Why You Should Rent a Holiday Cottage in Yorkshire
The county of the Dales and Moors, with a sliver of the Peak District in the south and a stunning coastline to the east. A part of the country renowned for its proud, no-nonsense attitude to life – but whose energetic cities can do craft beer and pop-up shops with the best of them. Take a holiday cottage in Yorkshire and you have 6,000 square miles of ‘God’s own country’ to explore – and we guarantee it’s a challenge you’ll enjoy.
Like your countryside green and pleasant? Try a section of the Yorkshire Wolds Way, which winds through chalk hills and pretty little villages. In the Dales, you can find green pastures, heather-covered moorland and even cave systems – White Scar Cave, a trove of waterfalls and fascinating rock formations, is a year-round family attraction. For wilder walks, look for a holiday cottage near the North York Moors, or in Bronte Country, the rugged part of the Pennines that inspired the literary sisters’ novels.
A Spectacular Coastline
Start in the south with Bridlington, a classic seaside resort complete with sandy beach and promenade. To the north are the cliffs of Flamborough Head, home to a huge colony of gannets – an all-round paradise for bird lovers. And the stretch of coast on the east edge of the North York Moors has gem after gem. Head to Whitby for traditional fish and chips (try the legendary Magpie Cafe), or lose your heart to the picture-postcard fishing town Robin Hood’s Bay.
Big and little kids will love Jorvik Viking Centre – it takes visitors back 1,000 years, recreating the streets of the Viking age in vivid (and smelly) detail. You’ll find another meticulously recreated street – this time from the Victorian era, complete with ornate shopfronts and actors in period costume – at York Castle Museum. And between the two lies the spectacular York Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral in the country. They’re all in the Old Town, a maze of winding streets with the River Ouse cutting through it – a fantastic place to lose yourself for an afternoon.
Great Beers and Delicious Cheese
While the county is traditionally famous for its bitter, there are new craft breweries here too – look out for the ever-imaginative Magic Rock and the award-winning Ilkley Brewery, whose Siberia uses another famous Yorkshire product: rhubarb, grown in the ‘triangle’ between Wakefield, Morley and Rothwell. Cheese lovers will want to try traditional Wensleydale – Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes has been this crumbly, clean-tasting delicacy for 100 years, and welcomes visitors.
A cottage in Yorkshire is the perfect family holiday. For exhilarating days out, try the Lightwater Valley theme park or Cannon Hall Farm, a blend of animal attractions and amazing adventure playgrounds. And there’s more for animal lovers at The Deep, a state-of-the-art aquarium in Hull, and Yorkshire Wildlife Park, home to Britain’s only on-foot safari. Finally, get a different perspective on the landscape of the Dales with a ride on the world-famous Settle-Carlisle steam railway.