Atmospheric Rievaulx Abbey, farmsteads where time seems to stand still: the North York Moors offer fantastic and varied riding through woods, hills, and rivers.
Stay at a versatile self-catering cottage in a stone-built hamlet not far from Helmsley: perfect either for 2 people or a larger party.
From here, there are rides in several directions, for instance to Rievaulx Abbey, ruined during the dissolution of the monasteries under Henry VIII but still a commanding presence in its setting of wooded hills.
Other circuits take you to the ancient Hambleton Drove Road, which now forms part of the long-distance Cleveland Way, and to the hillside village of Hawnby, with its excellent tea-room and pub.
Many of your rides follow or cross the River Rye and its tributaries.
There are several options for eating out within a few miles.
From £255 per person (self-catering) for 3 days in spring/autumn, £415 in summer.