Coast to Country Guide 2019

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You will be amazed... From picturesque market towns to thrilling activities for adrenaline junkies, Yorkshire’s magnificent coast and magical countryside has something for everyone. Between three national parks, three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a hundred miles of coastline, it’s no surprise that you’ll find plenty of opportunities for adventure, exploring the diverse wildlife and taking in world-class panoramic views on our walking and cycling trails. Relax and unwind with Yorkshire’s award-winning food and drink and superb sporting and cultural festivals, followed by a fantastic night in one of our many impressive hotels, cosy cottages or B&Bs. For a wilder experience, rent a luxurious yurt, or go back to basics and camp under canvas. Whether you are here for an action-packed mini-break or a relaxing family holiday, I am sure you will be amazed and inspired by God’s Own County.

Sir Gary Verity DL, Chief Executive Welcome to Yorkshire

Front cover image clockwise from top left: The Yorkshire Wolds © VHEY. Visitor at Janet’s Foss © National Trust Images. Crossing stepping stones at Hardcastle Crags © National Trust Images/John Millar. Family fun on the Yorkshire Coast. The Yorkshire Dales. Joe Root © Simon Wilkinson. Castle Howard. Spurn Lighthouse in Spurn National Nature Reserve. Puffin © Tom Marshall. Robin Hood’s Bay from Ravenscar © Mike Kipling/NYMNPA. Skydive GB. This page top to bottom: Ribblehead Viaduct. empton Cliffs © Russell Burton 2018. Rosedale Show © Purple Marbles Yorkshire. Brimham Rocks, North Yorkshire.



Flamborough Head

Vitamin Sea

Leave your passport and mosquito spray behind and enjoy the beaches and stunning coastline a little closer to home.



Filey was voted Beach of the Year 2018 by The Sunday Times

Wander along golden sands Head to the Yorkshire Coast where you can wander along golden sands stretching as far as the eyes can see. Look for fossils on the Dinosaur Coast, learn to surf at Scarborough, take a fishing trip from Flamborough or walk in the footsteps of Count Dracula in Whitby. Scarborough was Britain’s first holiday resort and is now the second most visited place outside London. Enjoy a night of drama at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, home to playwright Sir Alan Ayckbourn or head to Europe’s biggest Open Air Theatre. If relaxing is more your thing head over to the amazing Alpamare for a dip in the 36-degree outdoor infinity pool or experience their brand-new spa. A day of adventure awaits you in Whitby. Cosy taverns, unique boutiques and quirky gift shops adorn its cobbled streets, while fishing trawlers and lifeboats fill the harbour that sits beneath the awe-inspiring Abbey which formed the inspiration to Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Every year during late summer and autumn vast shoals of herring migrate to the inshore waters off the Yorkshire coast to spawn. Over the past few

years the whale watching trips that set sail from Whitby have spotted humpback whales, white-beaked and bottlenose dolphins, porpoise as well as thousands of seals.

attracting tourists from all around the world. Experts believe they have found the long-lost wreck of America’s first warship the Bonhomme Richard in Filey Bay*. Bridlington has everything you’d expect from a traditional seaside town; award-winning sandy beaches, promenades and a 900-year-old historic harbour. Take in a show at The Bridlington Spa and roll your own rock at the John Bull World of Rock. Head

Between the busy areas of Bridlington and Scarborough you’ll find the hidden gem of Filey. It’s so huge that, no matter how busy it gets, it never seems crowded. Visitors can easily spend a long weekend here, appreciating the wildlife, unspoiled natural beauty and array of pubs and restaurants. A recent coastal discovery is

into the Old Town where olde worlde pubs and antique shops rub shoulders with art galleries and tearooms. Sewerby Hall and Gardens is also a must for views over the bay and nature lovers will love RSPB Bempton Cliffs where puffins, gannets and kittiwakes soar above the cliffs of this beautiful coastal area of Yorkshire.

* Merlin Burrows claim to have found the wreckage of the Bonhomme Richard in Filey Bay. They have registered the wreck and Historic England have inspected the timbers – it is now going through due process for formal identification.



Room with a seaview Endeavour B&B, Staithes

Incredible coastal villages Staithes

Nestled within the cobbled streets of Staithes you’ll find this cosy and comfortable B&B taking its name from Captain Cook’s famous ship.

Ruswick Bay Hotel

A fantastic hotel at the top of the bay with the amazing, picturesque beach only a 5 minute walk away.

Victoria Inn, Robin Hood’s Bay

For the very best in luxurious accommodation located in the scenic Robin Hood’s Bay near Whitby.

Estbek House, Sandsend

Guests can dine in the Yorkshire coast’s only AA Rosette restaurant before retiring to one of their character bedrooms.

With its higgledy-piggledy cottages and winding streets, Staithes has the air of a place lost in time. The ‘old village’, located in a small, sheltered cove at the base of the cliff, is peppered with small B&Bs and local fishermen’s cottages. Once home to the legendary explorer Captain Cook, historians refer to Staithes as the place he fell in love with the sea. His time here is remembered in the Captain Cook and Staithes Heritage Centre. Younger visitors might also recognise this hamlet as the home to CBeebies Old Jack’s Boat.

Runswick Bay With its sweeping, sheltered bay and charming red-roofed cottages, Runswick Bay is one of the Yorkshire Coast’s prettiest destinations. The sandy beach, which once provided anchorage for brightly coloured fishing boats, is now a family favourite for rock pooling, fossil hunting and coastal walks. If it’s spectacular views you’re after, visit the old lifeboat station to enjoy an ice cream on the steps or scramble up the steep coastal path to enjoy breathtaking views over Kettleness.

