Sometimes, you’ve just got to get out of London for a bit of R&R and many of us have our ‘go-to’ places when we need to switch off and recharge the batteries.
My go-to place is in North Yorkshire. And a two and a half hour train journey from Kings Cross takes me to my parent’s house on the fringes of the beautiful North York Moors, where I grew up.
If you need some beautiful scenery, a slower pace and plenty of fresh countryside air, this is just heaven.
I went home with the intention of doing a ‘digital detox’ and switching off my laptop and phone for a whole three days (or as long as I could last). Alas, I didn’t quite succeed in going full on cold turkey.
However, I definitely succeeded in switching off far more than I would in London helped by some lovely country walks. And I came back to the big smoke after six days feeling nicely refreshed.
Here are some of my favourite country spots in the North York Moors which I hope you like as much as I do.
Sutton Bank is one of the most spectacular beauty spots in the North York Moors National Park due to that fact it’s one of the few, most unique inland cliffs in England.
Created during the Ice Age, it’s now a favourite spot for ramblers, photographers and anyone who appreciates a fantastic panoramic view. From the edge of Sutton Bank you can see across the Vale of Mowbray and the Vale of York, for miles. It’s also known for the famous White Horse of Kilburn – a huge horse shape that’s been created from chalk chippings and can be seen from afar.
We were also completely in awe of the gliders that were swooping around us and landing into the Yorkshire Gliding Club one by one.
When you’re fully filled with fresh air, you can then pop into the visitors centre and cafe for a nice cuppa.
Find more info about Sutton Bank here.
Cod Beck Reservoir, Osmotherley
Cod Beck is one of my absolute favourite spots because it’s so tranquil and absolutely gorgeous, whatever time of year you visit. Drive up from the village of Swainby through the beautiful spot of Sheepwash and a few hundred yards along from here takes you to the edge of Cod Beck.
You can take a relaxing stroll around Cod Beck in around half an hour and there are various walks you can take in the countryside and hills around here.
Or if like us, you want to explore further, a short 15 minute walk along the road will take you to the gorgeous little village of Osmotherley. Filled with fantastic pubs, coffee shops and a couple of shops, it’s as quaint as North Yorkshire villages get.
And if you’re anything like me, you won’t be able to stop snapping pictures along the way.
Carlton Bank is my number one favourite as it’s where I spent a lot of my childhood and again, offers spectacular views over the countryside. It’s a steep walk up the hill, but is completely rewarding when you get to the top. You may recall some photos I posted a few months back when Carlton Bank was covered in snow (take a look here) and it was transformed into a winter wonderland.
During the warmer months, it’s equally beautiful and the Lord Stones Cafe serves up some great food. There’s also a handy little kiosk where we grabbed some much-needed coffee before trying out our photography skills.
I think we did quite well with our panoramic tricks – don’t you?
Until next time x
What’s your go-to place for R&R? Leave me a message below – would love to hear your stories.