Off the beaten track – visiting Yorkshire

Thanks to our pretty mild weather, good road and transport systems as well as incredibly varied landscapes, we are really spoilt for choice in the UK when it comes to holidaying at home. Sure you might not get to enjoy baking heat or the excitement of jetting off somewhere, but that is no reason to overlook some of the fantastic spots we have right here, including Yorkshire.

Once one massive county, Yorkshire has been divided into 4 distinct ones now, West, North, South and East Riding, with the North still remaining the largest county in England. As you can imagine, there are plenty of things to see and do, and with so much variety, you’ll never be bored on a trip to Yorkshire.

The Yorkshire Dales

Immortalised by the long-running TV series Emmerdale which is set there, the Yorkshire Dales (officially the Yorkshire Dales National Park) is an enormous park that covers the majority of the iconic Yorkshire Dales. Including traditional dry-stone walls, empty moors and plenty of farmland interspersed with charming villages built in the typical Yorkshire style, this is a really popular tourist area, attracting over 8 million visitors annually.

What with the 3 Peaks and lovely rugged hiking routes, it is particularly popular with keen walkers and cross-country runners. So if you’re visiting Yorkshire, make sure you take some time to explore the Dales.

Visiting York

The historic seat of the county of Yorkshire, the ancient city of York is a fantastic place to visit and since it is a major station on the East Coast railway line, getting there is easy. Founded by the Romans, and once controlled by the Vikings, this city has had an exciting past. Take the time to wander around the historic walled part of the city with its gorgeous Gothic and Medieval architecture and quaintly cobbled streets. The Medieval city walls are definitely worth a closer inspection since they are the most complete in the whole of England. Exploring the old part of York will leave you feeling as though you have taken a step back in time.

Pubs and grub

Traditional Yorkshire pubs and inns boast lovely architecture, stone-flagged floors and of course delicious beer and food, so do take the time to savour these on a trip to the area. For a truly authentic experience, head to the Bingley Arms in Bardsey Leeds, which is in fact the oldest pub in the whole of Britain, having been serving visitors for over 1000 years! With a popular restaurant and an ancient yew tree in the garden which is older even that the pub, there is some atmosphere!

Yorkshire also boasts some pretty fantastic grub; famed Yorkshire puddings, Wensleydale cheese, pikelets, parkin and of course tasty liquorice Pontefract cakes. Savour and indulge in these county treats!

So check out somewhere new by visiting the stunning county of Yorkshire, which has plenty to offer the interested traveller!

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