Robin Hood’s Bay There are two things you will need when visiting Robin Hood’s Bay; lots of energy to descend the steep street snaking down from the clifftop to the beach and a camera to take pictures of one of the greatest views in the world. Picturesque dwellings and cobbled alleyways seem to tumble into each other here, right up to the very edge of the coast – which is why the area was a favourite for 18th

century smugglers who used it to hide their illicit trade from view. Tucked away in this charming tangle are a cluster of guesthouses, inns and hostels, and enough culinary delights to keep the hungriest traveller happy.

Flamborough Flamborough Head is known as an outdoor lover’s paradise. Discover the weird and wonderful creatures to be found hidden below the waves at The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Living Seas Centre or be guided by an expert on a Seashore Safari to find marine wildlife living in the rockpools at South Landing. Thousands of people also flock to this area to see the incredible, ancient, octagonal lighthouse, dating from 1674, or to explore the 1806 shingle lighthouse on the opposite side of the bay. Further down the coast at Spurn Point visitors who manage the 144 steps up the lighthouse are rewarded with the most spectacular panoramic views.

Sandsend Just along the coast from Whitby, at the end of a 3-mile-long sandy beach you’ll find the popular summer destination of Sandsend. With its fine sands, rockpools, beach cafes and fabulous coastal views it’s easy to see why. Explore the woodland and industrial remains along the line of the old coastal railway, which once ran from Whitby to Middlesbrough. If all you want to do is just sit and look out to sea, this is the place to be with a surprising number of great places to eat and drink.


Images clockwise from top left: Rockpooling in Sandsend. Flamborough. View towards Robin Hood’s Bay © Ebor images / NYMNPA. Runswick Bay. Staithes.




Picture-perfect places to stay

2 1 Camp Katur Bedale, North Yorkshire Set within a beautiful 250-acre Country Manor Estate, this retreat is referred to as the hidden gem. With its secluded glamping offering a mix of quirky accommodation including Hobbit Pods, Safari Tents, Bell Tents, Tipis and Yurts. An outdoor Eco Spa with a wood burning hot tub and sauna offers visitor’s complete relaxation. The Nordic style BBQ Pod is the perfect indoor barbequing solution for our unpredictable British weather.


The Beverley Arms Beverley, East Yorkshire This Georgian coaching inn has been welcoming visitors to the Yorkshire Wolds since 1794. The hotel is situated in Beverley’s Georgian Quarter and opposite the majestic St Mary’s Church, famous for a carving of a rabbit in 1335 which is said to have been the inspiration for the White Rabbit in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. After a £6 million refurbishment the hotel now offers 38 beautiful bedrooms, a bar and a fantastic restaurant.


3 Cubley Hall Barnsley, South Yorkshire Bringing people together to eat, celebrate, relax and rest. Situated just a mile from the mid-way point on the Trans Pennine Trail, this hotel is a great base for keen walkers or cyclists exploring the Yorkshire Peak District and all the history and festivity of Penistone and the rest of South Yorkshire.

6 Chevin Country Park Otley, West Yorkshire

A destination with an Alpine feel; the hotel itself happens to be the UK’s largest log cabin. Built from imported Swedish logs, it stands by a small lake, surrounded by a birch forest.

4 Raithwaite Estate Whitby, North Yorkshire The Raithwaite Estate is a grand country retreat including two small luxury hotels, a collection of quaint stone cottages, an ultra-exclusive Lakehouse and a tranquil spa. The location is suitable for a relaxing break or a couple’s retreat.




The Devonshire Fell

Swinton Bivouac

Woodlands Farm

Skipton, North Yorkshire

Masham, North Yorkshire

Northallerton, North Yorkshire

Situated in the Yorkshire Dales in the village of Burnsall The Devonshire Fell is a perfect countryside hideaway. Located against the River Wharfe, this upscale Edwardian inn is 5.9 miles from Bolton Abbey and enjoys some of the best views in the Dales.

A little luxury mixed in with a lot of attention to detail to create a warm, comfortable and relaxing environment for guests to enjoy. The Bivouac provides accommodation in luxury Tree Lodges, Yurts and a unique Bunk Barn.

Guests are greeted by the beautiful resident ponies within the Stable Yard at Woodlands Farm on the way to check in to their accommodation. It’s ideally located in the small hamlet of Thimbleby a short distance from Northallerton.



Get your heart racing with Yorkshire’s most adventurous activities Move over Cornwall! Many experts believe that the up and coming surfing mecca is the Yorkshire coast. The varied coastline throws up some great surfing conditions that are largely rock-free and free from crowds too. So, thanks to the great facilities, easy access, and of course tempting waves, surfing in the county has never been so popular. So, where to surf? Or should that be where to surf first? Scarborough’s North and South Bays have nice rolling waves that are gentle enough for beginners to try. This is a popular spot for long boarders while the low to mid tides offer bigger surf for the more experienced. Rest assured lifeguards are on duty during the summer months.

Awesome Adventures



Adrenaline fuelled activities If you think Yorkshire is all about drinking ale and eating Yorkshire puds, think again!

Cayton Bay is home to some of the very best beach break waves, surfable through all stages of tide with a good variety of conditions to suit all abilities. Fluid Concept Surf School provide everything you need to enjoy a day of surfing including lessons with a B.S.A qualified instructor. In the North Bay you’ll find Dexter’s Surf Shop, Scarborough’s only ‘Surfing England - Centre of Excellence’ where you can learn one on one or in a group. Being the biggest surf shop in the area and owning a huge stock of hire kit, the school can handle large groups and offer fun-packed adventure days such as Stag and Hen parties, corporate events and University Surf Clubs! The northern end of the county’s coastline, including Whitby and beyond offers some of the most challenging surfing for the more dedicated enthusiasts particularly in the winter months. Saltburn has also become a popular centre for surfing in recent years. It was even listed by The Guardian as one of the top ten surf locations in the UK. Saltburn Beach is one of the most consistent beaches for surf along the Yorkshire coastline, and is a great beach break. Surf lessons and stand up paddle board lessons can be arranged for individuals (one on one tuition) or for groups at the Saltburn Surf School.

