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Accessible North York Moors National Park

Predominantly known for its dramatic coastal and moorland scenery and centuries of heritage, the North York Moors also has so many accessible places to visit throughout its countryside and coastline.

Great accessible things to do on the coast

With 40 miles of heritage coastline there are so many places to see. 

Whether you’re in the market for coastal views, sandy beaches or exploring ruined abbeys you can navigate the North York Moors National Park with ease – by car, on foot or even by hiring an adapted bike or tramper (an electric all-terrain mobility scooter).

Whitby Abbey – marvel at the atmospheric ruins of Whitby Abbey that inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula novel. The grounds of this Gothic wonder are made up of level paths, making it easy to explore on foot or with wheels. Check out the great pre-visit video

NYMR – take in the majesty of the moors and arrive at the gorgeous coastal town of Whitby in your accessible heritage carriage on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway . 

Immerse yourself in the depths of Dalby Forest's 8,000 acres and its miles of accessible trails, by foot or hire a tramper.  You can choose from a great range of adapted cycles from Dalby Forest Cycle Hub and the helpful team will get you on your way on the easy access Ellerburn Trail. 

Let wildlife experts Yorkshire Coast Nature guide you through the sights and sounds of Yorkshire’s Great Forest. 

You’ll find easy places to get on the beach at Sandsend or Whitby.  You can even hire a beach wheelchair from Whitby DAG

Enjoy inspiring views across the stunning Robin Hood’s Bay from Ravenscar, hire a tramper to explore the accessible paths. 

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Where to stay

Choose with confidence – these accommodation options offer a great choice and all have a commitment to offering you a warm welcome and accessible facilities. 

Choose from three well-equipped accessible holiday cottages or an accessible holiday home (the latter with unbeatable views over to Whitby Abbey) on Summerfield Farm 

Close to Dalby Forest and Scarborough, Wellspring Farm is home to three holiday cottages, set in eight acres of gardens and farmland. Vale Cottage, in particular, has many accessible features, including two ground-floor bedrooms, one with a luxury wet room. 

North Yorkshire Moors Cottages offer a collection of four beautiful holiday cottages, located in the heart of the North York Moors, Sunday Cottage, is considered the most accessible, with a four-star gold rating in the converted Methodist School. 

Nestled in the picture-perfect village of Goathland, the Inn on the Moor Hotel is the answer to all your cosy countryside dreams. A friendly, family-run hotel, you will be greeted with the warmest of welcomes the moment you come in.  There’s step-free access from the car park to the reception, bar and dining areas, as well as an accessible ground-floor room complete with  luxury en-suite wet room. 

Photo Credits: Images above: VisitBritain / P Kindersley

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Need to know  

All of these attr actions and four accommodation providers  have worked with VisitEngland to develop their access for all. Key staff members have completed disability awareness training. Accommodation and attractions have been audited by a professional access advisor and many have received a mystery visit from guests with accessibility requirements.   

While the businesses listed have achieved good levels of accessibility, please be sure to make your own checks, inquiries and investigations directly with the attractions before travelling to ensure your individual accessibility requirements can be met.  

Photo Credits: Image 2 VisitBritain/Peter Kindersley, Image 3 VisitBritain/Daniel Wildey