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Wander the cobbles of Guisborough

Perched above the North York Moors, Guisborough is a town in north-east England that offers great access to coast and countryside. Wander the cobbled streets, admiring the ancient splendour of Guisborough Priory, and don't miss the two popular weekly markets on Thursdays and Saturdays. Guisborough Forest has lots to keep everyone entertained with an orienteering course, trim trail, sculpture trail and play areas. Stretch your legs even more at the Nearby Roseberry Topping, the area's best-known hill, and if you're here in spring look out for the bluebells in Nearby Newton Woods.

Head to the east coast

In under 15 minutes' drive you can be at the north-east's wonderful coastline. Saltburn is a sand and shingle beach with good surf and Redcar is a popular resort too. The sands at Marske are a quieter spot, or travel a bit further up the coast to reach the award-winning Seaton Carew beach. Head south to North Yorkshire's fine east coast, stopping off at pretty Staithes, lovely Runswick Bay or the dramatic cliffs at Whitby - whose abbey inspired Bram Stoker's Dracula.

A walk on the North York Moors

The whole of the North York Moors are on the doorstep. Rievaulx Abbey is a beautiful atmospheric place or head to Sutton Bank National Park Centre where you can hire a bike and admire the view described by vet and author James Herriot as the finest in England. Looking for a cheap hotel Near Guisborough? Travelodge Middlesbrough Hotel's your closest bet or try Travelodge Hartlepool Marina Hotel.