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How Stean Gorge Harrogate, North Yorkshire Armed with hard hat and torch, enjoy scrambling the gorge and exploring the caves by torchlight. If you prefer the open air, why not try abseiling, gorge walking or rock climbing.

Coniston Off-Road Centre Skipton, North Yorkshire Coniston Off-Road Centre is the perfect place to experience off-road driving. Spread over three primary off-road ‘Zones’, the centre is regarded as one of the best off-road tracks in Britain.

Standedge Tunnel Marsden, West Yorkshire Hard hats at the ready! Standedge Tunnel is Britain’s longest, deepest and highest canal tunnel, hidden deep beneath the beautiful Pennine countryside.


Bridlington , East Riding of Yorkshire Bridlington is the home of Yorkshire’s only skydive centre. Located just north of the coastal resort you’ll find Skydive GB. You can jump out of a plane and (if you can keep your eyes open) take in the stunning views of the Yorkshire Coast. Many jump for charity while others for the pure thrill of it.



Discover the Dales The Yorkshire Dales is home to outstanding scenery, great castles, abbeys and a breathtakingly peaceful atmosphere. At its heart are two very special protected areas - Yorkshire Dales National Park and Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.



Amazing stays After a day of enjoying everything the Dales has to offer you will need a place to relax and get some sleep. Here are a few amazing places to stay. In Wensleydale you’ll find the incredible Aysgarth Falls. This impressive stretch of water is best known for its triple flight of waterfalls. The series of broad limestone steps on the River Ure attract thousands of visitors each year. It was also the location for the famous fight scene between Kevin Costner and ‘Little John’ in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. The Yorkshire Dales are home to Pen-y-ghent (above), Ingleborough and Whernside, more commonly known as the Yorkshire Three Peaks. Each year thousands of people attempt to reach the summit of all three peaks following a circular route. Ingleton, nestled on the lower slopes of Inglebrough, is an ideal start and finish point with plenty of parking, shops and amenities. The Marton Arms is the perfect nearby spot for that well-earned drink after a day of hiking or indeed an overnight stay. Keep an eye out for the Brownlee Brothers too, who like to use these famous hills as their training ground. In nearby Malham you will find the towering cliff of Malham Cove. This gently curving cliff of white limestone has amazed visitors for centuries and is even the home to a set of peregrine falcons in the summer months. Along with the impressive Gordale Scar as well as the popular Malham circular walk, it really is a place not to be missed.

Akebar Park Nestled in Wensleydale in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales you’ll find the award winning holiday park Akebar Park. This family friendly park has a fabulous onsite pub The Friars Head, a golf course and great park facilities. All staff offer the very best of true Yorkshire hospitality to ensure visitors relax, unwind and enjoy this idyllic location.

Fairview Guest House Set in attractive, lawned gardens with private parking, Fairview is just a two minute walk from the centre of the small market town of Hawes in the Yorkshire Dales National Park; made famous by James Herriot. This elegant Victorian House is furnished with antiques and retains many of its original period features.

Yorebridge House

© National Trust Images / Solent News

This Victorian Grade II listed former school is now home to the stunning Yorebridge House. The hotel offers a rare combination of luxurious individually styled boutique bedrooms, with fine dining in an informal atmosphere. Bound by two rivers, the hotel rooms boast beautiful views across the Yorkshire Dales with rising fells on one side and the valley to Hawes on the other.


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Peak your interest From pretty moorland, rolling hills and dales to scented meadows and leafy forests, the Peak District National Park is an area of rich history and heritage.

Images clockwise from top left: Some of the best climbing in the UK. Renishaw Hall Gardens. Cycling in the Peak District National Park.

Britain’s first National Park boasts some of the country’s finest, specially-protected landscapes in an area the size of Greater London. Its rugged gritstone uplands and rolling limestone dales offer endless scope for walking, cycling and a wealth of other outdoor activities. Explore the beautiful area of the Peak District, a location rich in history and heritage. Visit the wonderful Renishaw Hall Gardens in the summertime to experience beautiful fountains and flower displays. Why not take a step back in time with a trip to Bolsover


Castle where you can watch a medieval joust or skilled combat display by battling knights. Holme Moss is a moor in the south Pennines, on the border between Derbyshire and West Yorkshire within the Peak District National Park. The River Holme rises on the moor and flows through the village of Holme and the town of Holmfirth. The upper part of the moor continues into Black Hill which is crossed by the Pennine Way north-south footpath which has long been considered one of England’s most punishing bicycle ascents.


Heritage hideaways

Wentworth Castle Gardens

Chatsworth Estate Holiday Cottages

The National Trust is working hard to secure the future of Wentworth Castle Gardens in South Yorkshire. This historic garden has layers of 18th and 19th century design set around the stunning Georgian Wentworth Castle, including national collections of rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias and an exquisitely restored Victorian conservatory.

Owned by the Duke of Devonshire the Chatsworth Estate Holiday Cottages located on and around Chatsworth and the Peak District are perfect for a weekend break or a longer stay with family or friends. Each cottage has its own identity and has been fitted out to the highest standard in keeping with the Devonshire Hotels & Restaurants brand.


