THE LOCAL AREA
Information about the local area – including walking, sight-seeing and cycling…
The North York Moors & surrounding area
From your fantastic location on the edge of the the North York Moors National Park, you’ll be spoilt for things to see and do. Broom House is an ideal base to explore the beautiful North York Moors and surrounding seaside towns of Whitby, Scarborough and Robin Hood’s Bay. The historical City of York, is only a short drive away.
The North York Moors National Park is a playground for those who love outdoor activities such as cycling, walking and bird watching. Trout and Salmon fishing is right on our doorstep on the beautiful River Esk (by permit).
The North Yorkshire coastline is punctuated by small coves and sandy beaches and the charming fishing villages of Staithes, Runswick Bay and Robin Hood’s Bay, are also places well worth a visit.
Some local attractions and destinations.
The North York Moors
The beautiful heather moorland of the North York Moors can be explored by foot, bike, horseback, steam train or bus and you can be sure to enjoy a completely different experience every day in the North York Moors. Visit historic sites and stately homes, enjoy the great outdoors, check out some of the great attractions and even experience a traditional agricultural show.
Attractions not to be missed include Castle Howard, the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and Rievaulx Abbey. The charming market towns of Malton, Helmsley and Pickering are only a 20 minute drive away from Egton Bridge.
Food & Drink
Broom House Bed and Breakfast is located in an area with a huge range of locally sourced, seasonal produce. We have some of the best deli’s, farm shops, butchers and local producers in Yorkshire right on our doorstep. From the national award-winning Whitby Gin, to locally roasted coffee and Whitby’s own brewery next to the Abbey, the area is a wonderful place to discover new tastes and experiences.
Great restaurants and cafes can also be found within a short distance from Egton Bridge. In Whitby, why not start with a drink in Harry’s Bar opposite the quayside, before moving across the street to sample some of the best seafood in miles, from highly rated The Marine Hotel. After your meal, you could head over the river, across the old swing-bridge for a night-cap at the traditional pub The Duke of York, which overlooks the harbour, at the foot of the famous 199 steps.
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For delicious traditional Fish & Chips, try Quayside in Whitby, right opposite the fish quay, or sample, the best traditional smoked kippers in England, from Fortune’s Kippers in Whitby’s old town.
For cakes and confectionery, Botham’s in Whitby is the oldest family-run craft bakers in the area, established in 1865 . Try their famous lemon buns and strawberry tarts in season or their famous Yorkshire Brack.
A little way up the coast from Whitby is the charming village of Sandsend where you will find the splendid Eskbek “ the Yorkshire Coast’s First Two AA Rosette Restaurant…” which has a stunning wine list. For a more informal relaxed meal with outside seating, you could try the Hart Inn overlooking the stream, with views out to sea. Or if you just fancy a coffee and homemade cake the surf shop and cafe ‘Tides’ would be our choice.
This is just a sample of what can be found within a short drive or ride from Broom House. Ask Luke and Brianne for more foodie information when you visit.
Walking & Cycling
With 1,400 miles of country paths and tracks in the North York Moors, this really is walking country; gentle strolls, day walks and long-distance hikes are all on our doorstep. There are dozens of short walks encompassing everything from town trails to wildlife spotting. If you enjoy long distance walking, The Cleveland Way National Trail, the Yorkshire Wolds Way, the Ebor Way and the Coast to Coast walk all pass close by our relaxing North York Moors B&B.
The Tour de Yorkshire has made the region famous for cycling. The North York Moors is a fantastic location for cycling of all kinds – whether you enjoy mountain biking, road riding or family cycling. Try Dalby Forest for amazing mountain biking or visit the Cycling Hub at Danby for all things two wheeled.
Whitby is a traditional maritime seaside town steeped in history and set among spectacular cliffs and bays. Here you can discover the legends of smugglers, Dracula and whaling or enjoy the sandy blue flag beach and explore the 13th century cliff top Abbey, bustling quayside, picturesque houses and twisted cobbled streets. There are 199 steps taking you down from the cliff top into the old town’s maze of narrow streets and shops selling antiques, crafts and jewellery made from locally mined jet.
Whitby was once renowned as one of the country’s most important ship building ports and it’s where explorer Captain James Cook’s ships were built. You can visit the Captain Cook Memorial Museum in Whitby and see where James Cook served his apprenticeship.
Robin Hood’s Bay
Robin Hood’s Bay is one of the most charming and popular coastal villages in the North York Moors. The pretty coloured cottages with their red till roofs are huddled around a slipway at the foot of a steep ravine. Packed with secret passages and alleyways, it is easy to imagine the days when smugglers would slip their contraband up the hill under the cover of darkness.
At low tide the characteristic rocky scars of the Peak Fault are visible just off the beach. It’s a great place for fossil hunting and the rock pools left by the tide contain a myriad of fascinating marine life. There is a good selection of shops and places to eat in amongst the houses and the village is a great place to walk a section of the Cleveland Way National Trail.
Please let us know if you have any questions!