Choosing Self Catering Accommodation in Yorkshire There is nothing more satisfying than escaping to the heart of the countryside to experience nature at its most breathtaking, working up an appetite on some of the country's best walking routes, tucking into some hearty local fayre and relaxing afterwards in a cosy cottage. Yorkshire allows us to do all of this and more. This is the land of green valleys, lush meadows, dry stone walls and limestone crags, dotted with gentle picture-postcard villages, tea rooms and working farms and set against a backdrop of towering peaks.
The North Yorkshire Moors
Stretching from the high plateaux of the North to the deep valleys of the South, the North Yorkshire Moors abound with scenic beauty and opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. Challenging walks such as The Cleveland Way from Helmsley to Filey, or the Lyke Wake Walk from Scarth Wood Moor to Ravenscar are particularly beautiful when the heather is in bloom in August and September. There are a whole host of attractions to see en route, including Helmsley Castle, Mount Grace Priory, Rievaulx Abbey and Byland Abbey. Wildlife enthusiasts will marvel at the strength and power of the birds of prey displayed at the Falconry Centre at Kirby Wiske in Thirsk. Further displays of these amazing birds can be enjoyed at Thorp Perrow Arboretum, which is especially stunning in October with the Japanese maples in full autumnal splendour. For a fun-packed day of challenge and excitement, take the treetop assault course at Aerial Extreme in Bedale; an excellent day out for the whole family. The Eastern boundary of the North Yorkshire Moors ends in the spectacular rugged coastline of the North-East of England. Take a walk from the bustling seaside town of Whitby to the tranquil clifftop town of Robin Hoods Bay. With its hidden fossils, tides and rockpools, it is nothing short of a seaside treat.
The Yorkshire Dales
The nature of the landscape in the Yorkshire Dales gives rise to some spectacular natural features which make walking here so enjoyable and memorable. At Ingleton, the spectacular waterfalls trail winds its way through deep glens and ravines to open moorland with surprises around every corner. South East of here at Malham Cove and Gordale Scar, walkers can enjoy some of the most interesting limestone scenery in the Dales and are often lucky enough to spot Peregrine falcons soaring overhead. Beneath the surface, the Dales are carved by an intricately beautiful range of caves and grottoes, many of which are open to the public, such as Stump Cross Caverns near Pateley Bridge. Walkers seeking a real challenge in the Dales might want to consider the three peak challenge of Ingleborough, Penyghent and Whereside, or for a more gentle stroll, visit Bolton Abbey in Wharfedale, a popular beauty spot with lovely riverside walks.
Other places of interest in Yorkshire
Central to both the Dales and the North-York moors is the majestic city of York, with a wealth of cultural heritage, great interactive museums and its centerpiece, historic York Minster. To the West, the lovely spa town of Harrogate is renowned for its town centre greenery and its colourful gardens, while its Victorian Turkish baths offer a rare, unpretentious experience for cleansing the body and the mind. For those interested in England's literary heritage, a trip to Haworth is an opportunity to set foot in the world of the Bronte sisters by visiting the Parsonage where the girls grew up and wrote
their endearing novels.
Types of accommodation on offer
Your accommodation in Yorkshire is as much a part of your holiday as the delights of the countryside. With a wide selection of cosy properties radiating warmth and character, you are sure to find your own shangri-la. You will find a stunning selection of traditional stone cottages on offer, often with wood burning stoves and mullion windows. Other holiday lets may be stunning barn conversions with original sneck doors and stone flagged floors. Many of these still belong to working farms where you may even be lucky enough to share in the daily duties of farm life, watching the milking, lambing and sheep shearing. Large families may wish to consider a stay in a large country house, together with original maid bells, or there is also the option of stylish log homes built from mature pine and with built-in eco-friendly features.
Considerations when choosing rental accommodation in Yorkshire
Deciding on your ideal holiday home is something which deserves a lot of thought, consideration and advance planning. It is advisable to read reviews of your chosen property before committing yourself, and ideally discuss your preferences with the owner, to ensure that you make the right choice. Yorkshire covers a large geographical area and it may be sensible to pinpoint your chosen property on a map and ensure that it lies within reach of all the attractions you wish to visit during your holiday. Finally, ensure that each member of your family or party is happy with the choice and that you will have the necessary space for a relaxed and enjoyable stay.
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