Clumber Park Once the country estate of the Dukes of Newcastle these 3,800 acres of picturesque parkland and gardens still offer a glimpse of its grand past for visitors to explore. The Gothic-style chapel, often referred to as a ‘cathedral in miniature’ is popular with visitors as well as the Walled Kitchen Garden. Along with the peaceful woodlands and the magnificent lake it’s easy to feel like a Lord or Lady of the manor.


Sunset Boulby Cliffs © Mike Kipling.

Alive with adventure With its fabulous countryside, heather moorland, woodland and rugged Dinosaur Coastline, the North York Moors National Park is one of Britain’s most treasured places. Discover rolling landscapes, enchanting forests and ‘England’s finest view’. In late summer, one of England’s largest expanses of heather moorland flushes purple, creating a truly magnificent sight. The forests and ancient woodlands of the North York Moors harbour roe deer, badgers, owls and turtle doves, while seabirds, seals, dolphins and whales can be seen along the dramatic 26-mile coastline.


Byland Abbey © Steve Bell

Vital visits

Fossil hunting on the beach at Boggle Hole © Tony Bartholomew.

Set in an idyllic valley, The Moors National Park Centre in Danby offers visitors outdoor adventure play areas, woodland and riverside trails. With a lot to do at the Centre you will be sure to have a fun filled day. Visit the onsite Inspired by... gallery, which offers changing exhibitions of work by artists who draw their inspiration from the landscape, life and colour of the North York Moors. For even more outdoor fun why not give the high ropes a try at Go Ape. With treetop zip wires and plunging valley views it’s the perfect location for those craving adventure.

The Hole of Horcum

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Soak up ‘England’s finest view’ from the panoramic viewpoint at Sutton Bank National Park Centre before letting the kids go wild in the natural play area, exploring the hands-on exhibits, crafts and activities.

With over 554 square miles of natural beauty, this enchanting region is home to outstanding scenery.

The Hole of Horcum is a huge natural amphitheatre 400 feet deep and half a mile across. Geologists believe it was created by the process of spring-sapping, where water has undermined the slopes, eating the rocks away grain by grain.

© Chris J Parker / NYMNPA

The unspoilt coastline has footprints and fossils from the Jurassic Age along the beaches and in the rocks at the water’s edge, each telling a story from times when North Yorkshire looked very different. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced fossil hunter, there is plenty to explore.

Rievaulx Abbey If tranquillity is what you seek from a day out in the country, then Rievaulx Abbey is the perfect choice. Set in a remote valley in the North York Moors National Park, Rievaulx is one of the most complete of England’s abbey ruins.

Kilburn White Horse High up on the hillside in the North York Moors National Park near Kilburn you’ll find the Kilburn White Horse which was designed and financed by Kilburn native Thomas Taylor in 1857. You can actually see this 314ft long horse (on a clear day) from as far as York. Enjoy a closer view of the horse along the Cleveland Way National Trail.



Robin Hood’s Bay Š Mike Kipling

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Boggle Hole © Tony Bartholomew / NYMNPA

Take a deep breath and soak up the panoramic views on foot. Whether it’s a stroll along our easy access routes or tackling the 109 miles of the Cleveland Way National Trail, the swathes of purple heather in the late summer months will stop anyone in their tracks.

Heaps of adventure

Centuries of history lie beneath your feet and before your eyes in the ancient abbeys, stately homes, castles and museums that pepper the landscape. Stroll amongst the atmospheric ruins of Rievaulx Abbey, Helmsley Castle and Mount Grace Priory, House and Gardens. Watch the seasons unfold in the magnificent gardens and grounds of Castle Howard, one of England’s finest stately homes. Or transport yourself from an Iron Age roundhouse to a 1950s village shop at Ryedale Folk Museum.

Both coastal and countryside offer heaps of adventure for adults and kids. For coastal fans - spend your days in the picturesque villages of Robin Hood’s Bay and Staithes, ancient fishing villages full of character and intrigue, where you can find secret picnic spots and enjoy nature trips out at sea. Fossil hunting, rock pooling and beach combing can be found along the coastline between Runswick Bay and Boggle Hole, or head inland and have a go at horse riding or skimming through the treetops with Go Ape! at Dalby Forest.

Stunning valley views

Breathtaking views

Pick up a souvenir

Journey back in time and experience the moors from a different perspective on board the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Traverse through 24 miles of stunning valley views from Pickering to Whitby, explore stations of bygone eras and relax in vintage carriages as you travel along the world’s most popular heritage railway. Be sure to visit the ‘celebrity station’ at Goathland – it served as the original Hogsmeade Station in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, as well as part of Aidensfield in 90s drama Heartbeat.

When the sun sets in the North York Moors, another breathtaking view emerges – a sky full of stars! The National Park has some of the darkest skies in the UK and three Dark Sky Discovery Sites, offering fantastic opportunities to see constellations, planets, and the Milky Way. Whether it’s listening to the call of the moorland birds during spring, walking through the swathes of purple heather in summer or witnessing the milky way light up the skies during winter, the North York Moors is the perfect place to visit any time of year.

Pick up a souvenir or try some delicious local delicacies in the market towns and villages that are dotted throughout the landscape. Charming Helmsley and Pickering are packed full of independent shops, antiques and art, whilst Yorkshire’s Food Capital, Malton is home to monthly food markets and the twice-yearly Food Festival.

