Levisham Estate (Hole of Horcum)

One of the National Park's favourite features, this remarkable natural amphitheatre is some 400 feet deep and more than half a mile across. ancient stories tell us that it was formed when the giant Wade grabbed a handful of earth to throw at his wife when they argued.

It's part of the Levisham Estate, which also includes Levisham Moor, said to be the largest ancient monument on the Moors, with traces of human occupation dating back to the Bronze and Iron Ages. The romantically ruined Skelton Tower, a former shooting lodge, allows stunning views of Newtondale - look out for locomotives from the North Yorkshire Moors Railway passing by.

The Levisham Estate is Open Access Land, so you're free to roam and appreciate the scenic grandeur and fascinating wildlife. (DiscoverYorkshireCoast.com)

Our tip - Park in the pay and display car park on the main road but don't forget your walking boots. A circular walk usually takes about 3 1/2 hours but it's nice to delay a while for lunch at the Horseshoe Inn at Levisham which is about half way round.

Breathtaking Views - Roseberry Topping

Our very own mini Matterhorn: Roseberry Topping's distinctive shape is the result of geological fault and a mining collapse a century ago. climb the hill for stunning views of the National Park, and explore the nearby bluebell woods, heather moorland and Roseberry Common.


Sutton Bank

James Herriott considered the view from the top of Sutton Bank to be one of the finest in England. The best way to check it out is by bike - the Natioanl Park Centre there offers cycle hire, and has a mix of natural and man-made trails suitable for every level of experience (DiscoverYorkshireCoast.com)

Robin Hood's Bay - Part of the Cleveland Way this is probably one of the most photographed locations in the world: The steep street snakes down from the clifftop to the beach at the bottom and is lined with lovely cottages, shops and cafes. DiscoverYorkshireCoast.com

Insider info - If you fancy a fabulous walk, it's about 7 miles from The Waverley to Robin Hoods Bay along the coastal path. Make sure you have boots because the uppy downy path feels futher. You will be rewarded with the opportunity to look for fossils at Saltwick Bay on route and there are fabulous views. You can turn this into an epic circular walk by returning on the cinder track or have lunch in the Bay and come back on the bus.

Runswick Bay -  This picturesque village is an ideal starting point for Guests wanting a coastal walk. Catch the bus to Runswick Bay and then walk back into Whitby via Sandsend. If you wish to extend the walk then try staying on the bus to Staithes and using the Cleveland Way to Runswick. I love Staithes, I particularly love having a bite to eat in the Cod and Lobster in the harbour and checking out the galleries and craft shops.

The Yellow Boats offer coastal and river cruises in Whitby. www.whitbycoastalcruises.co.uk Tel: 07981 712419

The Captain Cook Seagoing Experience 25 minute sea trips info@endeavourwhitby.com

Moors & Coast Cycle Hire Bikes delivered to the door Tel: 07870 406926 www.moorscyclehire.co.uk

Whitby Town Open Top bus Tour - 24 hour tickets with full commentary giving historical and fascinating insights about Whitby. www.coastalandcountry.co.uk

A fabulous circular car journey which can easily take up a full day of sight seeing.

Drive out of Whitby on the Middlesborough Road turning left towards Danby. At Danby visit the bakery for fabulous local produce before making your first stop at the Danby Moors Visitors Centre. http://www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/visiting/see-and-do/the-moors-national-park-centre

Next set off towards Castleton and Blakey Ridge

Perfect walking country with stunning views, Blakey Ridge connects two dales - Farndale, famous for its wild daffodils in the spring, and magnificent Rosedale, once a major centre of iron ore extraction. (DiscoverYorkshire.com)

Our tip - Call in at the Lion Inn for your lunch http://lionblakey.co.uk/  The highest point on the Yorkshire Moors and on part of Wainwrights Coast to Coast path, this historic 16C pub is a must for a hearty lunch.

Next stop is Hutton Le Hole and the Crown Inn on the village green

Further along the road you meet the Pickering / Thirsk Road so turn left here until you reach the mini roundabout in Pickering. If you haven't already visited Pickering on your steam train experience then this small market town is always worth a stop.

Along the Pickering/Whitby road you'll see the signs for Goathland (Heartbeat country). Why not divert off for a pit stop in Aidensfield.

Then home for a quick clean up before sampling Whitbys nightlife.

Castle Howard 

Not to be missed - one of the world's most famous statley homes, it's been the location for many films and TV series and has fabulous interiors, world-renowned collections, stunning architecture, glorious gardens and a fabulous restaurant.

Pannet Park and Museum - founded in 1823 enjoy the stunning setting of Pannet Park, Whitby Museum and the Pannett Art Gallery. www.whitbymuseum.org.uk

Whitby Abbey - English Heritage. Discover the gothic splendour that inspired Bram stoker's legendary tale of Dracula