Yorkshire Hygge in the North York Moors

A photography project by Ceri Oakes for the North York Moors National Park

You may have come across the Danish word Hygge recently. That feeling of being content, snug, cosy. It can be created by lighting a candle or making a hot toddy, but also by spending time with friends, or coming indoors after a walk on a windy beach.

I was contacted in early October by the North York Moors National Park Authority who wanted to show the world how to do Hygge the Yorkshire way. Here on the Yorkshire coast we can often see a decline in visitors to the area as the temperatures start to drop. The idea was to create a set of images that celebrate what the North York Moors National Park can offer in these chilly months. Storm watching from a pub, sitting by a roaring fire, sharing a coffee with friends after a walk. Many more suggestions are listed on www.northyorkmoors.org.uk.

It was rather lovely creating these images. Sourcing some local products and setting the scene of being within the North York Moors without particularly leaning towards a particular business or location, after all they are in abundance from Cloughton, to Robin Hood’s Bay to Whitby and Saltburn.

You might see some of the images below popping up on social media over the next few months. But here’s a few of my favourites, so sit back, pour yourself a hot chocolate, pull out a fluffy blanket and enjoy a little dose of Yorkshire Hygge: