Last weekend, we took the VW campervan from Derbyshire to North Yorkshire for a weekend break in between hires. We stayed in the lovely village of Great Ayton, the birthplace of Captain Cook, in the sight of 330 metre high Roseberry Topping. Great Ayton is a great base for those wanting to explore the moors and there are plenty of adventurous walks nearby.
From Great Ayton, we had a short drive to Grosmont situated in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park. We walked from here to Goathland along the North Yorkshire Moors steam railway line, this was only 3½ miles with lots of interesting things to see along the way including the working steam trains and a great spot for paddling in the river.
Goathland was the setting for the popular television series Heartbeat famously known as Aidensfield and was also Hogsmeade station in the first Harry Potter film. After an ice cream and a look around the shops we headed down to the station to catch the steam train back to Grosmont. This was great for the kids and the dogs were allowed on the train too :)
Before travelling home the next day, we stopped for lunch in the picturesque village of Ostmotherley in the Hambleton Hills on the edge of the moors. We dined at The Three Tuns restaurant where we enjoyed a delicious Sunday lunch before the drive home.