Local Attractions

What to see and do around Whitby and North Yorkshire

While you’re camping here at Alum House you are overwhelmingly spoilt with a choice of local places steeped in beauty and history. The surrounding area is filled with potential for relaxing, fine dining, adventure, exploration, education, exercising, locally produced food and drink and amazingly tasty take away food.

Below, we’ve included a few recommendations but this list is by no means exhaustive – just a place to start – to whet your appetite and give you some ideas of a few things you might do when you come and stay. Click on the headings to find out more…


There are far, far, too many wonderful walks nearby to list here. However, here are a couple of links to some lovely ones – there are many more on the same website:

North York Moors Walk – Sneaton Thorpe & Littlebeck from May Beck

North York Moors Walk – Robin Hood’s Bay from Ravenscar

Interesting Nearby Towns & Villages

A costal town steeped in history. Meander through the cobbled streets and yards, a bustling area of interesting individual shops, galleries and cafes. Venture out to sea on a boat or search for jet and fossils on the beach and then sample a superb variety of restaurants, tea rooms and take-aways. There’s always somewhere to enjoy the many delights on offer, including, of course, Whitby’s famous fish and chips.

Robin Hoods Bay
A picturesque old fishing village on the Heritage Coast of the North York Moors. It is a fantastic place for adults and children alike with a beautiful family (and dog!) friendly sandy beach, as well as rock pools to explore and ancient fossils to discover. Wandering through its narrow, twisting cobbled streets and alleyways, you can easily imagine the sailors and fishermen, smugglers and press gangs that walked these streets hundreds of years ago. Today it is a vibrant village, with a wide range of cafes, pubs, restaurants, small shops and places to explore. as well as many stunning coastal and country walks, cycle-paths and bridleways right on the doorstep.

The North Yorkshire Moors

The North Yorkshire Moors offer stunning walks, coastal locations and many, MANY, more things to enjoy and explore. It’s worth taking the time to do a little research before you come, or while you’re here.

Ruswarp Pleasure Boats

They say there’s nothing better than messing about on the water. At Ruswarp Pleasure Boats you can do just that!

Ruswarp is a beautiful little village, great for a stroll, and why not stop for a coffee at Ruswarp Riveside Cafe or visit the great Miniature Railway!

Places to Eat

Eskdale Fisheries – Recommended for Fish & Chips

The Plough, range of traditional foods – www.ploughsleights.co.uk

The Bridge Inn, Ruswap, range of traditional foods – www.bridgeinnruswarp.com

Radford’s Butchers & Fine Delicatessen – www.radfordsbutcher.co.uk

Botham’s (of Whitby) Bakery – www.botham.co.uk

Falling Foss

Just a 5 minute drive from us from your base here at Alum House is the magical woodland dell, Falling Foss. On the route of the Coast to Coast walk, the name comes from a little known but absolutely spectacular waterfall which crashes 20 meters to its plunge pool in an otherwise tranquil woodland filled with bridges, streams and trees. It’s a bit of a mecca for funghi foraging (if you know what you’re doing) and the perfect place for children to play on rope swings, play pooh sticks, paddle, dam streams, explore and build dens.

Nestled right next to the falls is Falling Foss Tea Gardens – the perfect place to relax and take a short break from adventuring while eating and drinking their homemade hot and cold delicacies. Check out their website here: Falling Foss Tea Gardens.

Hiding along one of the many beautiful paths is The Hermitage. A small hand made dwelling carved out of the centre of a solid block of natural rock.

North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway

An absolutely stunning vintage railway with restored and meticulously maintained steam trains and carriages, running all the way from the quaint little village of Grosmont, through a number of ‘living museum’ stations to the town of Pickering – right across the heart of the North Yorkshire moors.

Goathland Railway Station, the first stop out of Grosmont on the way to Pickering, was where the first Harry Potter was filmed (Hogsmeade Station), and where the much loved BBC TV series Heartbeat was filmed.

Find out more at the NYMR website: nymr.co.uk