October half-term staycation bookings to the North York Moors are up almost 20 per cent on last year, according to figures released today by Sykes Holiday Cottages.

The independent holiday rental agency’s data shows that the region has experienced one of the biggest growths in October half-term bookings across the UK.

The North York Moors have proved particularly popular over half-term for holidaymakers from elsewhere in Yorkshire as well as the North West, with these regions accounting for 33 per cent and 15 per cent of bookings respectively.

It’s not just two-legged travellers coming to the North York Moors either, as nearly four in ten (37 per cent) guests will be bringing their dogs along for a break too.

This follows Sykes’ research last month which revealed that 45 per cent of those in Yorkshire and the Humber admit they’re less likely to holiday in Europe after the March Brexit deadline than they were a year ago.

Rising prices, emergency healthcare and mobile phone roaming charges top travellers’ concerns.

Chief executive of Sykes Holiday Cottages, Graham Donoghue said: “It’s no surprise to us that Britons are increasingly opting for breaks to the North York Moors – with beautiful moorlands, forests and coastlines to explore.

“We’re expecting this boost in bookings to continue into next year, as more people are choosing to holiday close to home to discover the best that the UK has to offer.

“This is a brilliant opportunity for those in the area with a second home or money to invest, and I’d just encourage anyone thinking about holiday letting to get in touch.”