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    Road Trip around the Yorkshire Moors

    Discover North Yorkshire and the heather moorland
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    Yorkshire Moors Road Trip - Kirkbymoorside to York Itinerary

    The Yorkshire Moors are one of the largest moor areas in the UK, but this is not the only reason for the popularity of the region.

    Another reason is the national park that stretches over 550 miles across Scarborough, Whitby and Kirkbymoorside. In spring this area is a real tourist magnet, with its blooming heather that paints the rolling hills in a wonderful violet colour.

    The moorland offers enthusiastic drivers great routes from Kirkbymoorside over Malton to York. Many visitors count York as one of the highlights when visiting the UK. On your road trip through the Yorkshire Moors, Auto Europe will show you the best tourist attractions, sightseeing spots and hidden gems, which will make your trip into a true adventure.

    Driving Itinerary Distance Driving Time
    Kirkbymoorside to Pickering 7.5 miles 14 minutes
    Pickering to Malton 9 miles 16 minutes
    Malton to York 19 miles 36 minutes
    Totals: 35.5 miles 1 hours 6 min

    Day 1: Discover Kirkbymoorside

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    What to do in Kirkbymoorside

    Our journey begins at the southern edge of the Yorkshire moorland with a road trip to Kirkbymoorside. The old-world flair of this town can be seen in the religious and architectural sights, including Saint's Parish, which dates back to the 1300s, as well as St. Chad, the Bethel Chapel and the Quaker Meeting House.

    If you are an enthusiastic golfer, be sure not to leave your clubs at home, because Kirkbymoorside offers a 18-hole golf course. With a car hire in Kirkbymoorside, you can also enjoy some wonderful hiking trails, go mountain biking or simply stroll through scenery of the the southern moorlands.

    Where to eat & stay in Kirkbymoorside

    Your physical well-being will also be taken care of at Bridget's A Slice of Heaven, for example, where you can feast upon the delightful breakfast or brunch options. You can find great fish and chips at Lemon Tree, and convenient and comfortable accommodation is offered at Lion Inn Blakey Ridge York. The next stop on our road trip through the Yorkshire Moors is the village of Pickering.


    Next stop: 14 minutes


    Day 2: Pickering

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    What to do in Pickering

    Once you are back on the road, continue your road trip to Pickering via the A170 in the southern direction. Your trip should, without a doubt, include a stop at the fairytale-like village of Pickering. Once a market town, over the course of time Pickering grew into a tourist staple.

    During your stay in Pickering you should not miss the medieval murals, found in Pickering Paris Church. Other popular attractions that you can easily reach with a car hire in Pickering are the castle, the Beck Isle Museum and the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

    Where to eat in Pickering

    After visiting so many tourist attractions you are sure to feel peckish. Luckily, this problem is easily solved in Pickering. Various tea houses, bistros and cafes are located close to the lovely shops in the centre. The village seems to always make one feel as if standing in the middle of a large marketplace. The best places to satiate your hunger are Capplemans Fish and Chips Restaurant, The Dale Head Farm Tea Garden, Willowgate Bistro, and the Middleton Post Office Tea Parlour. Thanks to the many eateries in Pickering, it will be difficult to make up your mind on where to eat, but you can rest assured that those needing a quick snack will be taken care of.

    After you have left Pickering behind, continue your road trip through the Yorkshire Moors in the direction of the A169 to Malton. The A169, also known as Malton Road, offers great vistas of some of the largest farms in England. The A64 exit will bring you to close proximity to Malton.

    Where to eat in Malton

    Once you have reached Malton, we recommend that you spend at least one night in this lovely town, which has lots to offer visitors. Get settled in at a hotel and enjoy a meal at one of the town's best restaurants, such as Kingfisher Cafe, The Farmhouse Bakery or Rory's Bar. You can even enjoy some German food, if the mood strikes you, at the Mount Hotel German Bar and Restaurant. After your dinner you can enjoy a drink in one of the local pubs - The Royal Oak is a great option.


    Next stop: 16 minutes


    Day 3: Museums in Malton

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    What to do in Malton

    Malton is rather small compared to other English towns, but the little villages still has much to offer. There are some great museums, such as the very popular military museum Eden Camp. Art lovers will find a visit to the Robert Fuller Gallery very worthwhile. Weather permitting, you should take the opportunity to drive your car hire from Malton to the Scrampston Walled Garden. Another possible attraction close to Malton is the Wolds Way Collection. Flamingo Land, one of the best theme parks in the UK, is located close to Malton. History enthusiasts should without a doubt visit St. Mary's Priory Church.

    Where to stay in Malton

    We recommend the following hotels: Old Lodge, Talbot Hotel and Burlythorpe House. More affordable options are of course also on offer, including Lime Kiln House Bed & Breakfast, Brawby Grange Bed & Breakfast and Cross Keys Bed & Breakfast. In these lodgings you will find a no-frills room with breakfast included in the rate.


    Next stop: 36 minutes


    Day 4: Culturally Rich York

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    What to do in York

    We continue our road trip from Malton towards York. During the drive you can enjoy the beautiful views along the A64.

    It makes sense to finish our road trip in York, as it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the UK. The city has abundant cultural, historical and religious highlights. You will not regret taking a bit more time for your stay in York.

    While in York, you should definitely visit the National Railway Museum, as well the York Maze, the Holy Trinity Church, the York City Walls, and the Museum Gardens. The York Minster and Merchant Adventurer's Hall is also a must for every tourist. Great shopping opportunities are offered in Coppergate, Swinegate and Micklegate.

    Many festivals take place in York every year. Make sure you find out ahead of time which events are going to be held during your visit, so that you don't miss out! In September, for example, you can catch the yearly Food Festival and York Beer Festival.

    A true English town will of course also offer visitors a large number of pubs, bars and nightclubs. Visit the Hyena Lounge Comedy Club for some good laughs, or enjoy a beer at York Tap, a pub that is truly steeped in history, located close the the central railway station. The Olde Starr (today known as Taylor Walker Pub) has been a staple of the York pub scene since 1644, and allows visitors to enjoy five different bars as well as an outdoor area.

    Where to eat in York

    The culinary scene of the city offers something for every taste. If your travel budget is already reaching its limit by this point of our road trip, we recommend eating at one of the many pubs, where you can find an easy, quick meal at an affordable price. Those looking for a high-end dining experience will be happy with a visit to The Blue Bicycle, Nineteen, Meltons or Cedar Court Grand.

    York is known around the worldwide for something else, too. According to legend, a tipsy ghost roams the shadowy, dark alleys of the city at night! With your car hire in York, you are well equipped to visit all the sights and attractions.

    The Yorkshire Moors: Plan the perfect trip with Auto Europe

    Now that you know what our road trip through the Yorkshire Moors has in store, all that's left is to book your car hire in the UK and prepare for this unique trip. Please note that it is a good idea to book ahead of time, due to the growing popularity of York as a tourist destination. Auto Europe is happy to help you plan your perfect car hire trip.

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