With two picturesque village greens (High Green in the centre of the village and the pretty riverside Low Green) and such close proximity to Roseberry Topping mountain, Great Ayton is a popular place for walkers and outdoor lovers alike and a perfect base for exploring the North York Moors. The summer months are particular popular, when the moors turn purple with lightly scented heather.
Navigator and explorer Captain James Cook spent his childhood in Great Ayton, attending the Postgate School which is now converted into the Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum. A Captain Cook day is held on or near the Captain's birthday in October every year, when children race model boats in the river, and you can find a monument to the great explorer standing proudly on Easby Moor.
Great Ayton has a good selection of shops on the High Street, including Suggitt's Ices and Petch's Pork Pies. Local leisure amenities include tennis courts and a bowling green, and don't forget to visit the village fete, held every year on the High Green with decorated floats parading from Low to High Green. Perfect for a warm summer day!