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© Malton Cookery School

Centuries of history

For the adventurous, head out on two wheels. Whether you’re a family cyclist or a world-class mountain biker, the abundance of quiet country roads, forest tracks and disused railway lines offer plenty to explore. The cycling centre at Dalby Forest is one of the best places in the UK for mountain-biking, or head to Sutton Bank Bikes for off road and family trails that soak up “England’s finest view”. For the ultimate ride, enjoy the all new North York Moors Cycleway - 170 miles of unforgettable cycling experiences.

© Graham Staples / NYMNPA

Head out on two wheels




Outdoor festivals

From sport to the arts, theatre, music and film, you’ll be spoilt for choice with our outdoor events in 2019. We’ve compiled this list to give you a bit of inspiration. For a full list of events go to

2 1 The Dark Skies Festival February, the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks The Yorkshire Dales National Park and the North York Moors National Park organise an annual Dark Skies Festival jointly. The festival runs in February and events include night runs, cycling, caving and talks by expert astronomers. The Dark Skies Festival is all about discovering, learning and enjoying the dark and the stars you can see as a result.


Great Yorkshire Show July, Harrogate Some 130,000 visitors attend this farming and countryside showcase over the three days. Some of the UK’s finest cattle, sheep and pigs compete for the coveted championship rosettes, as well as 2,000 horses in the show jumping and equine classes. There is also an action-packed programme of music, food and country pursuits to entertain people of all ages. Not to mention the fantastic food hall.


6 BBC Countryfile Live August, Castle Howard BBC Countryfile Live will be held at Castle Howard in August. This new event will represent the best of the northern countryside and celebrate regional farming, capturing the essence of the Yorkshire countryside. Join the programmes presenters for a range of activities including the Countryfile Main Stage, the Wildlife Zone, The Farmyard and the Dog Lovers’ Arena.

3 Lambing Sunday March, Bishop Burton Bishop Burton’s annual springtime spectacle gives the public the chance to see lambs being born. There’s show jumping, horses to pet, farm machinery displays and much more to entertain all the family.

4 Yorkshire Dales Food & Drink Festival July, Skipton An amazing summer weekend in the Yorkshire Dales, full of foodie fun. With traders showcasing delicious Yorkshire produce and celebrity chef performances galore, it’s bigger and better than ever.


7 Welcome to Yorkshire Scarborough Cricket Festival August, Scarborough The end of season series of cricket matches featuring Yorkshire County Cricket Club is one of the most historic sporting events in the world. The ground has seen large crowds of holiday makers watching first class cricket since 1876.



VW Festival

July, Malton

August, Harewood House

Set in the stunning riverside gardens on the edge of Malton this event aims to give people the most relaxed and pleasurable festival possible. Visitors are invited to sit back and enjoy a meadley of midsummer music and foodie fun!

The UK’s largest family friendly VW show. A full weekend of entertainment, live music and VWs galore. However, it’s not just about the cars, you’ll also find activities for all ages and interests so the entire family can enjoy the show.



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Richmond Castle

Castle Howard

Westwood Pastures

Talbot Hotel

Vanessa’s Delicatessen

Market towns Scattered across the county, the picturesque market towns of Yorkshire are the perfect place to pick up the freshest produce and discover hidden gems within beautiful surrounding countryside.

Malton is fast becoming known for its excellent food and drink offering and is home to the Food Lovers Festival as well as fantastic restaurants. Nearby Castle Howard is one of the grandest private residences in Britain. Built between 1699 and 1712 for the 3rd Earl of Carlisle, it’s surrounded by 1,000 acres of beautiful landscape, where visitors can relax in the idyllic gardens, enjoy lakeside walks and let off steam in the adventure playground. Pay a visit to the Talbot Hotel in Malton home to a signed copy of the literary classic A Christmas Carol. It is rumoured that Charles Dickens was a


frequent visitor to the town and took inspiration from a local solicitor’s firm for his infamous Scrooge character. Travel east and you’ll find the fantastic town of Beverley. Discover an award winning racecourse, breathtaking minster, cobbled streets and a traditional band stand and market square. It is surrounded by the Westwood pastures which is considered one of the best areas of common land. The huge array of independent shops restaurants, pubs, coffee shops including the delightful Vanessa’s Delicatessen & Café leave customers spoilt for choice.


Market town heritage

Skipton’s magnificent 900 year old castle forms a dramatic centrepiece to this bustling market town. Endlessly rich both in history and outstanding natural beauty which visitors flock to see throughout the year. Over in Richmond its castle towers above the market town. The 30 metre towering keep provides fantastic views over the River Swale. Markets also form a valuable part of Richmond’s heritage. They are held throughout the year, where shoppers can also enjoy a variety of independent retailers. The town also has a selection of galleries exhibiting artwork by artists including Mackenzie Thorpe.


Marvellous market towns



West Yorkshire

West Yorkshire

Sitting in the heart of the breathtaking Holme Valley, Holmfirth is a picturepostcard town and the renowned location of the TV classic Last of the Summer Wine. With its incredible views across the Holme Valley, Holmfirth is very popular with walkers and wildlife enthusiasts.

Todmorden Market Hall is a unique Victorian, glass-roofed indoor market at the heart of the picturesque border town of Todmorden. Always full with sellers offering an array of produce. It even won the Best Small Indoor Market in the NABMA 2018 Great British Market Awards!



North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire

If you were asked to imagine the perfect English market town, then it’d probably look a lot like Helmsley! There’s the bustling market square always packed with fresh produce, the dramatic castle ruins, the charming tea rooms and inviting inns; all surrounded by mile after mile of the beautiful North York Moors.

Set in the rich farmland of Herriot Country, Northallerton is the perfect place for a sedate country escape. This thriving and bustling market town is an ideal base for visitors to explore the nearby moors, historical cities and picturesque villages. Northallerton has a great mix of eateries, including the famous Bettys Café Tearoom.


