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Yorkshire

God’s Own Country or so locals call it! Rolling dales, wild moorland, quaint cobbled streets, Victorian industrial splendour & heritage coast.

Yorkshire truly is a land of contrasts. From the rugged coastline in the east to the rolling hills in the west, stunning scenery is all around you. The National Parks of the Dales and Moors and the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty all provide mile upon mile of scenic drives, picturesque villages complete with duck ponds, tremendous country pubs and countless possibilities for walking. The splendour of the Victorian Industrial revolution transformed the landscape of West Yorkshire particularly and there are countless fascinating relics of a bygone era, nestling in the beautiful countryside from which the raw materials came. For city culture you cannot beat York with its awe-inspiring Minster, medieval walls and narrow streets. Yorkshire has dozens of delightful market towns that combine character with fine food and shopping.

Yorkshire Top Tips

Saltaire Heritage Village, a Unesco World Heritage site, is an enchanting and purpose-built "model" Victorian industrial village, still lived in today

Explore the moors above Haworth where the Brontë sisters took inspiration for their famous literary works

Hunt for fossils in one of the many hidden coves along Yorkshire’s heritage coast

Take a trip on the famous Settle to Carlisle railway, crossing the impressive Ribblehead viaduct and with panoramic views of the rolling countryside

Go on a treasure hunt in the antiques capital of Leyburn, you may find a bargain!

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Things To See & Do

The Heritage Coast of Yorkshire is 36 miles long from Saltburn to Scarborough and hides a plethora of tiny fishing villages oozing history and charm, ancient industry, wildlife and fossils.

A stroll around Whitby should not be missed. The abbey is world famous for being the inspiration behind Bram Stoker’s Dracula and the town is yet another to lay claim to having the UK’s best fish ‘n’ chips.

Lose yourself in the North Yorkshire Moors, the driest upland area in the UK. There are over 1400 miles of paths but much of the land is open access so you can truly immerse yourself in the countryside. Take a trip on the Esk Valley Railway linking the ancient iron stone mining villages of Glaisdale and Grosmont.

Take a scenic Dales road trip through Wensleydale, over Buttertubs Pass, climbing 1700 feet, down into Swaledale then take the Roman Cam High Road and Pennine Way down into Horton in Ribblesdale.

Cheese, Gromit? Visit the Wensleydale Creamery, the only place in the world to make handcrafted authentic Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese.

Discover how the Victorians transformed the landscape for industrial use with a visit to Hebden Bridge, a fascinating town where the road, rails and canal squeeze through the Calder Valley.


Travelling To & Around

Yorkshire is well served by road and rail. The major motorway network links the south of England to the M62 and A1 and from there the main A roads will lead you directly into areas of interest.

By rail, a good starting point is York city which is on the east coast mainline, less than 2 hours from both London and Edinburgh. From York you can take the cross Pennine route to Settle and north to Carlisle. There are local bus services in the Dales and on the Moors but to fully appreciate the dramatic landscapes, it is best to explore by car

North, South, East and West: the four corners of Yorkshire offer a world of adventure.

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