Yorkshire’s NC500: Explore the Jurassic coast – fantastic family adventures ideal for October holidays
Pack the kids, grab the dog and set off for an epic adventure. Yorkshire’s coastline and surrounding countryside has so much to offer and makes an ideal place for a short-break this half term
Whether you love to get off the beaten track, enjoy cosy cottages and heritage villages, if you’re a thrill-seeking adventurer, love hiking, biking, steam trains or driving through spectacular scenery – RouteYC has something to offer.
This downloadable app shows the best Yorkshire’s coastline has to offer, includes six different routes – or you could take on the ultimate, 240 miles around some of the best coast and countryside the UK has to offer. You can also follow the website and social channels for Route YC, packed and ready to spill the secrets of the best places to eat, stay and play on the Yorkshire Coast so you can get the best out of your next holiday.
But there’s no need to follow any route – it’s easy to create your own adventure. The Route YC guide can help you find your way around this accessible and compact series of towns and villages along the coast – each with their own unique style and points of interest.
And with so much to do that is absolutely free – from searching for crabs in rockpools to viewing the drinking dinosaur (a spectacular natural rock formation in Bridlington); checking the beach for fossils (this area is famously known as the dinosaur coast because of the abundance of fossilised remains) to spotting the birds at Flamborough Head or the RSPB centre at Bempton cliffs, check out the incredible lighthouses or just enjoy a fresh air walk on the beach with the dog, it’s a great way to entertain the kids without breaking the bank.
Ideal for a short break from three to seven days you will have plenty of time to explore the range of attractions to suit the very young to the young at heart.
There’s Yorkshire’s answer to Downton Abbey (Sewerby Hall); heritage railways where you can relive the glorious days of steam; Scarborough’s surf school -the longest-running in the UK); there’s the state-of-the-art North Yorkshire Water Park in Scarborough and villages of quaint red-roofed cottages and cobbled streets like Whitby, Staithes and Robin Hood’s Bay.
What is Route YC
Route YC is a membership organisation which showcases six main destinations along the Yorkshire coast – from Spurn Point to the coves of Whitby, the golden sandy beaches of Hornsea and Bridlington and everything in between, including Scarborough, Filey and Witernsea.
From driving and sailing to bikes, hikes, winter walks and wildlife-spotting, the team at Route YC is encouraging visitors to create their own outdoor adventure around the Yorkshire coast and countryside, as well as spend more time getting off the beaten track to discover what the region has to offer.
There’s information on eco-friendly tourism (many of the destinations are easily accessible by train or bus) and the area is renowned for hiking and cycling. Food is a huge part of this area – with the standards high, particularly for seafood. Whitby is famous for its crab and lobster but the coastal waters here provide a mouth-watering selection of fish and shellfish, whilst the lush countryside produces superb local meats, cheeses and of course wonderful Yorkshire baking!
Route YC works with hundreds of leisure and hospitality business members, local community groups and industry partners, to help you find just the right accommodation and activities for you and your family.
Kerry Carruthers, CEO for Route YC, said: “There’s so much for visitors to see and do around Route YC during the autumn and winter months, so we’re already gearing up to showcase the best accommodation, visitor attractions outdoor activities and events on offer from October to March.”
Tom Campbell, the founder and creator of the world-famous North Coast 500, helped develop the route. Tom said: “Route YC is establishing itself as one of the UK’s leading touring routes. It’s a great way to explore the region throughout the year, where you get to create your own amazing adventure by bike, motorbike, car, motorhome and by exploring the many paths on foot. “
For more information about Route YC and its new autumn and winter campaign for the Yorkshire Coast, head over to www.routeyc.co.uk