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Yorkshire is home to some of Britain’s best country and coastal locations so it’s only natural that you’ll want to take all the family with you. With walks galore and some great dog friendly accommodation you’ll be sure to have the best of times when visiting Yorkshire with your pup.



Binoculars at the ready © National Trust Images / Chris Lacey.

Yorkshire is home to a rich abundance of natural wildlife habitats.

Spurn Point Hull, East Riding Of Yorkshire Spurn is one of the country’s top bird migration hotspots. The sinuous peninsula of YWT Spurn sticking out into the mouth of the Humber acts as a crossing point for birds heading off and coming back from their long migration.

For a quality excursion, head to the top end of the Peak District and the Wessenden Valley to enjoy a stunning circular moorland walk. Make your way to six of the area’s spectacular reservoirs - you may even spot some mini waterfalls as you explore. If you and your canine companion are after a bigger workout then Fraisthorpe Beach is a favourite with dog walkers providing ten miles of sandy beach. Walk either north to Bridlington (three miles) or south to Hornsea (ten miles).

© National Trust Images / Joe Cornish

If a more relaxing walk is favoured, the circular route between Swinton Park and the North Yorkshire market town of Masham combines flat riverside paths and quiet lanes. Depending where you begin, either start, finish or break up your walk with a visit to The Bay Horse pub in Masham which has two roaring fires for your dog to curl up in front of and a mouthwatering menu of locally sourced dishes for you to enjoy. In the North York Moors National Park, the Clay Bank and Greenhow Plantation provides beautiful views of twin landmarks, Roseberry Topping and the Captain Cook Monument. Complete with a picnic area, this is the perfect place to let the dog off the lead and enjoy the scenery. When looking for that dog friendly hotel, go no further than The Tradock in Settle, surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of the Yorkshire Dales National Park – prime dog walking territory. With dogs allowed in all rooms and suites, not only does the hotel itself have one and a half acres of grounds to explore, it also has dog washing facilities and your dog can even join you in the lounge and bar. Griffon Forest Lodges also make the perfect doggy holiday with miles of walks, woodland trails and open fields to enjoy along with a cosy lodge to retreat to with your pooch at the end of the day. This is only a small selection of what’s on offer in Yorkshire for dog lovers - so enjoy being able to explore this picturesque part of the world with your favourite canine friend at your side.


Old Moor Dearne Valley, South Yorkshire Nestled in the heart of the Dearne Valley, this reserve has 250 acres of nature to explore, allowing wildlife watchers to get closer to nature, observing waders, gulls and passing migrant birds in winter, dragonflies and butterflies in summer and boxing hares, shy bitterns and highland cattle all year round!

Blacktoft Sands Goole, East Riding of Yorkshire On the south bank of the River Ouse where it widens to become the Humber Estuary, this magical reserve hosts a diverse population of waders, warblers and raptors, easily spotted from the accessible trails and hides.

Bempton Cliffs Bridlington, East Riding Of Yorkshire Take in the views at the heart of the UK’s largest seabird colony, from the cliff tops. Between March and October half a million seabirds gather here. Walk along the nature trail and hire Discover Backpacks for the kids so they can identify the wildlife.


Trail blazers On foot or on two wheels Yorkshire has a wide range of trails to suit all abilities so pack a rucksack and get going; varied landscapes, stunning scenery, historical sites and legendary landscapes await.

Out and about Cycle the Solar System A scale model of the Solar System is spread out along 6.4 miles of the old East Coast Mainline railway. Along it you can find scale models of all the planets in our solar system as well as models of the Cassini and Voyager spacecraft.

The Whitby Circular Walk This is a lovely walk that covers just over 5 miles and takes you to some of the great tourist spots in and around Whitby. Starting in the town centre the trail works its way up along the cliffs to Whitby lighthouse, before taking in the coastal views as you make your way towards Whitby Abbey and back down into town again.

Langsett Reservoir Walk How about trying one of Yorkshire Water’s walking routes? The trail around Langsett Reservoir in South Yorkshire, offers charming glimpses of the quiet waters through the trees and unspoilt views over the reservoir. Ramsden Reservoir also provides spectacular views of the South Pennines.

Cleveland Way This 110 mile/176 kilometre walking route follows the fantastic scenery of the North York Moors National Park, crossing stunning lengths of heather moorland and providing spectacular views of the beautiful North Yorkshire coastline.

North Newbald and back

Images clockwise: Malham cycling trail. Langsett Reservoir walk. Cleveland way Š Mike Kipling. Cyclist in Beverley.


This route takes you across the southern end of the Wolds from the medieval market town of Beverley taking in superb views over the Vale of York before finishing at the limestone village of North Newbald.


Professional advice If you need a little helping hand or advice there are lots of local businesses that can help even the most inexperienced of explorers.

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Contours Walking Holidays Contours Walking Holidays offers an unrivalled range of self-guided walking holidays, short breaks and weekends in Yorkshire. Providing everything you need for a relaxing, worry-free walking holiday.

Dales Bike Centre Dales Bike Centre is a one stop shop for mountain biking and road cycling in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Choose from one of their many mountain biking route maps and head to the hills where adventure awaits with varied trails, amazing views and stunning landscapes.

3 Peaks Cycles In the heart of the magnificent cycling country of the Yorkshire Dales you’ll find this fantastic bike shop that offers bike hire, servicing, maps, routes and expert advice on the local area.

Yorkshire Velo Tours Road cycle tours, rides, routes and group events in beautiful Yorkshire. World class cycling for all to enjoy, various tours for all capabilities available. With a well qualified, knowledgeable and enthusiastic team which make any cycling experience one to remember.

