The Forest Drive provides a great surface for exploring by mountain bike. It features some substantial hills, offering a great day's challenging biking. Close by, Dalby Forest offers a range of mountain biking tracks from beginner to international standard. The 'Moor to Sea' cycle route passes right by the door on this, its most challenging section.
For walkers, the Inns Way literally passes the door and just a kilometer across the valley the Tabular Hills Walk wends its way past.
We're Heartbeat country, we're Herriot country, and Hogsmead Station is a hop up the line for Potter fans. The area is a regular location for film crews seeking dramatic back drops and the timeless charm of rural England.
This glacial landscape formed at the end of the last ice age harbours layers of history. Roman encampments and ancient barrows are to found across Newtondale and on the moor. The striking ruins of Rievaulx Abbey, one of the great abbeys of England prior to dissolution is situated to the west near the cultural market town of Helmsley.
A drive or ride out reveals the splendid heritage coast... nostalgic memories of childhood seaside holidays, new discoveries of quaint fishing villages and smuggler's coves. Scarborough with the remains of its medieval castle and traditional seaside feel, the charming Staithes for its Jurassic cliffs, quaint sheltered harbour and early connections to Captain Cook before he moved to the now bustling fishing port of Whitby to join the Royal Navy. Picturesque Robin Hoods Bay with its old tradition of smuggling.
Not forgetting the lesser known gems of Runswick Bay, sheltered at the northern end of a beautiful sandy beach, and the wooded valley of Hayburn Wyke leading down to a stunning, hidden rocky cove with tumbling waterfall and giant boulders!
To the south the rolling Howardian hills with their centrepiece, the magnificent Castle Howard, make for a soothing journey to the walled city of York with its mediaeval streets and myriad attractions including of course the National Railway Museum.
The majority of our guests come time & time again with so much to explore from the comfort of the cottages at Grove House Levisham.
Experience England's history and nature 'in a nutshell' here in the North York Moors National Park - where peace and beauty rub shoulders with a rich heritage and a warm welcome. The National Park is one of Britain's treasured places, established in 1952 to protect 554 square miles of magical moorland, ancient woodland, secluded dales, historic sites and a stunning Jurassic age coastline. From rolling panoramas and big skies to enchanting forests and idyllic dales, there's a sense of peace and tranquility here that's hard to beat - and all just 30 miles or so north of York.
The North York Moors National Park website is a great resource for discovering and planning local walks selected to showcase the very best landscapes & countryside the area has to offer.
Our Walks... http://www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/visiting/enjoy-outdoors/walking/our-walks
Explore the North York Moors http://www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/visiting/see-and-do/explore-the-north-york-moors
York is just a 45 minute drive to the South. With its wealth of visitor attractions and bountiful history there is enough to keep the most determined of sightseers occupied for weeks. Here are a few places that should not be missed...
Continuing the Levisham Station theme...
Many of our guests have more than a passing interest in the railways. This superb & definitive collection of mechanical wonders showcases the historical importance of the railways, both to Britain and to York's renaissance in the 19th century. It is located just behind the Victorian station.
Leeman Road, York YO26 4XJ
And of course our Rowntree connection...
Cousins to the Rowntrees of York, the former owners of Grove House ran a Department Store in Scarborough. The story of the Rowntrees is inextricably linked with York's Chocolate Story.
King's Square, York YO1 7LD
Adult £12.95 Seniors/Students £11.95 Under 15s £10.50
Staithes & Port Mulgrave http://www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/visiting/see-and-do/attractions/staithes-and-port-mulgrave
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