Pretty villages in North Yorkshire

There are lots of beautiful villages in North Yorkshire that aren’t always on the tourist must-visit list but are too good not to shout about! If you’re looking for somewhere to visit that’s a little more off the beaten track, check out some of these gorgeous places.

Great Ayton

With a river running through the centre, Great Ayton is a spectacularly beautiful village. With plenty of grass on the riverbank to relax on between paddles in the water, and lots of independent shops to browse, it’s a beautiful spot. For the adventurous among you, you can also climb up Roseberry Topping and get sensational views across the county.

view over Robin Hood's Bay

Robin Hood’s Bay

Robin Hood’s Bay is a beautiful spot along the coast that often gets overshadowed by the bigger spots like Whitby and Scarborough. The quaint fishing village sits on a bay and is a perfect spot for a walk on the beach, fish and chips and a break from the craziness of everyday life.


Don’t be surprised if you find a sheep crossing your path as you wander around the stunning Hutton-le-Hole. This quintessential village in the North York Moors National Park is well worth a visit. Just outside the village, you’ll find the Ryedale Folk Museum, a fun and informative history of the area.

West Burton

In the Yorkshire Dales, you’ll find West Burton. It’s a stunning village with lots to see and do. Visit Moorside Design Cat Pottery, The Old Smithy Antiques and the absolutely beautiful Cauldron Falls.

Hawes town with tractor and stream


Hawes is a fantastic place to visit. It’s full of lots of independent shops and still has a lively market on a Tuesday. As well as a wander through the village, you can enjoy a trip to the Wensleydale Creamery and the 18th century water powered Gayle Mill.


Right on the edge of the North York Moors national park, Osmotherley is part of the Cleveland Way national trial. It’s a beautiful little village to wander around with lovely places to eat and drink. You should also take a look at Cod Beck Reservoir for an extra wander and some peace in the Yorkshire countryside.


There’s nothing finer than a wander around Middleham. The village boasts a magnificent castle, which has the largest keep in the North of England. It’s also well known for its horse racing heritage, with many high-profile trainers living and working in the area. Plus, for a bit of family adventure, Forbidden Corner with its unique labyrinth.

wave breakers on Sandsend beach


Sandsend is a stunning fishing village near to Whitby on the dramatic Yorkshire coast. It’s full of cute beach shacks and scrumptious tea rooms. With wide sweeping beaches where you might find a fossil or two, delicious restaurants as well as a luxury spa, Sandsend a perfect place to relax.


Near to Pickering, Thornton-le-Dale is a beautiful spot for a wander. Enjoy a stroll past the gorgeous houses and make sure to take visit the Beck Isle Museum. They bring the Victorian period to life inside a grade II listed thatched cottage.

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