Great Ayton is an ancient village nestled along the banks of the sleepy River Leven and between two green spaces, the High Green and Low Green and located on the boundary of the North Yorkshire Moors and situated at the foot of the Cleveland Hills. Most famously known for being the boyhood home of Captain James Cook during the 18th century, the village has become popular and picturesque tourist destination. Great Ayton provides a wonderful base to explore Herriot County. Visitors flock from all around the world to the local area, excited to explore anywhere from the Yorkshire coast to the Yorkshire Dales.
Many wonderful adventures await and magical memories are to be made whilst exploring the beautiful, natural and unspoiled landscapes of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, Cleveland Way National Trail, Gisborough Moor, Captain Cook’s Monument and the world famous and mystifying Roseberry Topping, formed from sandstone and dates back to the Middle and Lower Jurassic periods between 208 and 165 million years ago.