One of my favourite areas in the North York Moors is Rosedale. It is a great walking area with plenty of breath taking views on a clear day.
From Doodale Cottage it is a scenic 30-40 minute drive to Rosedale. There are options to visit the market town of Pickering, and, or, the very pretty village of Hutton-le-Hole where sheep often graze on the village verges. At the centre of Rosedale is the village of Rosedale Abbey, with a few shops, cafes, holiday cottages and caravan park.
An easy, very accessible walk starts from a small car park, by the side of the road, close to the top of Chimney Bank. The path is fairly level and follows the old ironstone industry railway line to a fantastic viewpoint and carved bench. More details of the walk can be found on the North York Moors website.
A longer walk (7½ miles) starts at Rosedale Abbey. The walk takes you across fields and down country lanes before climbing to the opposite side of the valley from chimney bank and returning along another old railway track past ruins of roasting kilns and back to Rosedale Abbey. From the old railway track, you get superb views. More details of the walk can be found on the North York Moors website.
Good refreshments stops are: