If dancing with wild abandon among brooding valleys decorated with heather appeals, make a beeline for the North York Moors - three quarters of the world's heather moorland is found in the UK, and most of it is here. Hike trails that criss-cross ridge tops, archaeological sites and age-old ruins. Sutton Bank and Rievaulx Abbey are our favourite spots. Refuel on the fringes of the national park in Yorkshire's "food capital" of Malton before heading east to Robin Hood's Bay and Whitby - you'll have to climb 199 steps to reach its famous abbey, but North Sea vistas are worth the burning legs. Do save a bit of energy for the evening; low light pollution makes for otherworldly stargazing.
Stay: The Talbot