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THINGS TO DO


UNIQUE LUXURY ACCOMMODATION IN THE HEART OF THE NORTH YORK MOORS NATIONAL PARK


Orchard Farm Estate offers 100 acres of beautiful and secluded land, rich in wildlife and blessed with breathtaking views. Access to the farm is available to all our guests via private paths through fields, and woods and adjoining the river Murk Esk.  Challenge yourself to get up early to watch the roe deer and to see if you can add to the 80 species of birds that we have spotted around the farm, or rely upon our own bird book and simply laze in the garden with a glass of wine.  The choice is yours.



For guests wanting to explore the local foodie scene of Gods own country you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to the fabulous places to eat and drink in the area. The region that is a magnet for great gastro pubs, fabulous fish and chips and a few Michelin stars thrown in for good measure. We do have a head start, with glorious native produce including local beef and lamb, fresh seafood and wild game from the surrounding moors and valleys.

For a taste of the riches on offer please see our links page or enquire about Eating with Us.

 



The Farmhouse is blessed with beautiful dark skies and we are delighted to offer our guests 'gaze & stay' packages combining a sumptuous dinner with a private two-hour star gazing session with your very own expert astronomer. You can find out more here. Alternatively The North York Moors National Park offers a series of dark sky events throughout the year.

 



The North York Moors National Park is the largest continuous expanse of open moorland in England and Wales. The landscape is one on England’s finest and famous for its, wild moorland, hidden dales, pretty villages and market towns. Unenclosed and unsurpassed, this stunning landscape constantly responds to the changing seasons.

 



The North York Moors National Park’s spectacular heritage coastline runs for 26 miles from Redcar to Filey offering remarkable fishing villages to explore, wide sandy beaches, cliff top footpaths to walk, rugged cliffs with views to savor, hidden bays to discover and so much more.

Visit the charming Saltburn by the Sea, now with a stylish reputation and foodie scene, tread the cobbles of the winding alleys at Staithes before walking the high cliffs to Port Mulgrave, Kayak in picturesque Runswick Bay, walk the beautiful stretch of beach at Sandsend, climb the 199 steps of Whitby Abbey inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula, and discover the bolthole of Robin Hood's Bay.

 



The Farmhouse is at the centre of some of the best walking in the North of England. Goathland and the North York Moors National Park are a walker’s paradise and there is no better way to experience the areas beauty.

The moors are truly un-spoilt, and offer both simple and challenging routes for all levels of fitness.  As well as the internationally known Lyke Wake Walk and the Coast to Coast, we are surrounded by mile upon mile of deserted moorland, woodland and coastal paths.  Walks such as Levisham Moor and the Hole of Horcum offer some of the finest scenery in the National Park and down off the hill the Esk Valley Walk covers 37 miles of one of the most beautiful valleys in England.

We can provide a delicious, locally sourced, picnic to crown the perfect day, and can always arrange transport to or from an agreed pick up point.  We can recommend routes that just happen to pass a nice country pub at lunchtime or alternatively, you could take the steam train from Goathland and walk back in time for dinner !

For a local stroll, we provide wellies in a selection of sizes and colours!



We are surrounded by fabulous biking country. There are miles of empty country roads, endless off –road tracks and the Dalby Forest Mountain Bike Trail Centre with graded routes to suit all abilities from novice to adrenaline junkie !

The 'Moor to Sea Cycle Network' connects Scarborough, Whitby, Dalby Forest, Pickering and Great Ayton in a stunning series of moorland, forest and coastal loops. There are around 150 miles to explore, through the very heart of the North York Moors National Park.

We’ll send you off with maps and provisions for the day, and guarantee you plenty of hot water for a restorative soak on your return.



There are a wealth of historic places to visit and enjoy locally, including ancient abbeys in Whitby, Rievaulx and at Byland, Castles in Scarborough and Helmsley and country houses at Castle Howard,  Duncombe Park and Scrampton. The market towns of Whitby , Helmsley, Malton and Pickering are all within half an hour by car and the historic City of York is only an hour away.

Please see our links page for more information.

 



There are few better relaxing ways to spend the day and the area boasts an array of choices whether you are a beginner or keen fisherman. Whitby has long been regarded as the center of deep-sea fishing on the East coast and we can arrange day trips for individuals or groups.  There are numerous local stocked trout fisheries and occasionally day tickets are available on private river beats.

See our Links page for details.

 



Tracks through beautiful woodland, along disused railways and sandy beaches, bridleways across miles of open heather moorland, and quiet country lanes. The North York Moors National Park is a superb choice for horse riding and pony trekking with more than 500 miles of bridleways in the National Park just waiting to be explored. We have stabling, paddocks available for use at The Farmhouse.

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The North York Moors National Park has some of the finest game shooting in the country.  From driven grouse on the high moors to spectacular pheasants and partridges in the steep wooded dales, the area attracts sportsmen from all over the world.  We can recommend a number of local estates and make all arrangements for individuals or parties.

Each year we arrange a number of small family days on the farm designed to re-kindle the excitement of youth. We can also organize clay pigeon shooting for fun or individual tuition with a highly regarded local coach.

It goes without saying that all shooting days will be fully catered, with delicious snacks, lunch and a warming glass our own sloe gin.

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Luxury accommodation in the heart of the North York Moors National Park at Goathland - boutique bed and breakfast, unique self catered cottages and locally sourced "slow" food - Quintessential England