12 Idyllic Spots in Yorkshire to Seek Out

12 Idyllic Spots in Yorkshire to Seek Out
We were both anticipating this house sit, Prue because she was obsessed about owning two Westie’s for a month and myself because we were in the heart of many famous British places: The Yorkshire Moors, Yorkshire Dales, coastal towns and in the far distance, the Lake District.
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We never knew we’d find so many Idyllic spots in Yorkshire.
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Everyday, after our morning cuddles with those white fluffy pups, we packed them into the backseat for an adventure. North, south, east and west we travelled any distance to reach Yorkshire’s most beautiful places. Our aim was to hike parts of the Pennine Way and seek out wild moors and gloomy castles. We also made several plans to meet up with some very old friends. Both Prue and I caught up with people we haven’t seen in ten years or more, a girl that Prue met in Borneo and one I worked with on a banana farm in Australia.
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Most evenings we’d take a community walk with our dog-owning neighbours. There we’d gossip about the weather, our recents outings and get tips for new ones. Sometimes we bailed because we, and the dogs, were exhausted.
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I couldn’t look back more fondly on these three weeks, not only for our surroundings but because Prue was right. Little Oz and Seb made our time here so special. We unwittingly fell in love with those faces who so eagerly jumped on our bed for morning cuddles, growled at one another for attention and needed carrying over large steps/stiles or when they were simply tired. We certainly have a new breed of dog in mind for when we settle down that’s for sure.
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Because we did spend so much of our time in Yorkshire, I’ve decided to share our favourite places as a list.
So here goes…
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12 Idyllic Spots in Yorkshire

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North York Moors National Park

One of the UK’s largest heather moorland, The North York Moors National Park stretches from central England to its eastern coastline.
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Roseberry Topping - - Idyllic Spots in Yorkshire - hiking
1. Roseberry Topping and Captain Cook’s Monument.
The half-coned summit of Roseberry Topping makes it the most distinctive peak in Yorkshire. It’s only 320 m high but offers incredible views over the Cleveland plain and because of this it’s a popular route for walkers. The hill has been linked to Bronze and Iron Age settlements and overlooks Great Ayton village, the childhood village of Captain James Cook. The National Trust’s 7.5 mile (12 km) hiking loop takes you to the summit, through Great Ayton, across wild moorland and past Captain Cook’s Monument, what more could you want.
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 Staithes - Idyllic Spots in Yorkshire
2. Coastal Village of Staithes (and the Coastal Path to Runswick Bay)
Seaside villages don’t come any quainter than Staithes. At the close of the 19th Century it was one of north east England’s largest fishing port. Today fishing is more of a hobby than an industry, crab catchers still line the docks and several small boats shelter in the beck (stream) that runs alongside the village. Staithes’ cluster of houses line up unceremoniously along its narrow streets but it’s more artistic than chaotic. In 1745 Captain Cook ended his grocers apprenticeship here to become a seaman, gaining his experience from this town before joining the Royal Navy.
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Coastal Path to Runswick Bay Idyllic Spots in Yorkshire
Staithes is so full of character that walking through the cobbled streets feels like stepping back in time. We opted to walk beyond the village and follow the cliff line to the south, towards Port Mulgrave and Runswick Bay. It was a walk filled with incredible views, it’s no wonder Captain Cook found his inspiration here.
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 Whitby - Idyllic Spots in Yorkshire
3. Coastal town of Whitby
Whitby was a place I was yearning to see but we didn’t stay for long. It was a sunny bank holiday with huge crowds and too many cars to find a parking space. Nevertheless I saw enough to know why it’s so popular. Red-brick buildings lining the banks of the River Esk and backed by cliffs, a pasture and the imposing ruins of Whitby Abbey. I’ll be back.
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Yorkshire Dales National Park

