What to do in the North York Moors in Autumn

01 November 2022 by Rachel Wilson

What to do in the North York Moors in Autumn

The cooler months of September, October and November are some of the best times to go and explore the North York Moors. In this blog, we’ll share with you some of our favourite things to do in autumn in the spectacular North York Moors.

Take a Hike

October is the best month for autumn colours and when you walk through the woodlands you will be rewarded with the vibrant colours of red, orange and gold or in the National Park, the 3.2 km Ellerburn walk is located in the prettiest corner of Thornton le Dale. It follows the beck upstream to the hamlet. The stroll, along the riverside, roads and pavements, takes in a majestic row of orange beech trees.

Explore Nature

The summer crowds have dissipated and there are some epic natural sights to witness like the beautiful cloud inversions early in the mornings. Early autumn starts with the flowering of the heather as the moorlands explode with a fantastic purple landscape. Foraging is also abundant in the North York Moors with fungi springing up in the woodlands like Dalby Forest. Book yourself onto a fungi foray course so you can find out which are edible.

Whale Watching

In the autumn, whales move south along Yorkshire's coastline, following the shoals of mackerel and herring. Early November is one of the best times to look for them and you can book a whale watching cruise from Staithes village from the Three Sisters Sea Trips. You might also be able to spot porpoises and white-beaked dolphins, and even large humpback whales have been seen in recent years too.

North York Moors Visitor's Lap Map

Be sure to check out our North York Moors range here where we have products ranging from postcards, Lap Maps and printed coasters.

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