Yorkshire is England’s largest region with a huge variety of landscapes, cities, towns and villages. What unites them together is the people who are known for their welcoming attitude and straight forward talking.
This ranges from the shifting dunes of Spurn Point to the towering chalk cliffs of Flamborough Head. Many people come to Bridlington, Scarborough and Filey for their summer holidays on the miles of sandy beaches; others are attracted to the small fishing ports of Whitby, Staithes and Robin Hood’s Bay. The Humber estuary has the commercial port of Hull and 50 miles inland from the North Sea the river port of Goole.
There are two in Yorkshire: the North Yorkshire Moors and the Yorkshire Dales. The North Yorkshire Moors stretches from the coast inland and is characterised by quiet lanes leading to small villages set in deep valleys. The Yorkshire Dales is made up of a variety of lush river valleys that are quite different from one another and punctuated by the peaks of Pen Y Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty: The Wolds, Pennines, Vale of York & Peak District. The Wolds is a chalk upland area with rolling green hills, in contrast the Pennines is millstone grit country (forming the backbone of England) with deep river valleys. The Vale of York is a flat expanse that runs almost up the middle of Yorshire. The Peak District forms part of the Pennines and runs south from Sheffield.
Man has left his mark here for millennia – cup and ring stones on Ilkley Moor date back over 5,000 years. York is in itself a mini history of England dating back to Roman times. In that city and all over Yorkshire you’ll find castles, abbeys, medieval houses and stately homes.
West Yorkshire and South Yorkshire were the powerhouses of England’s Industrial Revolution. Coal and steel production were centred in South Yorkshire and textiles and engineering in West Yorkshire. This makes them no less interesting, as here you’ll find handloom weavers houses in hill top villages, towns that grew next to canals, the steam power used in the mills and railways and a town, Saltaire, built purposefully around a huge mill. The towns and cities are all very different from one another with the main cities of Leeds and Sheffield now cultural centres.