Places you MUST visit in the Yorkshire countryside

Places you MUST visit in the Yorkshire countryside

Yorkshire is called God’s Own County for a reason, it has everything you need! From stunning countryside to vibrant cities, it really does have it all. So for English Tourism, we’re celebrating all the amazing places that Yorkshire has to offer. In the first of two blogs, we’re exploring all the incredible countryside of our county.

North York Moors

Over 1400 miles of natural beauty including heather moorland (which turn purple in late summer), pine forests, rolling hills and wildlife. Picturesque and tranquil with historic abbeys, castles, priories, and traditional pubs. Fun acitivties for the whole family include walking, cycling and horse riding. Best towns in the region: Guisborough, Helmsley, Pickering, Rosedale Abbey and Stokesley.

View from Gribdale in the North York Moors National Park towards Roseberry Topping.

Yorkshire Dales

Exoplore the stunning scenery in the Yorkshire Dales National Park and Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The southern Dales are less remote, whilst the northern Dales have rugged scenery ideal for walking, and the West offers pretty villages and towns. Best towns in the region: Skipton, Pateley Bridge, Richmond, Settle, Malham, Ingleton, Wensleydale, Masham and Leyburn.

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Yorkshire Coast

 

  • Robin Hood’s Bay: the most raw of the coastlines, with towering cliffs, fishing cottages, and unusual architecture, the perfect ‘lost in time’ getaway
  • Filey: Traditional seaside resort with sandy beach, lovely promenade, and the best fish and chips in Yorkshire
  • Flamborough: Rugged white cliffs create the perfect environment for bird-watching, hiking and sea canoeing. Visit the scenic nature reserve and two ancient lighthouses in this beautiful conservation area
  • Whitby: A seaside town with a difference- cobbled lanes, ancient vampire legends and working harbour, as well as cosy taverns and lively bars
  • Bridlington: Walk along elegant promenades, sandy beaches and the historic harbour, where you’ll also find quirky seaside entertainment

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Peak District

Britain’s first National Park, home to moorlands, rolling hills and dales, scented meadows and leafy forests. Visit Chatsworth House, Renishaw Hall Gardens and Bolsover Castle. Great for an active holiday with climbing, mountain biking, hiking and horse riding. Best towns in the region: Ashbourne, Matlock Bath, Chesterfield, and Buxton.

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Yorkshire Wolds

Charming and peaceful countryside with glorious chalk hills, postcard-perfect villages and landscaped gardens. Stretches west from Flamborough to Malton then south to Humber Bridge. Walk around Sledmere House and Sewerby Hall, or walk along the Wolds Way National Trail (maybe not all 79 miles though!). Wold Edge lodge accommodation is the perfect place to stay, with local owners who share their knowledge for a hassle free stay. Best towns in the region: Howden, Hedon, Pocklington, Driffield and Beverley.

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Next week we’ll be talking about the amazing towns and cities in Yorkshire!

 

 

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Rural living in Cononley

Rural living in Cononley

Would you love to live in a picturesque village on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales? This stunning two bedroom home is ideally situated on the village of Cononley between Keighley and Skipton, giving you the best of peaceful rural life.

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The property

On entering the house, you are greeted by a large hallway, leading up to the stairs and featuring a small WC, ideal when entertaining guests. To the left, a door leads into the modern kitchen which offers plenty of cupboard space, and is complete with integrated oven/hob. The spacious lounge to the rear of the home is the perfect place for the whole family to relax, fitted with carpet and offering views out into the garden. An under the stairs cupboard provides extra storage space, and the back door opens out into the private rear garden which offers amazing countryside views.

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The property comprises of two spacious bedrooms, one double and one single, making this home ideal for couples and small families, or even a single person. Both bedrooms are fitted with carpet and boast lovely countryside views. The modern part-tiled bathroom is complete with a white three-piece suite including shower over bath. The property is fitted with carpets and vinyl flooring throughout, and the quiet street provides safe parking.

