Explore at The King’s Head Inn

The King’s Head Inn is the perfect base for exploring the attractions of Captain Cook Country, the North York Moors National Park and the renowned Cleveland Way. Seaside gems including Staithes, Whitby, Robin Hood’s Bay and Scarborough are also just a short drive away.

Eat, Drink, Sleep and Explore

Roseberry Topping

At just 1,049 feet (320m), Roseberry Topping may not be the biggest hill you’ll ever see, but it is certainly one of the most distinctive. Its shape, caused by the combination of a geological fault and a mining collapse in 1912 has made the hill the most beloved landmark in the area. With its half-cone summit and jagged cliff, some say it reminds them of the Matterhorn in Switzerland.

While many visitors come to conquer the hill, there’s plenty more to do besides with a fantastic array of habitats to discover. Explore bluebell woods, heather moorland, the open expanses of Roseberry Common and a long abandoned quarry.

The Cleveland Way

The Cleveland Way follows a horseshoe line of great variety around much of the beautiful North York Moors National Park. Starting from the attractive market town of Helmsley it heads across the inspirational, and sometimes vibrant, heather moorland of the North York Moors, before reaching the coast at Saltburn.

From here it’s a visual feast along the dramatic North Yorkshire coastline to Filey, passing old fishing villages and lively coastal towns. Along the way there is a wealth of history and heritage to enjoy. Helmsley Castle, Rievaulx Abbey, Mount Grace Priory, Gisborough Priory, Whitby Abbey and Scarborough Castle to name just a few special sites.

Guisborough Priory

Guisborough Priory is a ruined Augustinian priory in nearby town of Guisborough in the borough of Redcar and Cleveland. The ruins of this priory in the Tees valley are dominated by the dramatic skeleton of the 14th century church’s east end.

One of the first Augustinian priories to be built in England, Guisborough was founded by the Bruce family, ancestors of Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland. The canons rebuilt their church no fewer than three times, and what survives gives us a tantalising glimpse of the priory’s former riches.

Open 10am–4pm, Wednesday to Sunday, from April until October.

Guisborough Forest & Walkway

A gateway to the North York Moors, Guisborough Forest and Walkway is situated at the northern edge of the National Park. It’s a mosaic of thriving habitats, with woodlands, wetlands and grassland, and is home to many different plants and animals.

The King’s Head Inn provides the perfect accommodation to enjoy the orienteering course, trimtrail, sculpture trail, circular waymarked walks, bike trails and children’s play areas. If you climb the heights of Highcliff Nab or Hanging Stone on a fine day you will be rewarded by fantastic views over Teeside and the coast.

North York Moors National Park

The King’s Head Inn is located on the edge of the North York Moors – a national park in North Yorkshire, containing one of the largest expanses of heather moorland in the United Kingdom.

The North York Moors is a pretty special place. History and nature have combined to create an amazingly vibrant landscape, rich in heritage and wildlife – from the wonder of ancient trees to the wild birds of prey.

Around 70 percent of the world’s heather moorland is in the UK and the largest continuous expanse of moorland in England and Wales is here in the North York Moors. Unenclosed and unsurpassed, this stunning landscape responds sensitively to the changing seasons and has a quiet drama all of its own.

Esk Valley Railway

From the heart of Middlesbrough to the historic seaside town of Whitby, passing through the North York Moors National Park and serving sixteen stations along the route, including Great Ayton just one mile from The King’s Head Inn.

The railway also offers an enjoyable, environmentally-friendly and stress-free way to view and explore this magnificent landscape.

“Leaving Teesside, the train chugs out across the North York Moors… along the leafy valley through Danby, Egton and Lealholm – surely the prettiest village in Yorkshire – to Whitby’s bracing sea air, fine Georgiana and looming Gothic church… it will make you sigh.”  The Sunday Times

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