Yorkshire. God’s Own Country, some might call it. It’s a blummin’ wonderful place with so much variety that even I, a Yorkshire girl born and bred, haven’t scratched the surface of this wonderful part of the UK. Yes, I’m guilty of jetting off to far off lands when I have this gorgeous place right on my doorstep. So, if you’re planning on visiting soon – and you really should! -, here are a few things you should add on to your Yorkshire bucket list…
Malham Cove is a magnificent sight, one that never fails to impress whether you’re seeing it for the first time or the 31st time. Venture to the village of Malham and take the short walk to Malham Cove. This walk can be extended to walk up and around Malham Cove via Gordale Scar and Janet’s Foss, so grab your walking boots for a true Yorkshire adventure.
Betty’s is a real Yorkshire institution. With tearooms in York, Ilkley, Northallerton, Harlow Carr and Harrogate, there’s plenty of opportunity to try an afternoon tea on your visit to Yorkshire. Enjoy a Swiss Chocolate Torte or a Lemon Meringue Éclair with a Betty’s Tea Room Blend or if you want something more savoury, opt for the Traditional Afternoon Tea selection. If you don’t have time to stop for cake, pop by the shop and get a Fat Rascal to enjoy at home. They’re perfect warmed up with a bit of butter.
There’s no better way to experience the medieval spirit of York than by walking along the walls that surround the city. Start at any one of the gates – Bootham Gate is ideal if you’re in the city centre – and make your way around the perimeter of the city. You’ll see views of York’s quaint rooftops and the grand York Minster along the way.
Leeds is a real scene for foodies and you could easily spend a whole day mooching around the cafes, bars, and restaurants sampling all the food in the city. It’s a real indie scene so you’ll find food here you’ve never seen anywhere else before. Try out Ox Club, Laynes Espresso, Arts Café or any of the other cool places in Leeds to eat…
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Whitby is a cool little place. With a gorgeous long beach and cobbled streets that surround the harbour, it’s not your usual coastal town. There’s also the imposing Whitby Abbey that looks over the town and can be reached by climbing the 199 steps up the hillside. It can be a tiring walk but stop to take in the views along the way and it won’t feel like too much of a chore.
The Yorkshire Sculpture Park has a special place in my heart and I know it will steal a bit of yours when you visit. With sculptures by the likes of Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore placed around stunning grounds in the Yorkshire countryside. Even if you’re not that into art, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park is a beautiful place to walk around and they do a pretty good flapjack too from the café…
Holmfirth is the home cute cafes and bars, typical Yorkshire houses and pubs, and is surrounded by wild moors that are just begging to be explored. This place is also home to Last Of The Summer Wine – you can even do a tour if you’re a fan of the show. And after, stop off at Hollowgate Fisheries for some delicious fish and chips at lunch.
Whether you’re a kid or a big kid, Brimham Rocks is so much fun. This weird collection of huge rocks in North Yorkshire are lovely to look at and explore, but they’re even cooler when you climb and clamber over them. Just take your walking boots as it can get a bit muddy in places.
Speaking of walking boots, put yours on and go for a good walk in the North York Moors. There are plenty of walks to choose from over on the North York Moors website but one of my favourites is The Cinder Track. It’s part of the Moor to Sea which has a wonderful variety of woodland and coastal sections along the 11mile trail.
One of the most magnificent pieces of Victorian engineering, the Ribblehead viaduct is situated on the North Yorkshire – Cumbria border and is certainly a sight you need to see to believe. It’s in the middle of the Three Peaks so you could tick of two of your Yorkshire bucket list in one here. The viaduct is 400m long and features 24 arches that make their way across Batty Moss.
Have you got a spare 12 hours in the summer? Then head out to do the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. If you’re going to do one thing on your Yorkshire bucket list, this should be it. Take on the heights of Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. It’s a 24 mile walk so you’ve got to keep on the pace but it’s possible so why not give it a go? If the days are a bit shorter, try out climbing one of the Yorkshire Three Peaks and initiate yourself fully into Yorkshire life.
Brave the cold North Sea and go surfing at Cayton Bay. One of the top spots to go surfing on the east coast, this place has everything you need to catch the swell – even if you’re a beginner. There’s a surf shop at the top of the bay where you can rent boards, wetsuits, and even get lessons if you need them.
The Cow and Calf in Ilkley – aka, Hangingstone Rocks – captures the stunning view of Ilkley Moor. They’re called the Cow and Calf because one big rock sits behind a smaller one. They also provide a great place for climbers to challenge themselves in the Yorkshire countryside.
Let me know if you’re coming to Yorkshire soon and plan on trying any of these out! If you’re from Yorkshire, let me know what else should be on the Great Yorkshire Bucket List. I’ll get it added on!