Spring has sprung! This means that it’s time for adventures. Road trips don’t need to cost a fortune – and this is where we come in with our latest offer. Long story short, you will be on the road for 4 days, only paying for 2. Where is the catch? There isn’t one.
This is our second cool itinerary from a series of five, which will come handy if you're planning a little road trip in England. This time we are sending you to visit two of the most famous and beautiful parks in the United Kingdom for a real outdoor adventure!
Here is a link for a PDF version of the itinerary, which you can download and look at anywhere and anytime you need to.
Carlisle – North York Moors National Park
On the first day of your trip, you can pick up your car from our branch on Wakefield Rd and then head to John Watt & Son Coffee House (on Bank Street) for a tasty breakfast and one of the best coffees you’ll ever have! Once fed, you are ready to go on a very exciting trip to one of the best national parks in England.
Jump on the M6 before joining the A66, drive past Richmond before merging on the A1 (near Catterick), then hop on the A168 and when you approach Thirok merge on the A170, which will finally lead you to your desired destination – the North York Moors National Park. The whole drive takes around three hours, which means that you will be there just after lunchtime, or early afternoon, if you’ve made a pit stop somewhere along the way.
The park covers an area of over 1,430 km2 and combines beautiful land with impressive cliffs on its North coast.
We have noticed that the park is so much more than just a beautiful place to go for a walk as there is always so much going on! This spring, there are a variety of exhibitions and events including Nature in Detail (farm life paintings), From Land to Sea (3D paintings by Bridget Wilkinson) and many walking events such as A Walk Up To Warsett Hill. All you need to do is check their website in advance to decide which ones you’d most like to see!
In the evening, you can stay over in a cottage in the North York Moors, such as the Honeysuckle Cottage or the Dale Cottage. Make sure you book your cottage in advance, as they can be extremely popular! Please note that most of them are self-catered but you can always go for food in the local pub or restaurant. For dinner, it has to be a roast with some gravy and Yorkshire puddings…
Exploring the National Park
We really like their farmers’ market shows where you can sample local food and drink, speak to the farmers and visit the craft markets. The products on display vary according to season and the markets usually start at 9am, so make sure you’re there bright and early! Locations include Guisborough, Hovingham, Malton, Pickering and many others in the local area.
In the afternoon, you absolutely have to visit some of the iconic views in the park – Sutton Bank (located in the Western end of the park), Blakey Ridge and the Hole of Horcum (a natural cauldron). If you are really fond of cliffs, make sure you check out the Ravenscar (right on the coast) to Robin Hood’s Bay route, where you can even have tea at the Raven Hall. And that’s not even the beginning – there is so much to see in this delightful place.
North York Moors Park to the Lake District
After you’ve had a good rest (and hopefully a good nights sleep) you can head to another amazing park, the famous Lake District National Park. The easiest way back is to drive the exact same way you came, however when you reach Penrith, you take a turn to Yanwath as opposed to getting on the M6 to Carlisle.
In about two hours, you will reach the park – and you can spend the day enjoying some of the many attractions available including water sports, bird watching or just have a nice walk around. Cycling is also available, which is extremely enjoyable – especially on a warm, sunny day!
For outdoor lovers there is the Park Run which you can register for online.
Random fact: here you can find the first pencil museum in the world!
In the evening, you can stay over in a cosy cottage or a boutique hotel depending on your budget and preferences. We, for one, cannot choose as we like them both. Just be sure to check out the Casa Bella ice cream place in Keswick and also the local markets!
We’ve heard from a trusted source that the Royal Oak is great for staying and for a proper roast by the fire (yum).
Back to Carlisle
After a nice breakfast, you can enjoy the park some more – after all, Carlisle is only half an hour away so no need to rush!
ITo head back to Carlisle, you just need to either get on the A595 or the M6, it takes roughly the same time.
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