The location 

Airedale Ings is located in the beautiful village of Cononley in North West Yorkshire, situated 12 minutes from Keighley and 10 minutes from Skipton, with the Yorkshire Dales just beyond that. Enjoy the peaceful village life with local pubs, a primary school, village shop and post office all a few minutes away, whilst still being well connected by regular bus services and the Cononley train station just around the corner. If you want to venture into the city, Bradford is just a 35 minute journey away, and Leeds only 45 minutes by train.

 

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Highlights:

  • Cononley Community Primary School
  • Railway Inn and The New Inn
  • Cononley Train Station
  • River Aire and Leeds & Liverpool Canal
  • Cononley Village Shop & Post Office
  • Riverside Campsite
  • Something Arty art gallery
  • Cononley Village Insitute

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The Yorkshire Dales

Just a 20 minute drive from the property is the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park, one of the highlights of Yorkshire. The Dales provides endless days out with 840 square miles of breath-taking scenery, protected wildlife and rich heritage. Whether you prefer a relaxed stroll, a serious hike or an adventurous bike ride, there’s something for everyone to do.

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As well as the stunning nature, you can discover the many castles in Skipton, Ripley and Bolton, and explore Fountains Abbey and Bolton Abbey to get a feel of it’s medieval past. Alongside the national park is the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a breath-taking dramatic landscape.

There are also many picturesque towns and villages nestled in between the Dales’ rolling hills, including Leyburn, Masham, Settle, Malham and Ingleton, which all offer great days out and their own unique village feel.

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Top 10 things to do

  1. Malham Cove
  2. Aysgarth Falls
  3. The Ingleton Waterfalls Trail
  4. White Scar Cave, Ingleton
  5. Janet’s Foss, Malham
  6. Ribblehead Viaduct
  7. Settle Carlisle Railway
  8. Ingleborough Caves
  9. Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway

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Best holiday destinations in Yorkshire, England & Europe!

Best holiday destinations in Yorkshire, England & Europe!

Even though its nearing the end of summer, there’s still plenty of time for a holiday! September can be one of the best times as there are less tourists, children have gone back to school and prices are much lower. So whether you’re wanting to stay in Yorkshire, discover a new part of England, or find a cheap European break, we’ve found the best places to go!

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North York Moors – 1400 miles of natural beauty including heather moorland, pine forests rolling hills and wildlife, there’s plenty to discover in the picturesque and tranquil moors! Explore historic abbeys, castles, priories and traditional pubs nestled in hidden villages. Perfect for walking, cycling and horse riding. Best towns: Guisborough, Helmsley, Pickering and Rosedale Abbey.

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Yorkshire Dales – If you haven’t been to the beautiful Dales, you need to go now! The Dales National Park and Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty are full of breath-taking scenery. Southern Dales is less remote, whilst the north is rich in rugged scenery, perfect for hiking, and the West Dales are known for pretty villages and small towns. Best towns: Skipton, Pateley Bridge, Malham, Richmond, Settle and Ingleton.

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Yorkshire Coast – whether you want a traditional seaside resort, or something more peaceful or quirky, Yorkshire’s coastline has it all. Head to Robin Hood’s Bay for a ‘lost in time’ getaway, with its raw coastline, staggering cliffs and quaint fishingcottages. For a more traditional feel, Filey is the place to be, with sandy beaches, bustling promenades and the best fish and chips. Flamborough is the best for wildlife with rugged white cliffs and clear seas, perfect for bird watching, hiking and sea canoeing, along with a scenic nature reserve and two ancient lighthouses. Whitby is one of the classic Yorkshire seasides, with windswept beaches, cobbles lanes, vampire legends along with cosy taverns and lively bars. If you want something a little different, you’ll love the quirky vibe of Bridlington, with kitsch seaside entertainment, elegant promenades and a fascinating Old Town.Holiday3

Peak District – Be enchanted by the Peaks moorland, rolling hills, scented meadows and leafy forests. The perfect active holiday with climbing, walking, mountain biking and horse riding all on offer. For some culture and history, visit Chatsworth House, Renishaw Hall Gardens and Bolsover Castle. Best towns: Ashbourne, Matlock Bath, Chesterfield and Buxton.

