Gods own county, in Autumn! What better time or place to see the largest county in the British Isles! Grab your sweater and car keys and let's go..
As we leave summer behind, many men bid farewell to their dreams of a road trip. Thinking you need hot summers days to enjoy a drive and see the countryside. Autumn does however have many advantages over summer. Prices in general are lower for car parks and accommodation, roads are quieter and not bustling with caravans and the countryside takes on it's rich rust colours.
Starting Point - York to South Dalton - A1079
Starting in the picturesque city of York, you can enjoy a few hours in the stalls, markets and museums before heading out of the city on the A1079 eastbound. This is a straight route and, we will say, a tad boring however it is worth it for what lies ahead!
The route will lead you to the tiny village of South Dalton, home to The Pipe and Glass. An exceptional pub and restaurant. If you've not had lunch yet on this journey....this is a must. Even if you have eaten it's worth forcing a light bite down. You can also cut through the estate gate (left of the picture) and catch sight of various breeds of local cattle.
South Dalton to Malton - B1248
Travelling North along the B1248 you'll pass through a fair bit a farming country, these are great driving roads and have few travellers on them. Malton is a lovely farming town with strong links to horse racing and training. If you didn't get in to the Pipe and Glass, pop into the Talbot Arms instead, a great local atmosphere with first rate food and service.
Malton to Whitby - A169
Leaving Malton on the A64 east, then swiftly exiting onto the A169. This is the North York Moors route to the coast, in summer this would be a slow haul due to the influx of bikers and caravans, now however it is your autumn playground.
This is a fast road until Pickering and then becomes roadster heaven all the way to the coast. Take in the vistas along the way. Sights such as The Hole of Horcum and Goathland are worth a stop.
Whitby to Staithes - A174
Taking the A174 North along the finest little coast road, you'll encounter the quaint towns/villages of Runswick Bay and Staithes. Either of these make perfect stop offs for a short walk. Both are sleepy little towns that are unspoilt by tourist traps. Fresh fish restaurants are not to be missed.