A lavish trip to some exotic, far-off land may be what we all dream about when we head to bed at night, but it is possible to find holiday bliss a little closer to home.
As the Tour de France perfectly showcased when it swept through our Yorkshire in 2014, it is a county blessed with some spectacular locations and stunning scenery.
From it is a county brimming with attractions and great places to visit. So if you want to get away to recharge your batteries and are stuck for inspiration, here are my five favourite Yorkshire escapes.
This charming walled city is undoubtedly one of the most attractive cities in the UK. Rich in ancient history, York boasts a wealth of historic sites, fascinating museums and boutique shops along its quaint cobbled streets, providing more than enough entertainment for a cosy weekend away.
Perched on the cliffs overlooking the River Nidd with the iconic railway viaduct passing through, Knaresborough is known for its beautiful setting and views. Its riverside setting makes it popular enjoying a lazy day wandering along the bank or tucking into a bite to eat at one of its many charming cafes. Mother Shipton’s Cave and Knaresborough Castle are a must visit during your stay, as well as heading out on a rowing boat down the river.
It’s undeniably on the UK’s most popular seaside resorts, but there’s much more to Whitby than its glorious sea views, windswept beaches and busy harbour. The imposing ancient ruins of Whitby Abbey are one of the town’s biggest draws, having gained fame as the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula. And if that’s not enough to get your teeth into, it’s also the place which serves up some of the finest fish and chips you’ll ever taste.
Famed for being the home of the acclaimed Bronte sisters, Haworth may be a sought-after spot among literary lovers, but it definitely still has its merits even if you aren’t much of a bookworm. The rugged moorland surrounding the pretty village offers great walking potential and the cobbled Main Street is always a hive of activity, with its many tea rooms, shops and cosy eateries. And of course, there’s the Bronte Parsonage and Cliffe Castle Museum if you want to soak up some sights.
Robin Hood’s Bay
With so much scenery to enjoy in Yorkshire it’s hard to know where to head to first, but Robin Hood’s Bay is great place to start if you’re seeking coastal views, picturesque cliffside walks and plenty of superb local culinary delights. Located in the North York Moors National Park, you’ll never be short of walking routes or heritage sites to explore, and that refreshing sea air will make everyday life seem like a million miles away and the perfect spot to take the dogs.
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