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Enjoy the ride

Š Russell Burton / Cyle England

Yorkshire is a great place to learn how to cycle and offers quieter routes for children so they can cycle in safety, surrounded by the great outdoors. These out of the way routes range from forest trails, to rolling hills and canal towpaths.



Seven routes not to be missed

The Cinder Track

Wolds Way

Spen Valley Greenway

A lovely traffic-free coastal route traveling between the seaside resorts of Scarborough and Whitby. It takes in panoramic views, secluded coves and historic sites.

Follow the enchanting rolling hills and coastal cliffs of the Yorkshire Wolds. Discover hidden valleys, wildflowers and wildlife. Enjoy big skies whilst passing through picturesque villages, market towns and historic houses and churches. One moment you’re running through a broad dry valley or exploring a secret vale, the next you’re heading through thick woodland. Well signed as part of the National Cycle Network, the terrain is rolling chalkland, with only a few steep but short climbs on mainly quiet roads and country lanes with some cycle paths. Following the route clockwise is easier. There are tearooms, cafés, pubs and food shops at varying intervals and there are various options for the start and finish, with Beverley, Bridlington, Driffield and Malton all having train stations.

This fantastic cycling and walking route runs along a disused railway line from Oakenshaw near Bradford, all the way to Dewsbury. The path is well surfaced and entirely traffic free and as such, it is ideal for families with young children or anyone looking for a nice easy ride or walk. The greenway ride boasts great views and trailside sculptures and statues.

Moor to Sea Cycle Network Fabulous views of heather moorland, ancient forests, rolling farmland and spectacular coast along the Moor to Sea Cycle network linking the historic towns of Scarborough, Pickering, Whitby and Great Ayton.

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The Malham Tarn Family Cycle Trail Spurn Point Starting from the village of Easington this ‘there and back’ route ventures through Kilnsea along the Spurn Peninsula to the wild rugged Spurn Point. This is a flat 22.5 km route on quiet roads with refreshments at Kilnsea and the visitors’ centre at Spurn Point.


A gentle 7km ride through Britain’s finest limestone scenery, a generally flat route along grass and gravel paths. The way marked ride takes you through the heart of the wonderful Malham Tarn in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. This route takes in a lot of the natural beauty which is perfect for all riders.

When the Tour de France started in Yorkshire in 2014, the peloton wound its way into Brontë Country and into the village of Haworth. These cobbled streets are now famous throughout the world, with the challenging thoroughfare home to period fronted shops and cafés. Cycling in this area of Yorkshire is inspirational. Ride across the high moors, be exhausted by the tough ascents and thrilled by the exciting descents. Discover the incredible ride from Haworth to Hebden Bridge where awesome views never end. No cycling tour of West Yorkshire would be complete without climbing the famous Cragg Vale incline the longest unbroken ascent of any road in England. From the village of Mytholmroyd, the road rises 968 feet to open moorland. Enough to give your gears and lungs a tough workout.


10 of the best Coast to Country To celebrate Welcome to Yorkshire’s 10th birthday celebrations in 2019 here’s your ten of the best guide to Yorkshire’s coast and country. Flamborough

Bempton Cliffs Marvel at the UK’s largest seabird colony at Bempton Cliffs near Flamborough. Nearly half a million seabirds swoop and soar the chalk cliffs here each year, from guillemots to gannets to herring gulls. The most popular visitors to this stretch of coastline are the puffins that frequent the cliffs between April and July.

Across the county

Dalby Forest


A trip to our county wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the iconic Bettys. Situated in six locations, these well-loved tea rooms are celebrating 100 years in the business, a testament to the popularity of this Yorkshire institution. Enjoy a cup of tea and a famous Fat Rascal at the glorious Bettys Harlow Carr.

If you have a head for heights you won’t want to miss out on a tree top adventure in the magnificent Dalby Forest. Swing amongst the trees as you scale an incredible aerial obstacle course at GoApe! With high ropes, crossings, bridges, tarzan swings and hilltop to hilltop zip wires.

Explore Yorkshire’s National Parks by taking to the saddle and heading to The Yorkshire Dales Cycleway. This testing but spectacular route takes you on a 130 mile trip through some of the county’s most breath-taking dales, including Askrigg, Reeth, Grassington, Malham and Ingleton.

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When Paul Theakston chose to branch out on his own in an effort to retain his passion for independent brewing - Black Sheep was born. Take a tour of the brewery to find out more about this unique company before heading to the onsite Bistro and Baa…r.

Test your sea legs on board the magnificent HM Bark Endeavour in Whitby, a replica of the original ship made famous by Captain Cook on his first voyage. The ship is a unique chance to learn what life was like for the 95 crew members who made the journey to the other side of the world.

One of the most complete and best preserved castles in England, with the gatehouse alone dating back over 900 years. The woods around the castle are also worth exploring. They provided fuel, food and building materials for the castle and they’re also a beautiful place to walk, with nature at every turn.


Yorkshire Dales

North Yorkshire

Enjoy a flutter on the horses at the stunning Beverley racecourse. Racegoers have been enjoying the racing here for over 300 years. Set in the stunning surroundings of The Westwood, the racecourse hosts horse racing between April and September every year.

Cheese-making in Yorkshire dates back as far as 1150 when Cistercian monks first settled in to the dales. The first creamery popped up in Hawes in 1897 and the rest, as they say, is history. Today, the Wensleydale Creamery continues to handcraft this time-honoured Yorkshire classic.

If you fancy a day of vintage charm and breathtaking scenery you need to book yourself a trip to the North Yorshire Moors Railway. One of the world’s greatest heritage railways, this is a chance to step back in time and travel along 24 miles of stunning parkland.

