Visiting the North York Moors & Coast in July and August

Summer has arrived and full-leaf oaks, ashes and beeches are supporting hundreds of birds across our Thirley Cotes Farm estate and beyond.

White carpets of cotton-like grass on the fell plateaux, topped with soft seed heads, are a glorious sight; the fluffy ‘flower’ tops reminiscent of cotton wool balls blowing in the warm breeze and were once used for stuffing mattresses and pillows.

Blakey Ridge between Hutton le Hole and the Lion Inn is a good pitstop, looking west toward Farndale.

At the National Trust managed Bridestones, stroll through the wildflower meadows at Dovedale along the route of the Bridestones Trail, and, as harvesting gets underway towards the end of the month, the scent of lavender will be filling the air, along with bees, dragonflies and butterflies with their colourful wings.

Kingfishers are one of the most brilliantly coloured birds in Britain and you may be fortunate to see a flash of blue as you walk by a river, should one dash across the water or make a dive to catch small fish.

July is the perfect time for a woodland walk in our neighbouring grounds and ‘Seafest‘ is Scarborough’s annual maritime weekend celebration, taking place from the 14th – 16th.

The West Pier on Scarborough’s South Bay comes to life with a musical programme, street entertainers, family activities and a variety of stalls by local businesses.

A fantastic fireworks display on Saturday evening rounds off the first day’s events and there’s plenty of entertainment to start the summer season across the North York Moors.

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