Things to see and do
Our holiday cottages & studio rooms are located 1 mile north of the village of Newton-upon-Rawcliffe, approximately 6 miles from the bustling market town of Pickering - a wonderful location to explore the Yorkshire Coast and North York Moors National Park.
We are set in 42 acres of rolling pasture surrounded by wide open spaces and stunning scenery.
There is so much to see and do during your stay in the North York Moors and below you will find a small taste of what is available nearby.
- North York Moors National Park has vast expanses of unpolluted skies & drier climate.
- Uninterrupted horizons at numerous cliff top locations & on the Moors
- North York Moors National Park are one of the best areas to see incredibly starry skies – from our darkest spots you can spy up to 2,000 at any one time.
- Rawcliffe House Farm is situated in Stape, a recognised, dark sky area in the National Park.
- You can take advantage of the huge expanse of dark sky over the farm
- We have a telescope, binoculars, red lights & information books to hire, £7.50 per night.
- On foot, under your own steam, out on the trail... is there any better way to experience the North York Moors than heading out for a walk?
- Walks FROM Rawcliffe House Farm. Follow our easy to follow guides, from short strolls to longer walks & hikes
- North York Moors is full of footpaths from coastal (following the Cleveland Way), woods & forest, Heather clad moors, Valleys & fields.
- Use local buses to do linear, circular or coastal (Cleveland way) walks
- Use the North York Moors Railway to do linear & circular walks
- Use the Esk Dale line to do parts of the Esk Dale Trail
- North York moors feature the Cleveland Way National Trail, Esk Valley Walk, Tabular Hills Walk, The Inn Way to the North York Moors, Coast to Coast & the Lyke Wake Walk
- We have a drying room for boots, coats and any other gear.
- There are many pretty little villages to stop for refreshment at a pub or café.
- From Rawcliffe House Farm you can follow beautiful cycle rides along many bridleways & forest tracks straight from the door.
- We have a couple of cycle route guides to follow
- We also have road routes to follow, for the keen road cyclist.
- Go to Dalby Forest to hire bikes, cycle or do other activities.
- Cycle hire can be arranged to ensure you can use bikes from Rawcliffe House Farm.
- The North York Moors is a fantastic location for cycling, whether you’re a family or a world-class mountain biker.
- Check out “Cycle Hub” – Great Fryup Dale.
- From moorland birds to minke whales, there’s a wealth of wildlife waiting to be discovered on the North York Moors.
- At Rawcliffe House Farm we have wild bird feeding stations.
- We have a viewing platform at the top of our fields. Enjoy the peace!
- Barn Owl nesting.
- At Rawcliffe House Farm you can see deer, barn owls, kestrels, woodpeckers, nuthatches & many more forms of wildlife.
- We are surrounded by countryside, so even a short walk will allow you further viewings of deer & other wildlife.
- We have a viewing scope, binoculars & nature books to hire. £4.50 for 24 hours.
Attractions & Activities
- North York Moors Railways is the longest steam railway in England. Levisham station is only 2 miles away from Rawcliffe House Farm by foot.
- Castles at Scarborough, Pickering & Helmsley to visit.
- Historic houses, Castle Howard, Nunnington Hall, Sledmere House, Burton Agnes, just to mention a few.
- Flamingo Land Theme Park & Zoo.
- Museum’s in Pickering, Whitby & Hutton -le -Hole with the Ryedale Folk Museum
- Church’s & Abbeys at Whitby, Lastingahm, Pickering, Rievaulx & Byland & many more.
- Sea-side towns & villages, sandy beaches & idyllic coves.
- Market Towns
- Quiet rural villages.
Places to Eat & Drink
- Vast choice of very good local real ale pubs, restaurants & cafes in the local area, Blacksmiths Arms at Lastigham, Cappleman’s fish & chip restaurant & take-away in Pickering.
- The famous “Magpie” fish restaurant at Whitby, close enough to go for tea in an evening from Rawcliffe House Farm.
- Wonderful cafes with beautiful home-made cakes & fresh sandwiches, such as the “Stonehouse Bakery” at Danby or “The Cycle Hub” at Great Fryup Dale (capital of cake winners). Or try the café above “Hammonds” the jewellers (a hidden gem!!) at the bottom of the 199 steps in Whitby.
- We can only just give you a few examples but ask us, Jan & Duncan, (we unfortunately have to try them out!) & we will tell you great places to go.
Towns & Villages
- There are many beautiful historic towns & villages dotted throughout the North York Moors.
- Pickering is a 10 – 15-minute drive away, our nearest shopping centre. It is a wonderful market town with supermarkets, local butchers, bakers & fruit & veg shops. It has restaurants & take-aways, pubs & cafes. Also there is a castle & museum.
- Follow our drive routes that will help you explore the countryside & coast, with maps, information on places to see & suggestions of cafes to use. Our guests really enjoy these.
- There are several market towns within the North York Moors National Park.
- There are many pretty red-roofed little villages, Hutton-le-Hole, Danby, Lastingham & many more each with its own unique identity, nestled in wonderful countryside.
- There are coastal towns like Whitby, & Scarborough.
- There are coastal villages set in pretty little coves, such as Staithes, Runswick Bay & Ravenscar.
- Wonderful stretches of sand at Whitby, Scarborough South & North Bay & Sandsend which is North of Whitby.
- Beautiful coves at Staithes, Runswick Bay, Ravenscar & Robin Hoods Bay.
- Scarborough & Whitby have the usual feel of being at the seaside for families, with long promenade to walk on & harbours with fishing & tourists’ boats.
- The quiet little coves of Robin Hoods Bay, Runswick Bay & Staithes provide, peaceful little havens to search rock pools or sit & relax.
- Sandsend is a popular little beach & village, very popular with families & couples who like a less commercial feel, but never the less there are cafes & other facilities