Our guide to holidays in Yorkshire
Yorkshire really does have it all – its national parks cover nearly one fifth of its land area, it has more than 800 fascinating family attractions and dozens of quirky towns and villages, each with their own story to tell. Dubbed “the foodie capital of Britain” by the editor of The Good Food Guide, the county has even been blessed in the fine dining department, and our properties are perfect for walkers, families and those who just want to enjoy its beauty. The landscape is dotted with intriguing ruins and historic sites, and the rugged terrain means there’s plenty of opportunity for adventurers to try something daring.
Home to the Yorkshire Dales, the North York Moors and a section of the Peak District, England’s largest county is also one of its greenest. Better still, it's home to two designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the form of the Howardian Hills and Nidderdale, and that means some seriously picturesque areas to walk your dog during a Yorkshire holiday.
Days out in Yorkshire
The thing about holidays in Yorkshire is that, no matter what floats your boat, there’s a day out in the region with your name on it. Over in beautiful York the Jorvik Viking Centre brings the period of the Vikings to the present day, and the Rickard III experience tells the fascinating tale of the discovery of one of England’s most legendary kings and how he came to be reburied after creating a media frenzy. The centre sits at the heart of the annual Jorvik Viking Festival too, and the event sees a whole host of Viking-themed events take place throughout the streets of York.
Back to the present day, and the North Yorkshire Moors Railway is one of the best ways to experience the landscape that’s made the county famous. Hop aboard one of the steam trains and watch the scenery of the Dales roll slowly past you…you might even find inspiration to get walking and discover them on foot during your stay.
This is one of our absolute favourites – The Forbidden Corner. Where else in Yorkshire can you stumble across trees that speak, work your way through labyrinths and just spend a day in the land of imagination? Trust us, this is an adventure park with a difference.
Things to do in Yorkshire
There’s one obvious way to enjoy the spectacular beauty of the Yorkshire landscape, and that’s with a good old fashioned yomp. So where to start? Let’s start with the noisiest place in Yorkshire for some fresh air and a stroll, and that’s Bempton Cliffs near Flamborough Head. This RSPB nature reserve is found on a set of dramatic, white chalk cliffs, and they become home to thousands and thousands of sea birds every spring.
Even before you spot them, you’ll hear the deafening calls of puffins, kittiwakes and guillemots as they nest in the cliffs, and there are viewpoints if you want to sit awhile and watch them go about their business.
This one’s for those of you who loved The Railway Children, as The Railway Children walk takes fans of the film to the locations that were made famous as its setting. The walk takes fans through the countryside that surrounds Oxenhope and Haworth, and it starts at Haworth Visitor Centre which appeared in the film as the local butcher’s. The whole walks just over two miles long, and it includes the Oakworth train station, the tunnel, and even the little white house that was home to Mr Perks.
Sticking with the film theme, it was at Malham Cove just a short drive from Settle where Harry and Hermione pitched their tent in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. You can reach the top of the cliff and its limestone slabs via a flight of steps, and the views are well worth the effort.
The best restaurants in Yorkshire
With more Michelin stars under its belt than any other county, Yorkshire’s as popular with foodies as it is with walkers. The Box Tree in Ikley has proudly held a Michelin Star for over a decade, and its French classical; menu goes perfectly with its huge selection of wines. And the nice thing about Yorkshire holidays is that there are just as many places to dine for those days when you’re happy with pub grub and a warm atmosphere as there are…posher choices.
Over in Whitby, The Magpie Café comes recommended by The Good Food Guide, and they say it serves up the yummiest fish and chips on the whole of the Yorkshire coast. Another favourite is Drop Farm Tea Rooms, a sleepy tea room in the countryside near Oxenhope with a reputation for serving up fantastic food in a wonderfully nostalgic setting. The Talbot Arms is a firm favourite with walkers, and you’ll find it close to Settle off the beaten track. It’s a good one for families too, thanks to a beer garden that’s perfect for some time out while you tuck into good food.
Dog friendly Yorkshire
They’re a friendly bunch in Yorkshire, and that warm welcome is often extended to our four legged friends as well as us two legged folk. If you pick a dog friendly Yorkshire property, you’ll find a whole selection of days out that welcome your pooch too. The North Yorkshire Moors Railway welcomes dogs on all trains except for dining ones, so if you were planning on hopping aboard for a walk somewhere different then you’ll be able to take your dog along too.
Whitby Abbey’s got to be one of the most dramatic spots for a walk in the UK, and if your dog’s up to the climb up to the landmark that inspired Dracula then you’ll be treated to a walk you’ll never forget. Speaking of walks, part of Yorkshire’s charm is the many friendly pubs you’ll find throughout the county, and if you pop your head around the door as you stumble upon one for a pint and something to eat while you’re walking, the chances are they’ll welcome you and your pet.