Guide to Yorkshire Holidays, UK
Yorkshire is made up of West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, East Riding of Yorkshire and South Yorkshire, each full of scenic, historical and cultural diversity. In the north-west are the beautiful Dales and opposite in the northeast is the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, bring a spectacular coastline into the mix and you get a great location for a family holiday.
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The Dales National Park covers an area of nearly 700 square miles, from Skipton, the often referred to Gateway to the Dales and Ilkley in West Yorkshire to Darlington in North Yorkshire. As you travel across the park you will notice that the scenery changes from dale to dale, for instance, the more rugged Swaledale is in stark contrast to the pretty and busy Wensleydale, known for the cheese that bears its name. Wharfedale, a little further south is a spectacular valley, home to many of the parks best known features, the Strid, where the River Wharfe charges through a narrow gorge north of Bolton Abbey.
Nidderdale, or Little Switzerland, as has often been called is pretty valley adorned by a wood and with the River Nidd flowing through. The River Aire gives its name to Airedale a valley where perhaps the most notable feature is located, the limestone backdrop to the Malham Tarn. The park also has 3 peaks, Ingleborough, Whernside and Penghent and contains a railway line between Settle and Carlisle.
Top 3 places not too miss in the Dales:
- 1. Catrake Force, Keld
- 2. Bolton Castle
- 3. Grassington
North Yorkshire Moors
1952 was the year that the North Yorkshire Moor National Park was created, covering an area of rougly 550 sq. miles, reaching Whitby on the North Sea coast to Northallerton in the west. The Park is home to some of Yorkshire’s most picturesque villages. Interestingly, it is believed that more people lived in the area covered by the park in the Bronze age than now, judging by the more than 3000 burial mounds found.
And like its neighbour the Dales, the Moors also have its fair share of dales, deeply cut into the landscape, like Ryedale and Eskdale.
The coastline from Filey in the south, running through Robin Hood’s bay to just north of Redcar contains some of the highest cliffs in the UK. A shoreline that is dotted with rocky coves, sandy beaches and fishing villages. Not forgetting the fishing port of Whitby and seaside resort of Scarborough. It is near here, that in the summer of 2010 archaeologists discovered the oldest house in Britain, said to date back 10,500 years.
Top 3 places not too miss in the Moors:
- 1. The Moors Centre, Danby
- 2. Hole of Horcom, Lockton
- 3. Castle Howard
The south-east of Yorkshire is often overlooked by visitors, but offers a wealth of interest and attraction to many. We hope to highlight some of these and tempt you to this part of Yorkshire.
The city of Hull dominates much of this area and whilst many parts have been re-generated in recent times it remains a normal busy city and a port, the northern gateway to the Hook of Holland. However, the town of Beverley, once the capital of East Riding and just along the A1079 six miles from Hull, offers a cultural delight and its Minster, said to be one of the greatest glories of Gothic architecture. To the east of the town is what has been referred to as the old land of Holderness, whose battle against the North Sea has been going on for years, and losing, the coast here is being eroded at an average rate of 3 inches every year.
This coastline includes resorts like Withernsea, Hornsea and Skipsea and the popular Bridlington at the far north and Flamborough Head. Here, the Wolds, are chalk hills that sweep round from the coast. The area remains unspoilt with only farming and a few villages breaking the otherwise sweeping views across a wonderful landscape. Head to Bempton Cliffs for great coastal views and many colonies of birds.
Top 3 places not too miss in East Yorkshire:
- 1. Bempton Cliffs, Bridlington
- 2. Beverley
- 3. The Lighthouse, Withernsea
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