Things to Do & See


Whitby is a short car journey away from Old Bears Barn and is well worth exploring.
Split by the river Esk, Whitby is a lovely seaside town with many attractions including Whitby Abbey ruins (the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”), the Church of St. Mary which can be reached by 199 steps, the Captain Cook Memorial Museum and Whitby Jet (a local black gemstone). Seasonal boat trips are also available from the harbour for either fishing or sightseeing.

The cobbled backstreets to the East of the river contain a number of interesting shops which you can access via the swing bridge and to the West of the river there are many eateries and bars. Fish and Chips is definitely a must if you are visiting Whitby and there are many places you can sample it.

Robin Hoods Bay

A short journey south from Whitby, Robin Hood’s Bay is a picturesque old fishing village. It is a fantastic place for adults and children alike with a beautiful family friendly sandy beach, as well as rock pools to explore and ancient fossils to discover.

Wandering through its narrow, twisting cobbled streets and alleyways, you can easily imagine the sailors and fishermen, smugglers and press gangs that walked these streets hundreds of years ago. Today it is a vibrant village, with a wide range of cafes, pubs, restaurants and small shops to explore.


The village was the setting of the fictional village of Aidensfield in the Heartbeat television series set in the 1960s. Many landmarks from the series are recognisable, including the stores, garage/funeral directors, the public house and the railway station. The pub is called the Goathland Hotel, but in the series is the Aidensfield Arms.

The tumbling waterfall of Mallyan Spout is close by accessible by foot and can be part of a 3 mile circular walk via Beck Hole should you wish.

Walking & Cycling

The North York Moors was designated as a National Park in 1952 and covers 554 square
miles and contains the largest area of heather moorland in England and Wales.
Boasting 26 miles of coastline and an incredible 1,408 miles of footpaths, the National Park
is one of Britain’s most-loved walking destinations.
It is also a fantastic location for cycling, whether you’re a family cyclist or a world-class
mountain biker.

North East Coastline

A short journey by car to the coast will provide access to the Cleveland Way, a 109 mile national trail that takes in a large portion of the North East coastline from Filey to Saltburn-by-the-sea before snaking inland. This coastline is spectacular and is a great way to explore the local coastal towns/villages (Robin Hoods Bay, Whitby, Sandsend, Kettleness, Runswick Bay, Staithes).

Dalby Forest

Nestled on the southern slopes of the beautiful North York Moors National Park and loved by locals and new visitors alike, Dalby Forest has something for everyone.

The landscape offers a variety of different trails – whether you are looking for a gentle stroll, challenging bike ride or active run – all amid breathtaking scenery.

Dalby Forest is a designated Dark Sky Discovery Site, where its possible to see the Milky Way with the naked eye.


The North York Moors Steam Railway runs from Whitby to Pickering and is a wonderful way see the surrounding countryside. Grosmont is the closest station to Old Bears Barn approximately 6 miles away.

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Ian and Britt (and Barney the cat) look forward to welcoming you to Old Bears Barn and making your stay in North Yorkshire a special one. We are always happy for you to get in touch with any questions or queries you may have about the area or accommodation. We look forward to hearing from you!

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