3. North York Moors National Park
One of the most popular national parks in the UK, the North York Moors offers miles of heather-clad moorland together with breath-taking views across the North Sea. Almost a quarter of the moors are covered by woodland and it boasts the largest concentration of ancient trees in the north of England.
Nestled in its midst are the stunning remains of Rievaulx Abbey, once one of England’s most powerful Cistercian monasteries. Today the site is owned by English Heritage, and visitors can take an audio tour of the ruins and visit the museum to hear the dramatic story of the Abbey’s rise and fall.