Visitors will find it easier to cycle, walk, stargaze or enjoy nature across the North York Moors thanks to a new National Park initiative that is forging a strong network of ‘friendly’ businesses with dedicated facilities and knowledge on specific activities.
For the last two years the North York Moors National Park has been working with a raft of businesses such as bed and breakfasts, cafes and shops that have each pledged to become cycling, walking, dark skies or nature-friendly.
Now more than 55 organisations have met the initiative’s criteria to display one or more of the four activity-friendly logos developed by the National Park so that visitors can easily plan their trip to include those places that offer facilities and services that meet their needs.
The North York Moors has long been a magnet for cyclists with more than 2000km of bridleways and quiet moorland roads at their disposal which has led to dedicated cycle centres and bike hire places springing up across the National Park.
The difference now is that with 30 cycling-friendly businesses in place there’s a more joined-up approach enabling cyclists of all abilities to feel more confident about embarking on a trip across the area. For instance they can now find out where there’s a café, shop or accommodation-provider on their route if they want to have a cyclist’s breakfast, securely lock their bike when they stop for a break, carry out a repair or wash their wheels at the end of the day.
Currently 30 businesses are displaying the cycling-friendly logo; 26 are walking-friendly; 14 have become dark-skies friendly and 11 are nature-friendly.
Those involved include:
Crag House Farm at Danby which is providing kit storage, boot cleaning facilities, maps, water fill-ups and first aid kit for walkers including their self-catering guests.
The Barn Guesthouse and Tearoom at Hutton le Hole which is also providing similar facilities to Crag House Farm as part of its walking-friendly status.
Each are included on dedicated maps on the North York Moors National Park’s website such as: www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/walkingfriendly