This upland area of the Pennine Way inspired us to take some stunning hikes and drive amongst some incredibly quaint stone villages in order to reach waterfalls, limestone crags and viaducts.
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.Aysgarth Falls - - Idyllic Spots in Yorkshire
4. Aysgarth Falls
A gentle walk past several waterfalls that can be extended into undulating pastures and around Bolton Castle.
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 Keld to Muker (via the Pennine Way)- Idyllic Spots in Yorkshire
5. Keld to Muker (via the Pennine Way)
Keld and Muker are quaint villages on opposite side of Swaledale, one of the parks most northern dales. A 6 mile (10km) circular loop follows the banks of the River Swale one way, passing several waterfalls. On the return it joins the Pennine Way to dizzying heights, following a scar half way up the Kisdon Hill. There are so many breathtaking moments on this walk it’s hard to choose a favourite. The birds eye view of the River Swale and the rolling hills surrounding Muker are unforgettable.
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 Malham Cove lookout - Idyllic Spots in Yorkshire
6. Malham Cove (via the Pennine Way)
Malham cove is an enormous arc of limestone created from water pouring from the shelf at the end of the Ice Age. At 80m high this “scar” is one of the most impressive and popular places on the Pennine Way. At the top of the cove is the limestone pavement, a surface of irregular and ill-fitting slabs of exposed limestone torn apart by freeze thaw. This is one of the best examples of a limestone pavement in the UK.
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Ribblehead Viaduct - Idyllic Spots in Yorkshire 7. Ribblehead Viaduct
The Ribblehead Viaduct was first opened in 1875. It provides an easy passage across the valley of the River Ribble at Ribblehead. Now that is a mouthful. It’s an iconic sight and from the road it’s only a short stroll to be able to measure yourself against those giant archways.
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 Twisleton Scar - Idyllic Spots in Yorkshire
8. Twisleton Scar
At Twisleton the limestone scar not only protrudes through the surface of the dale but several gnarly and windswept trees now grow between them. It’s particularly gloomy and therefore a great testimonial to the moody weather of the dales.
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Towns in Yorkshire, Idyllic Spots in Yorkshire

Unique Towns in Yorkshire

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.Richmond - Idyllic Spots in Yorkshire
9. Richmond
A stunning old town with a big ruined castle, loads of little stone bridges and a river running around the edge. What’s not to love about Richmond.
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.Knaresborough- Idyllic Spots in Yorkshire
10. Knaresborough
We came here on a whim to meet one of Prue’s friends whom she hasn’t seen in over 10 years. We were grateful that we did. Not only did we have the best company but the imposing arches of Knaresborough’s viaduct over the River Nidd is a majestic sight. We’d have gone boating if it wasn’t quite so cold! The “Ye Olde Chymist Shoppe” in the town centre is reputedly England’s oldest chemist’s shop but now it’s filled with old English sweets.
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.Kirkby Stephen, Idyllic Spots in Yorkshire
11. Kirkby Stephen
When it was my turn to catch up with friends I hadn’t seen in years they recommended another idyllic riverside location. Kirkby Stephen has been a small market town since the 1300’s and today it’s a beautiful place to stroll beside the River Eden, sit in its ancient square and have the most amazing catch up in one of its authentic bars. The local Black Sheep Ale went down nicely too.
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York Cathedral, Idyllic Spots in Yorkshire
12. York
The weather might not have been on our side but we couldn’t miss out on visiting York, it’s too iconic. Although I must confess the mound of York Castle is nowhere near as big as I remember. With it’s crumbling outer walls, cobbled alleyways and imposing York Minister, York will always be one of England’s most impressive places.
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 Bamburgh, ultimate British road trip.+ Bamburgh 
OK, it’s a bit too North to be in Yorkshire but we drove to Bamburgh for some beach play beside its castle with our favourite Scottish family 😀
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… And I can’t leave out those little Westies who were the best company finding all these idyllic spots in Yorkshire
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Rebecca Mayoll is a ‘just turned 30’ freelance writer and photographer from England. She is the co-founder and author of straightondetour.com, a travel website with the mantra ‘find your own adventure.’ Promoting adventurous destinations, independent travel and giving a humorous insight to the World of travel is what Becky does best.

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