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We love the change of seasons here at Abbots Green, especially the burst of purple flowers as the heather blooms across the moorland with the approach of autumn in Yorkshire.

It may be cooler, but autumn is a perfect time for wrapping up and exploring Yorkshire. There are woodland walks to be enjoyed, historical sites to explore and plenty of cosy pubs with log burning fires serving great Yorkshire food. So, pull on that woolly jumper and get ready to immerse yourself in the vibrant auburn colours in this beautiful part of the world.

Here are just a few suggestions of the many things to do in Autumn in Yorkshire over the coming weeks.

Autumnal walks

What better way is there to soak up the Autumn colours than walking? And here at Abbots Green we have some of the most spectacular walks in the North York Moors right on our doorstep. Walk along the escarpment edge at Sutton Bank to enjoy some of the finest views in the country. And make sure you see the famous turf cut hillside landmark, the Kilburn White Horse. This walk is one of our favourites.

At this time of year  woodland walks are not to missed and we especially like Garbutt Wood. From the Sutton Bank National Park Centre, you can follow the Cleveland Way to explore this ancient woodland. The magnificent trees are exploding with colour and the whole area is teaming with wild life and nature. Keep an eye out on the woodland floor too for fungi in all shapes and sizes as you kick through the falling leaves.

Autumnal visits

The beautiful skies of Yorkshire are bathed in a hazy light in the autumn and against this backdrop our historical settings look breath taking. Enjoy a walk among the ruins towards the water garden at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal and see for yourself the show of colour.

Rievaulx Abbey and Terrace is also a superb place to visit in the Autumn. We love the circular walk that starts in the picturesque market town of Helmsley to the ancient abbey ruins.

For a seasonal celebration, Nunnington Hall hosts an Autumn festival to mark this most ‘bountiful time’. Autumnal crafts for children, apple bobbing and garden trails are just a few of the events taking place from Thursday 18th to Sunday 21st October.

Autumnal coast

The East Yorkshire coast is famous for its seabirds and now for whale watching too! Late August through to early November is the perfect time to spot whales move south along the east coast of Yorkshire. Whale watching cruises run from Whitby or Staithes.

And if you feel like blowing the cobwebs away, a crisp autumn walk along the beach is just the answer. So, dig out those boots and why not try one of the ghost and Dracula-inspired walks around Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay?

Autumnal treats

Yorkshire food is all about locally sourced ingredients and produce so what could be better after a day out on the moors than enjoying a lovely heart-warming meal? Read our previous blog on the best places for Sunday lunch in Yorkshire. Or why not sample the fresh food and drink at the fabulous local farmers’ markets. The stalls are sure to be brimming with goods including game coming off the moors: plums, apples and pears for delicious puddings; pumpkins and parsnips to make fabulous soups.

The Old Barn Coffee Shop on our site will also be serving up delicious autumnal dishes so call in for lunch, home-made cakes or afternoon tea.

Remember, we are open 7 days a week until the end of October, then we revert to the Winter schedule of Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10.00am to 4.30pm.

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