Brimful of drama and natural beauty
Blessed with not just one but two National Parks, Yorkshire has more than its fair share of pristine countryside and spectacular landscapes. The Yorkshire Dales National Park is famous for verdant valleys and fertile farmland all contained within a latticework of rugged dry stone walls.
This is a landscape that demands to be explored on foot or by bike – on or off-road – ambling or riding from village to village. A warm welcome awaits you in the many cafes and pubs that are such a big part of the appeal of the Dales.
Right at the northern tip of the National Park lie the Howgills, a compact range of hills that would be far better known if they weren’t eclipsed by the Lakeland Fells across the border in Cumbria. Recently added in a north-easterly extension to the National Park, the Howgills rise to more than 2000ft. The summits offer sumptuous vistas of both the Lakeland Fells and the Yorkshire Dales.
The Dales also form the backdrop for one of the UK’s most popular and enduring outdoor charity challenges – the famous Yorkshire 3 Peaks – a 24-mile, 5,500ft 12-hour epic traversing the roof of the county. Thousands of people take part every year and while it’s an achievable challenge for anyone prepared to put in a bit of training, the physical demands should never be underestimated.
Yorkshire does market towns exceedingly well. Friendly Yorkshire towns like Skipton, Hawes and Settle boast a whole host of cafes, pubs, restaurants and bars in which to replace all those calories lost in the excitement of exploring under your own steam… or in which you can simply relax on an exquisitely indulgent lost weekend.