Yorkshire

Yorkshire, the largest county in the England, contains some of the best hiking in the country. From the rolling hills of the Yorkshire Dales, to the wild North Yorkshire Moors, there’s something for everyone. A handy trainline through the Yorkshire Dales makes getting into the countryside particularly easy, with direct trains from Leeds and Penrith.

Apart from hiking, Yorkshire is filled with culture. The historic city of York, and the bustling city of Leeds provide some of the most delightful shopping in the country.

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Yorkshire is a historic English county, named after the city of York.

York Minster
York Minster

Yorkshire is a historic English county, named after the city of York. York is a fantastic city to explore, and York Minster is one of the finest cathedrals in the land. Ruins from throughout York’s long history – Roman, Viking and Norman can be explored. York also has the Yorkshire Museum where you can learn more about the county, past and present.

The city walls encircle the city, and walking along them makes for a lovely 2.5 km stroll. From them you can look out over the rest of the old city. For buying souvenirs and finding quaint cafes, The Shambles is a fantastic narrow street surrounded by Medieval buildings.

Leeds, Yorkshire’s largest city, is a paradise for shoppers, and has great transport connections. The Royal Armouries Museum is based here, a free museum with interactive reenactments of famous battles. In good weather, jousting and falconry displays can be enjoyed outside.

Skipton, a market town and gateway to the Yorkshire Dales, contains a well-preserved 12th century castle. The remains of Bolton Abbey, destroyed by Henry VIII, can be found nearby.

Skipton Castle
Skipton Castle

Ilkley is another delightful Yorkshire town. Ilkley Moor is famous for its hikes, rock carvings, excellent climbing, song and UFOs.

Haworth boasts a top place among literary places. The home of the Brontë sisters is a quaint village perched on the edge of the same wild moors that Heathcliff roamed.

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Yorkshire Dales National Park

The home of James Herriot, and Swaledale sheep (my favourite sheep type). The Yorkshire Dales are known for its mix of rolling hills, dry-stone walls and charming old-fashioned villages set in picturesque valleys.

The Yorkshire Dales
The Yorkshire Dales

North York Moors National Park

Another beautiful uplands region of God’s own country. It contains the largest expanse of heather in the UK. This region stretches to the coast, where Whitby and Scarborough are are among the best seaside resorts in the UK.

Heather
Heather