Harwood Dale is a pretty village in the Scarborough district of North Yorkshire. With a population of less than 200, it is a peaceful base from which to discover the North York Moors and Yorkshire coast. The village itself is little more than a handful of historic homes and farm buildings. On the banks of the gentle beck which meanders past Harwood Dale holiday cottages is an arts and crafts shop selling locally produced gifts. On the western edge of the village, the Mill Inn is a remarkably picturesque pub, where local ales can be enjoyed with beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. 

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There are several interesting landmarks to look out for on self-catering holidays in Harwood Dale, including the ruins of the Chapel of St Margaret, built in memory of Lady Hoby of Hackness. Several rough footpaths crisscross the countryside around Harwood Dale, providing tranquillity and superb views across the moors. 

A particularly scenic route begins at the church and passes through the forest above the village and the Mill Inn, before looping back to the starting point. On the doorstep of your Harwood Dale holiday cottage, Harwood Dale Forest is an enchanting stretch of pines and spruce, and a haven for wildlife including badgers, roe deer, dragonflies and nightjar. 

Harwood Dale lies within the North York Moors National Park, which covers 554 square miles of rugged countryside. The park’s heather moorland is home to more than 1,000 miles of footpaths and bridleways. Popular walks include the Cleveland Way, which runs between Helmsley and the Filey, passing through some of the park’s most spectacular scenery along the way. 

A short drive eastward from Harwood Dale, the North Yorkshire coast is home to ancient fishing villages, secluded beaches and the classic seaside resort of Scarborough.