From Cities to Dales, Here are Yorkshire's 6 Best Spots
Sometimes we spend so much time trying to explore exotic places, we miss the beauty that waits in our own backyard!
From the bustling cities to the luscious Dales, here are my 6 best spots in Yorkshire!
James' hometown and decidedly more pleasant than mine! Harrogate is an adorable spa town with Victorian architecture, beautiful parks and its most famous landmark, Bettys Tea Rooms. Mention Harrogate to anyone and "Bettys" is the first thing that'll gush from their lips. I love the exquisite Turkish Baths, strolling through the Valley Gardens (ice cream in hand) and the openness of the Stray. It's charming and quaint with just enough to while away a weekend. For a small town, it also has some pretty great coffee shops!
2. Malham Cove
Recently ranking #3 in Britain's list of 100 best walks! The route from Malham village to Janet's Foss waterfall, Gordale Scar, Malham Tarn and Malham Cove is breathtaking. The landscape is dramatic and as unnatural looking as the natural world gets! You'll quickly see why this part of Yorkshire has featured in Hollywood movies. The endless views over the dales, the stunning limestone pavement and the way Gordale Scar suddenly reveals itself around a corner - it's world-class.
York is home to cobbled streets, another Bettys(!), historic sites such as Clifford's Tower and the 13th century gothic minster. It's got all the makings of a fabulous weekend break! A cruise down the River Ouse offers a fantastic viewpoint to take in the historic buildings and city walls. A walk through the Shambles will get you up close and personal with one of Britain's best maintained medieval streets (with more delicious coffee tucked away). But the highlight is the Minster. Take the time to explore the remarkable building and join a guided tour, free with admission!
4. Whitby to Robin Hood's Bay
From the gorgeous seaside town of Whitby to the even more adorable fishing village of Robin Hood's Bay, this walk is a winner from start to finish. After you've climbed the 199 steps up to Whitby's famous brooding abbey, you can begin the gorgeous 6.8 mile coastal walk along the Cleveland Way trail. On a sunny day, this coastal walk is just as beautiful as those pictured around the world. With cliff edges, roving fields and the promise of ice cream/fish and chips at the end, it's worth working up an appetite! Regular bus routes run between Whitby and Robin Hood's Bay if you haven't quite got the enthusiasm for the walk back.
Leeds city centre is pretty cool. From the stunning architecture of the Victorian arcades, the beautiful domed Corn Exchange, Kirkgate Market to the modern and slick Trinity centre. The food court in the Trinity centre offers street food from around the world while amazing restaurants and coffee shops lurk down the side streets. There's art galleries, museums, the home of Marks & Spencers (a British institution!). For me, Leeds is underrated.
6. Yorkshire Dales
Walking in the Yorkshire Dales is good for the soul. With scenic walks on offer from quaint village to village, stepping into the likes of Grassington is like walking into a Christmas postcard. Yorkshire is also teeming with protected spots like Bolton Abbey, Fountains Abbey, Brimham Rocks. Walks in the dales are picturesque whatever the weather and undoubtedly offer some of the best spots in Yorkshire.
Yorkshire's a knock-out! With natural beauty in abundance, historical architecture to be admired county-wide and cool vibrant cities to explore. Here are my 6 best spots to visit but this list isn't exhaustive. As a southernmost southerner there's still plenty more for me to see in the north of this country.