The Backbone of England – Highlights from Yorkshire
Yorkshire is the largest county in England, with an amazing array of countryside vista’s.
Due to its size, there are a mix of locations and landscapes to choose from, all of which provide an excellent opportunity for a countryside escape.
Perhaps the most impressive area is the rugged Yorkshire Dales National Park. Limestone walls and crags give the area a very distinctive appearance. Malham is at the heart of the park, and has been described as ‘Heaven on Earth’, with a combination of towering limestone cliffs and lush green fields.
Other points of interest are the Yorkshire 3 Peaks, situated around the Ribblehead viaduct. Grassington, and Skipton – ‘The Gateway to the Dales’, are also nice detours.
The North York Moors are a superb region to visit, located on the hills above the coastal villages of Whitby and Scarborough. Attractions include Dalby Forest, the White Horse sandstone monument, and the impressive architecture of Rosedale Abbey.
Whitby is traditional, small, and a hub of year-round activity.With its Dracula connections, and pretty buildings, it makes an excellent base to stay or day trip.
For the history seekers, York is hard to beat. As the former capital of England, it has a host of architectural gems. York Minster is a magnificent building, and wandering the ancient streets easily passes a few hours. The River Ouse cuts through the city – a nice way to walk off lunch!