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England

  • Bath – World Heritage Site, Georgian crescents and terraces, theatres, museums and culture, cosy B&Bs, a thriving, ever-growing restaurant scene
  • Cornwall – 300 miles of dune and cliffs, unspoilt coastline, medieval harbours, wildflowers and remote beaches, rock pools and marine life, surfing and bodyboarding
  • Brighton – Eccentric city, lovely beaches, 98 stunning parks and gardens, unique museums, boho North Laine with quirky shops and sleek restaurants
  • Norfolk – Perfect for relaxation, clear coastline, nature reserves and wildlife, market towns, magnificent castles and churches, little rainfall
  • Devon – Caves, cliffs and cream teas, good food and great outdoors, surf breaks, strolls and picnics, artisan farmers’ markets
  • Lake District – Britain’s finest scenery, incredible views, glistening lakes, towering valleys, fascinating woodlands, perfect for walkers

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Europe

  • Budapest – the top budget city break in Europe, mix of neoclassical, baroque and art nouveua architecture, rich Jewish heritage, fantastic food scene
  • Prague – bustling city with a dark past, reflected in storied churches, looming Prague Castle and statue-lined bridges, a hidden gem to visit before prices start rising
  • Lisbon – Portugal’s capital set on 7 hills, coastal city, laid-back charm, colourful old buildings, cafe culture
  • Barcelona – sea and city, culture-rich, museums, markets, breath-taking gothic churches and cathedrals, beautiful architecture, lively nightclub scene
  • Amsterdam – a network of canals, house-boats, bustling cafes, intriguing museums, cute buildings, Red Light District, leisurely bike and boat rides, renowned art galleries

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Yorkshire Pub Walks!

Yorkshire Pub Walks!

The fact that May is National Walking Month, and this beautiful weather we’ve been having, is the perfect reason to get out walking and discover the beauty of Yorkshire. And these routes all include great pub stop offs, even more reason to dust off your walking boots!

The Buck Inn (Malham) – This walk is quite strenuous, 4.5 miles/3 hours, with 400 steps up to Malham Cove to start you off. Treat yourself by taking a 15 minute detour to see the stunning Gordale Scar waterfalls, then through Janet’s Foss, a heavily wooded area. The Buck Inn is a former coach house and one of he most popular pubs in the area, famed for real ale and its bangers & mash.

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Black Swan (Ripon) – This walk is much shorter at just 90 minutes, starting and ending at the pub, which serves homemade meals and views over Burn Valley stretching 40 miles. There is also a longer alternative route- 8.5 miles through Fearby and Masham countryside, passing the infamous Druid’s Temple (pictured).

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Royal Oak Hotel (Settle) – A relaxed walked along the  River Ribble, ending with a train journey on the historic Settle-Carlisle Railway, part of the Pennine Way. The Royal Oak is the first of a number of pubs along this work to stop at,  serving Black Sheep ale and great pub grub.

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Charles Bathurst Inn (Richmond) – Showing you the beautiful scenery of Arkengarthdale (not a place from Lord of the Rings), this 4.5 miles walk also goes through Longthwaite, and brings you to this lovely pub which cooks with local ingredients to create delicious seasonal menus.

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Henry Jenkins (Nidderdale) – An easy walk through Nidderdale, an area of outstanding natural beauty, and its not hard to see why! The route also takes your through Azeney and Kirkby, with children and dogs both welcome, a great family day out with a stop off at the Henry Jenkins pub for some well deserved food.

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Stone House Inn (Harrogate) – Take a tour of the panoramic views of the Thruscross Reservoir, then a short detour to this cosy pub, with log fires, real ales, pub food and afternoon tea, all enjoyed with great views of the Washburn Valley.

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Fox House Inn (Sheffield) – Enjoy the incredible sights of the Peak District with this 3 miles walk near Longshaw Estate, taking you through the well known Hathersage Moors and then to the traditional Fox House Inn for hearty food and a well-earned pint!

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