18 August 2010
Ryedale in North Yorkshire has one of the largest range of adventurous activities in Northern England. A visit to the area can satisfy those people craving something a little different in their lives or even kick start a new hobby. Read on to discover how you can meet our challenge to try something new in 2012.
Bilsdale Riding Centre in the beautiful village of Hawnby offer visitors an opportunity to take their horses on everything from exhilarating rides to gentle strolls. www.horseholiday.co.uk.
At the Yorkshire Gliding Club you can have the ride of your life in a two-seater glider. Soar above beautiful North Yorkshire scenery in a 20 minute trial lesson and have a go at taking the controls. www.ygc.co.uk.
It is so much more than just a gentle stroll in the Forest. Orienteering in any of North Yorkshire's woodland areas is huge amounts of fun and a great way to try something new.
Join Pace Cycles and explore the wonders of Dalby Forest on a mountain bike. Work with your fellow cyclists to navigate the rough terrain and offer support when you have to push just that little bit harder to reach the top! www.facebook.com/DalbyBikeBarn
Go Ape is a thrilling network of rope bridges, trapezes and zip slides that stretch for roughly a mile through the tree canopy in Dalby Forest. Work out how to career around this impressive assault at break neck speed. www.goape.co.uk.
The Forestry Commission provides some great mountain biking terrain in Dalby, Boltby and Guisborough Forests. Strap on your helmet and sample a range of graded routes from easy, moderate, difficult and severe. www.forestry.gov.uk.
Rock Climbing. Work out how to scale some of the impressive crags in the North York Moors. For a little help visit www.climbonline.co.uk and download guides to breath-taking rock climbing sites and how to climb them.
Become a watercolorist for the day. Receive one on one lessons from Christopher Ware of Warehouse Arts is artist in residence for the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. New and established painters welcome. www.warehouseart.com.
Become a train driver for the day with the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Take the 36 mile (3 hours long) trip in a historic steam engine through some of North Yorkshire's most stunning scenery and finish with a meal and membership of the railway for one year. www.nymr.co.uk.
Ryedale, North Yorkshire has a great range of hotels, B&Bs, youth hostels, camp sites, working farm and even railway carriages for you to sleep in. Visit our Ryedale Accommodation section to find the best places for you to kick off your dirty boots and enjoy a bit of down time.