Black Sheep Brewery

Beverley Racecourse

HM Bark Endeavour

Wensleydale Creamery

Skipton Castle

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Ride for free

Borrow a bike for free with Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries.

Bicycles are transforming lives across the county and it’s all thanks to an initiative which was a legacy from the Grand Départ 2014 (when the Tour de France started off in Leeds, West Yorkshire). Funded by Yorkshire Bank, the initiative asks for old bikes to be donated so voluntary teams can recondition them and lend them to anyone who, for whatever reason, doesn’t have a bike of their own. The aim of the bike libraries is simple - to give every child in Yorkshire access to a bike, regardless of their circumstances. And since launching in December 2014, the scheme is well on its way to fulfilling that goal. In just over two years, more than 70,000 chances to ride a bike have been offered to children and over 6,000 bikes have been donated through the scheme. So far, over 60 bike libraries and 50 donation stations have also been set up around the county. Bike libraries have sprung up across Yorkshire, from Middlesbrough to Sheffield and can be found in church halls, schools, business premises, community centres and charities. It’s clear that each bike library is different, but they all work in the same way – taking old or unwanted bikes, repairing them, and making them ready for people to borrow, free of charge.

The Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries are winners of the ‘Sport Simple’ programme of the year 2017 at the prestigious Peace and Sport awards.


Even the most unloved bike can be brought back to life, and really damaged ones are often used for parts or training mechanics. The bike libraries do receive a lot of bikes which are in perfect condition and these go straight out to libraries for a safety check then straight to a child. If you would consider donating an old bike, please have a look at the website where you can find a map and list of all donation stations. Go to to find your nearest Bike Library and come and give cycling a go!


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What? Simply a location with a fleet of bikes that are available for loan to children and families. There are over 60 Bike Libraries across Yorkshire and over 6000 bikes have been donated so far. Can anyone borrow one? Yes. Just find your local bike library (see the link below) and get in touch. The libraries often arrange activities such as guided bike rides, basic bike skills and maintenance courses. Or you can just have the freedom to ride on a safe route, where you want, with family and friends. Where can I donate a bike? Donation stations are popping up around Yorkshire all the time - for full details of your local drop off point see the website below. If you can’t see a local donation station near you, keep checking - more are added all the time as the scheme develops. To donate a bike, borrow a bike, start a bike library or become a volunteer visit



Going underground The largest caving area in the UK is right here in (well, below) Yorkshire. There are 2,000 caves and potholes, plus more than 400km of surveyed passages. This summer why not don your hard hat and discover Yorkshire’s unique geology in all its glory?

Gaping Gill images © Robbie Shone

Caving is a truly memorable experience and gives people the opportunity to see the hidden side of Yorkshire’s limestone areas. For a first really adventurous trip underground it’s a good idea to book on to a guided trip. There are lots to choose from in Yorkshire including Live for Today Adventures and Yorkshire Dales Guides. For an awe-inspiring experience take a trip to Ingleton to see Gaping Gill one of the UK’s most famous subterranean natural wonders. Situated at the bottom of a large crater it was first explored in 1895, it was (until the discovery of Titan, in Derbyshire, over a hundred years later) the deepest known cavern in the country.




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Want to try caving?

Try a show cave that offers guided underground adventures.

Stump cross caverns The main chamber measures 129m long, 31m high, and 25m wide. The nearby stream Fell Beck pours over a lip of rock above and crashes 110 meters onto a limestone chamber. This drop is twice the height of Niagara Falls! The main chamber of Gaping Gill is obviously extremely dangerous and is only usually available to experienced potholers. However, twice a year in the summer, local potholing clubs organise a winch down onto the cavern floor, Bradford Pothole Club in late May, and Craven Pothole Club in late August

Situated high on the moors above Grassington offering a fascinating insight into the unique geology of the area. A range of facilities are available including a gift shop and tea room.

White Scar cave Britain’s longest cave contains gushing streams, waterfalls, cave formations and a huge ice age cavern featuring thousands of stalactites. Facilities include cafe, shop and picnic areas with distant views towards the sea.

Alum Pot Located on the slopes of Ingleborough, above the hamlet of Selside (payment for the cave is required at the nearby farm). There is a great stream passage that can be explored with climbs and pools.

3 Counties System The longest and most complicated system in Britain - currently around 89km long it is possible to go underground in Yorkshire, pass under Lancashire and emerge in Cumbria.





























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How to get here

Yorkshire by air

Yorkshire by rail

International flights connect Yorkshire to the rest of the world, as well as UK flights from Aberdeen, Belfast, London Heathrow, Newquay and Southampton to Leeds Bradford Yorkshire’s Airport, Doncaster Sheffield Airport, Humberside Airport and Durham Tees Valley Airport.

Yorkshire’s cities and market towns are easy to get to from other parts of the country. Travel to Yorkshire with high-speed trains from either London or Edinburgh in less than two hours with LNER and Grand Central services. You can also get to Yorkshire by train from the North West with First TransPennine Express, who offer direct services into the county from Liverpool and Manchester. Northern Rail also offer direct services to Yorkshire from the North West.

Yorkshire by road Britain’s biggest and fastest highways cross Yorkshire, making getting here by car or by coach very simple. For details of the quickest (or the most scenic) driving routes see the AA or RAC websites and Plan a journey online with Arriva, who have buses running across Yorkshire on a regular basis.

Yorkshire by sea Ferry services to Hull and Newcastle link Yorkshire with Northern Europe. P&O Ferries operate overnight services to Hull from Rotterdam and Zeebrugge.


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