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Peace and quiet, big views and dark skies, ancient villages and sweeping forests, rolling moorland and a craggy coast – there's plenty of the Great Outdoors in the North York Moors and lots of ways to enjoy it. Two National Park Centres, at Danby and Sutton Bank, fill visitors in on all there is to see and do, and between them they offer up a full annual programme of walks, activities and children's events. As you might expect, there's terrific walking and cycling to be had – the Cleveland Way National Trail cuts right through the heart of the region (as does part of the Coast-to-Coast walk), while the Moor to Sea Cycle Network connects moors and coast in a 150-mile series of loops and rides between all the major settlements. Wheel-fiends also know all about Dalby Forest, which has world-class mountain-biking trails and loads of other forest activities to enjoy. Some of the UK's finest ruined abbeys nestle in secluded corners of the moors – Rievaulx is the most famous – while ancient stone crosses, standing stones and Roman roads tell the tale of a long human history here. Local museums meanwhile present a mix of history, heritage and downright idiosyncracy – the fascinating open-air Ryedale Folk Museum in the gorgeous village of Hutton le Hole is the single biggest museum attraction, well worth a special trip into the heart of the moors.

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