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Sweeping moorland, ancient dry-stone walls and an inspiring coast, all offset by a rich industrial heritage and strong regional identity; you can expect this and more when on a cottage holiday in Yorkshire.
Brilliantly historical and blessed with wild beauty, locals refer to Yorkshire as “God’s Own Country”. After a holiday here, you’ll understand why. Yorkshire offers an inimitable mix of rugged green countryside, a lengthy stretch of beautiful coastline and a unique collection of market towns, villages and cities that are as old-world as they are modern.
Wherever you find yourself on your Yorkshire cottage experience, whether it’s Whitby, Bradford, Saltaire or Pickering, you can expect the finest of ales, the very best of puddings and a warm Yorkshire welcome.
If you’re keen on fresh air, lovely harbours and sandy beaches, with some fish and chips and a lovely brew thrown in for good measure, book a luxury, pet-friendly or rustic cottage break in one of the many seaside towns and villages that make up the Yorkshire Coast. For a family holiday, make it Scarborough. For natural beauty, it has to be Robin Hood’s Bay. And for bygone wonder, opt for the former fishing port of Staithes. Other highly recommended coastal options include Bridlington, Saltburn, Filey and Ravenscar.
For a greener, hillier and altogether more pastoral experience that is as far removed from the everyday as you can get, Yorkshire is unrivalled. The North York Moors – approximately 20 miles north of York – is great for scenic rambling; the Yorkshire Dales offers a mix of natural wonders like its cave systems and historic sites like Middleham Castle; while the Peak District has ample attractions to keep you busy (Chatsworth House for one). After a day out, return to your cottage, light up the log fire and relax.
Scattered throughout all of Yorkshire you’ll find charming market towns, quaint villages and bustling cities that collectively reflect the region’s outstanding diversity. If you’re a foodie, Yorkshire’s ‘Food Capital’ Malton is an absolute must for your cottage holiday. Knaresborough, meanwhile, is perfect for a day trip, with the famous Mother Shipton’s Cave a particular highlight. Wherever you pick, rest assured you’ll almost always be within easy walking distance of a proper pub.
When it comes to cities, you’re spoilt for choice, too. Leeds, a top shopping destination, is trendier than ever; Sheffield, once known as The Steel City, is a known for its independent brewers and live music; York is full of charm and history, from iconic Bettys tea rooms to the Jorvik Viking Centre; and Hull, UK City of Culture, 2017–2020, is a quiet revelation.
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