Yorkshire, England is a popular county to visit that offers a mix of historical charm, natural wild beauty, and quaint rural scenery and stunning landscapes. Yorkshire is such a picturesque part of England. It really is a country in a county. The ancient city of York, known for its impressive Minster and medieval streets is one of my favourite cities in England. The Yorkshire Moors National Park is beautiful with its heather-covered hills and vast moorlands. Heading west, the Yorkshire Dales National Park features rolling hills and charming villages. Countryside pure bliss.
I just love York. I have been two times and I can't get enough of this city with its mix of roman history, boutique shops and nice coffee shops and restaurants. Fossgate Merchant Quarters and Bishopthorpe Road (Bishy Road) are some really nice streets to visit. Read all about this vibrant city in my City Guide about York with a curated overview of the best places to visit and nice things to do with day trips too.
Heather-covered wild moors, headlands, picturesque coastal cliffs and pretty seaside villages, the North York Moors is such a beautiful National Park in Yorkshire, England.
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Castle Howard is a stately home in North Yorkshire, England located 15 miles north of York. It is a private residence and has been the home of the Carlisle branch of the Howard family for more than 300 years. Unfortunately it was closed when I wanted to visit. Malton, a charming market town nearby Castle Howard has a bustling market square and reputation as Yorkshire's food capital.
Tucked away in the picturesque North York Moors, Danby offers a tranquil escape, hosting the North York Moors National Park Centre. We stayed for two night at the Fox and Hounds pub. Nearby, the quaint villages of Egton and Egton Bridge are a perfect destination to hike aalong the River Esk. Helmsley is a lovely village to explore. Nearby, Rievaulx Abbey is a hauntingly beautiful Cistercian ruin. Tucked within the North York Moors, Rosedale Abbey is a picturesque village surrounded by rolling hills.
Staithes, a quaint fishing village on the North Yorkshire coast, enchants with its narrow winding streets, charming cottages, and rugged coastline. The village Runswick Bay is a hidden gem along the Yorkshire coast with a beautiful sandy beach framed by dramatic cliffs and traditional red-roofed cottages. Whitby, a historic seaside town, is renowned for its ancient abbey is a bit more touristy than the other seaside villages but still worth a visit. Robin Hood's Bay with its cobbled streets, historic smugglers' nooks, and sweeping sea views makes this historic fishing village a charming destination.
The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is a heritage steam railway that traverses the breathtaking landscapes of the North York Moors, offering passengers a nostalgic journey through charming stations and scenic vistas aboard meticulously preserved vintage locomotives.
Hiking Trails Yorkshire
Yorkshire in England has quite a few popular hiking trails, each offering unique landscapes and experiences.
The Yorkshire Three Peaks - 24 miles (39km)
This classic 24-mile circular walk covers the peaks of Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside, and Ingleborough are among the best-known hills in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
The circular walk Ribblehead Viaduct and Ingleborough Circular combines stunning views of the Ribblehead Viaduct with the challenge of ascending Ingleborough, one of the Yorkshire Three Peaks.
The Cleveland Way National Trail - 109 miles (175km)
The Cleveland Way is a long-distance footpath that combines coastal and inland sections, offering stunning views of the Yorkshire coastline and the North York Moors.
The Dales Way - 80 miles (129km)
Beginning in Ilkley in West-Yorkshire and ending in Bowness-on-Windermere in the Lake District, Cumbira. The Dales Way takes walkers through the Yorkshire Dales National Park, passing picturesque villages, rivers, and meadows.
The Esk Valley Walk - 37 miles (60km)
The Esk Valley Walk is a long distance footpath in North Yorkshire, England and offers a serene and scenic journey through the picturesque Esk Valley in the North York Moors. This long-distance trail meanders along the charming River Esk, passing through quaint villages, lush woodlands, and open moorlands.
The Pennine Way National Trail - 268 miles (435km)
Although the Pennine Way extends beyond Yorkshire, the section through the Yorkshire Dales is particularly popular.
Whitby to Robin Hood's Bay Walk - 7 miles (11.2km)
This coastal trail takes hikers along the cliffs from the historic town of Whitby to the charming Robin Hood's Bay, providing breathtaking views of the North Sea. This cliff top route follows a very popular section of the Cleveland Way.
The Yorkshire Wolds Way National Trail - 79 miles (127km)
Starting in Hessle and ending in Filey, The Wolds Way showcases the beauty of the Yorkshire Wolds, combining rolling hills, woodlands, and charming villages.