North York Moors
Located in North Yorkshire, the Moors are a national park regulated by the North York Moors National Park Authority . In contrast to National Parks in some other countries, the North York Moors are not public land and The National Park status, which it received in 1952, prevents inappropriate development.
Displaying a range of stunning landscapes: heather-clad hills, woodland, impressive sea cliffs and secluded beaches; this area is one of the gems of Britain. At 554 square miles and with more than 1,400 miles of paths and tracks to choose from it really is worth a lengthy stay to truly enjoy the many faces of this part of the world.
The history of the North Yorkshire Moors can be explored through the many prehistoric sites found dotted around the park including remains of burial chambers, forts and one of the tallest landmarks; a 25-foot standing stone in Runston churchyard near Bridlington, which is estimated to be 3-4000 years old.
The North York Moors are a plateau, or table-land, with a sudden drop-off to the north, west and south, and sea-cliffs to the east. The plateau is covered with tree-less moor, interspersed with narrow valleys.
Flora and fauna
As one of the largest expanses of heather moorland in the UK, this plant undoubtedly dominates the landscape and the moors change colour throughout the months of the year depending on the type that is in bloom. A variety of bog plants and heathland plants can also be found.
Merlin, Golden Plover, Red Grouse, Curlew, Lapwing, Ring Ouzel and Adder can all be found on the North Yorkshire Moors.
There is a comprehensive Moorsbus service, which runs from April to October and can take you (and your dog!) all across the park. You can hop on and off at the many stops and by parking your car at designated areas and taking the bus, you are also saving this wonderful environment from unnecessary pollution.
There is a place near Helmsley (more specifically Wass) to the south-west named Byland Abbey. There is a very good pub there, named the "Abbey Inn".
There is little crime in the Moors except for petty theft from cars so leave valuables hidden. Take precautions against the weather  if going out walking etc.