A Weekend in Yorkshire
Published: Wednesday 11th Sep 2019
Written by: Louise Burtt
Just a few days in Yorkshire will leave you refreshed, relaxed and ready to tell friends and family what a great time you've had.
So if I was spending a weekend away in Yorkshire what would I do?
I'd discover more about wonderful Yorkshire at some of its fascinating and diverse heritage sites. Helmsley Castle and Walled Garden, the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes and The Ryedale Folk Museum in the quaint village of Hutton Le Hole on the North York Moors are some of my favourites. If I was visiting the Yorkshire Coast then a trip to The Captain Cook Museum in Whitby and Scarborough Castle would be on the cards.
I'd spend time with my family, young and old, enjoying some of Yorkshire's amazing theme parks and visitor attractions. There's so much fun to be had throughout Yorkshire but some of my favourite places are the Jorvik Viking Centre in York, the Sea Life Centre in Scarborough and the traditional amusement arcades in some of Yorkshire's wonderful seaside towns. For exhilarating rides I'd spend a day at Lightwater Valley theme park near Ripon or Flamingo Land theme park near Malton. Or for a more unique attraction I'd explore the labyrinth of tunnels and walkways at The Forbidden Corner in Leyburn Yorkshire Dales.
I'd put on my walking boots, get out and about and discover Yorkshire's wealth of natural beauty. On my way for a walk along the glorious sandy beach at Saltburn-by-the-Sea I'd stop off on the North York Moors for a wander around the reservoir at Scaling Dam, or I'd venture over to Flamborough Head to spot puffins and other fascinating wildlife. Over in Bronte Country I'd walk the Pennine Way to Top Withens and explore the inspiration for Wuthering Heights.
I'd indulge in my love of art and discover an array of creativity throughout Yorkshire. From the breathtaking sculptures at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park to the fine art on display at the Mercer Gallery in Harrogate and the constantly changing selection of local art at The Herriot Gallery in Hawes. Located within beautiful settings the Inspired By gallery at The North York Moors National Park Centre, the Pannett Park Art Gallery in Whitby, the canal-side gallery of Mill Bridge in Skipton and The Station in Richmond set within a beautiful riverside Victorian railway building are also all well worth a visit.
You can't come to Yorkshire without treating yourself to some of the amazing local produce on offer in the boutique shops, market stalls and delicatessens across the region. I personally love the unique pieces of jewellery crafted using black Whitby Jet, so I'd head to Whitby's old town cobbled streets to find my favourite piece. I'd then browse some of the local markets and delicatessens to pick up some homemade delicacies to enjoy back in my cottage after a busy day out and about. Two of my favourite Yorkshire delis have to be Weetons in Harrogate and Hunters of Helmsley. I also love browsing the little market in Leyburn, held every Friday, as well as the handmade chocolates from Inspired Chocolate.
I know holidays are meant to be relaxing but I always find I need something to blow the cobwebs away on my break, so I'd head to Dalby Forest in the North York Moors and enjoy a walk or ride along one of its numerous trails. There's also a Go Ape treetop challenge there if you're feeling adventurous. The Cinder Track from Whitby to Scarborough is another favourite of mine for a bike ride or walk, taking in some beautiful scenery and coastal villages such as Robin Hoods Bay and Ravenscar along the way. If you're looking for something a bit more exhilarating then How Stean Gorge near Harrogate is great for gorge walking, potholing and rock climbing, or Camphill Estate Bedale has quad biking, clay pigeon shooting, 4x4 off road driving experiences and zip wires.
As a bit of a "foodie" a weekend away for me is often centred around good food, whether it be tea and cake in the afternoon or a slap up meal in the evening. For delicious homemade cakes I'd head to KTea's Tearoom in Leyburn, Botham's in Whitby and of course the famous Bettys tearooms. A visit to the Yorkshire Coast wouldn't be complete without fish and chips from The Magpie Cafe or Trenchers in Whitby. For a special occasion I'd definitely choose to dine at the 3AA rosette restaurant at Yorebridge House in Bainbridge, The Angel at Hetton near Skipton or the Michelin-starred Black Swan at Oldstead. And for something a bit different there's also the fantastic Pullman dining train, where you can enjoy afternoon tea or dinner on board the North York Moors Steam Railway.
Yorkshire is well known for its brewing tradition and you can enjoy many a brewery tour around the region at the Black Sheep Brewery in Ripon, Theakston Brewery in Masham and the Cropton Brewery on the North York Moors, amongst many others. If you're after a pint with a view then The Lion Inn at Blakey Ridge on the North York Moors has scenery on another level, but be careful not to get cut off by snow if visiting in winter! The Green Dragon Inn Hardraw is also worth stopping off at on the way to visiting the stunning Hardraw Force waterfall. I myself prefer a G&T or a cocktail, so I'd have to recommend somewhere like the Moon & Sixpence which overlooks the beautiful harbour in Whitby.
Whether it's a long weekend away or a mid-week refresher we've got plenty of great cottages for you to choose from. Find your short break now.