The North York Moors is a fantastic space to enjoy, with unexpected green dales cutting in to the more barren but beautiful moors. A paradise for walkers, painters photographers and even those that want a great view with a cup of tea or a pint. www.northyorkmoors.org.uk
The taste of Yorkshire. Whatever you fancy, it’s within easy striking distance from the Long Barn; Michelin starred restaurants, great pubs, tea rooms, fish and chips or a curry. Our local pub, the Moors Inn has a great atmosphere, fabulous food and beer 7 days a week and is only a couple of minutes walk. www.squidbeak.co.uk
The Coast is amazingly varied from the towering cliffs at Flamborough to hidden harbours and sandy bays. As well as the wilds there are charming seaside towns like Staithes and Whitby. www.discoveryorkshirecoast.com
Cycling and horse riding www.northyorkshirecycling.co.uk and www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/visiting/enjoy-outdoors/horse-riding
The North York Moors Railway Steam trains run from Pickering up to Grosmont and Goathland and some all the way to Whitby.
Relax and Pamper Locally the Verbena Spa at the Feversham Arms, Helmsley offers a fabulous range of pampering treatments. Or further afield, we can recommend a spa day at the Victorian Baths in Harrogate. www.fevershamarmshotel.com/verbena-spa
Local attractions Both Pickering and Helmsley have historic castles and historic houses such as Castle Howard are in abundance. The area is dotted with attractive market towns which all have a market day, including Malton who host an annual food festival. For those that like a little more adrenalin, the rides at Flamingo land could be just the ticket www.castlehoward.co.uk www.flamingoland.co.uk
Gardens There are a number of beautiful gardens locally; one of our favourites is the Piet Oudulf designed walled garden at Scampston Hall. www.scampston.co.uk/gardens.html