The Garden and Beyond - Swallow Cottage
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The Garden and Beyond


The Garden

The North York Moors National Park is a very special place with some of the most outstanding open landscapes in the world.


Swallow Holiday Cottage is located on a small but not working farm. It is set in a picturesque valley with stunning all around views. We do keep two donkeys, a few Dexter cows, two Highland cows and a few pet sheep.


To the front of your cottage there is a private garden with lawn and patio area where you can dine alfresco (bbq available with a bag of coals provided), or just sit and enjoy the stillness and tranquility of this peaceful location. There is a chiminea with a box of complimentary logs so you can still enjoy the outdoors on those slightly chillier evenings.


To the rear of the cottage there is a hard standing parking area, again with views across the valley.


Here you can wake up to the dawn chorus, watch the wildlife and when the timing is fortunate – witness some amazing sunsets.

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…and beyond

Swallow Cottage is situated in the heart of the North York Moors National Park, surrounded by the impressive moorland countryside of North Yorkshire. Often referred to as the North Yorkshire Moors there is over 550 square miles of heather moorland, forests, fields, valleys and coastline all within the National Park.


Your stay at Swallow Cottage is set in one of the most picturesque valleys and is ideally located for exploring the whole area throughout the year.
A short drive eastwards through the moors takes you to the wonderful fishing port of Whitby with its attractive harbour, cliffs and cliff-top abbey.


To the South-East, the market town of Pickering where each Monday there is a traditional street market, a castle and the starting point for the world famous North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway.


The moors village of Goathland (famous as the location of ‘Heartbeat’ TV series) is within easy reach and one of the stops on the steam railway. The station here was also used in the filming of Harry Potter.


To the South-West is the ancient market town of Helmsley with its historic castle, quaint town square, narrow streets and the Victorian Helmsley Walled Garden alongside the stately home and estate of Duncombe Park.


To the North-West the rolling moorland leads to the Cleveland Hills where Roseberry Topping towers over the surrounding landscape.


Closer by there is the North York Moors Visitor Centre at Danby en-route to Whitby, or the open air museum of Ryedale Folk Museum in the pretty village of Hutton le Hole – where sheep and lambs still graze within the village. The award winning wedding venue of Danby Castle is also nearby.


Slightly further afield there is Flamingo Land with it’s theme park and zoo, Playdale Farm and on the coast, the seaside town of Scarborough offering the Sea Life Centre.
There are the pretty seaside villages of Runswick Bay, Robin Hoods Bay & Sandsend which have coastal walks between them.


Castle Howard is also well worth a visit with it’s world-famous historic house, formal gardens, lake woodland walks.


The beautiful historic city of York is about an eighty-minute drive into the centre. Alternatively, York’s Monks Cross Park & Ride facility is only an hour away.

Walking & Cycling

A locked building is available by prior arrangement to guests who may wish to bring cycles.

(Please note this is at guests own risk & we do not accept responsibility for theft or damage.)


The NYM National Park Centre at Danby offers very good information on local attractions, walking and cycling in the area.

In the cottage there are books detailing local walks, cycling routes and Ordnance Survey maps as well as ideas on countless attractions to visit.


There are many walks of various lengths ranging from gentle strolls of a few miles to those of 20+ miles for the more energetic visitors, all of which lead you through stunning countryside.


For the cyclist there are miles of tracks, bridleways and country roads all allowing you to explore beautiful countryside, coastal views and woodland.


Below are just a few ideas of websites you may wish to visit to whet your appetite:-


go4awalk – North York Moors

North York Moors – Walking

Esk Valley Railway – Walking

North Yorkshire Cycle Routes

North York Moors – Cycling

British Cycling – Guide to North York Moors

North York Moors – Moors to Sea Cycle Network

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