 3ET

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Raven Hall Country House Hotel

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With a dramatic cliff top setting 600 feet above sea level, this stunning hotel provides the perfect base for exploring everything Robin Hood's Bay and the North York Moors National Park have to offer.

As well as the countless walking and cycling trails nearby, and the sweeping sandy bays, visitors can also test their skills on the challenging nine-hole cliff top links golf course on site.

Visit: Ravenscar, Scarborough, YO13 0ET - ravenhall.co.uk

Sutton Bank National Park

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As well as being home to one of the most spectacular views in Yorkshire, Sutton Bank has much more to offer visitors than its fabulous scenery.

From walking and biking, to climbing and gliding, a world of adventure awaits - ideal for keen outdoor explorers.

Visit: Sutton Bank, Thirsk, YO7 2EH


If your idea of a great holiday involves taking to the waves, the seaside town of Saltburn is a must-visit destination and is recognised as one of the top surfing locations in the UK.

As well as fun in the water, there are miles of sandy shores to enjoy and the Cleveland Way also passes along the coastline if you want to do some exploring on foot.

Visit: North Yorkshire, TS12