Yorkshire's Hidden Gems
Published: Tuesday 21st May 2019
Written by: Louise Burtt
As a truly local brand, with offices and team members dotted throughout Yorkshire, we thought we'd use our local knowledge to let you in on a few hidden secrets that you could discover on your next visit to Yorkshire.
Helmsley Walled Garden and Cafe suggested by Michelle our Portfolio Manager
If you love gardens and plants then start off with a walk around the stunning walled gardens, it’s a place you can visit time and time again as the gardens change with the seasons. There is inspiration for all gardens, small or large and a fantastic array of flowers and plants to admire, seating areas provide space to sit and reflect and just take time out in peaceful tranquillity. When you have finished there is a plant shop to stock up and put your new found gardening ideas into practice at home. The icing on the cake (sorry about the pun) is the best café in Helmsley, it’s worth visiting for the treacle tart alone. All baking is homemade and you’ll find some really unusual lunch dishes all served within a Victorian greenhouse or sit outside looking over the gardens.
Northwood Trail, England's Fairy Sanctuary (near York) suggested by Louise our Marketing Assistant
Something exciting is stirring in the Yorkshire woods and you'll be able to see it from 4th June this year. This brand new visitor attraction unlike any other in England is opening in Buttercrambe near York and includes a beautiful woodland trail filled with fairy tree houses, a willow maze and a fairy museum. There's also the Northwood Kitchen, a unique cafe under the trees serving delicious natural food and drinks; a magical place to eat lunch or enjoy an organic coffee.
Saltwick Bay Beach (near Whitby), suggested by Catherine our Head of Housekeeping
Located off a quiet lane behind Whitby Abbey, close to Whitby Holiday Park this is a true hidden gem. Here you will get the feel of a private beach, but it is actually open to the public and there are no restrictions for dogs so your four-legged friend can join in the fun too. When the tide is all the way out you can walk around the scar at Saltwick to Tate Hill Beach in Whitby, the views are just stunning and it has the added bonus of being a sun trap too. Keep your eyes peeled you may even find a fossil or two.
Boggle Hole (near Robin Hood's Bay) suggested by Joe our Managed Services Supervisor
From Robin Hood's Bay why not walk along to discover the smuggler's cove of Boggle Hole, which can be reached via the beach at low tide or by the cliff path. Take some fresh fish with you from the local fishmonger, Bay Fisheries in Robin Hood's Bay and have a fish barbecue! But make sure you check the tide times as you don't want to get caught out. Alternatively there is a lovely dog-friendly walkers cafe set in the old mill next to the youth hostel which offers delicious treats and has a woodburning stove to warm you up when the weather is cooler.
Dry Valleys of Thixendale (Yorkshire Wolds) suggested by Louise our Marketing Assistant
If you love to get out and about exploring new places then why not discover the picturesque dry chalk valleys of the beautiful area of Thixendale. You could also stop by the idyllic village of Thixendale for a refreshing pint in the local pub, the Cross Keys or a hot drink and sweet treat in the lovely tea rooms. For more details on the walk visit https://where2walk.co.uk/walking_blog/15-hidden-gems/
Aysgarth Edwardian Rock Garden (Aysgarth) suggested by Kirsty our Marketing Manager
This glorious Grade II listed rock garden is a walk through grotto hidden away in the village of Aysgarth in the Yorkshire Dales. Alpine streams cascade down the limestone rocks past beautiful flora and fauna and lead to an open south facing lawned area which provides wonderful views of the adjacent fields. There's also a lovely tea rooms opposite where you can enjoy a spot of lunch before possibly moving on to explore the nearby Aysgarth Falls.
Midsummer Bash (Hawes) suggested by Gemma our Managed Services Supervisor
Why not get your glitter and face gems out and join in the fun at this fantastic charity event. Midsummer Bash on Saturday 6th July is an outdoor music festival like no other, all set on Hawes Community Field in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. There's a host of live bands, a DJ, beer tent, food vans, children's face painting and games, fireworks, and every year there is a surprise at the end! It's a great family event and is pretty much Hawes' version of Glastonbury.
Riverside Walks from the Cover Bridge Inn (near Middleham) suggested by Wendy our Property Recruiter
This lovely picturesque walk in the countryside of mid Wensleydale takes you along the riverbank and through the stunning meadows and fields of sheep and cows all the way into Jervaulx Abbey. If you're bringing your dog on your Yorkshire break with you too they would love it here and there's fortunately a fabulous tea room at the end; the only problem is walking back after lots of cake!