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Come to the North of England for a holiday at one of our many coastal self-catering holiday cottages. We have a collection of North of England cottages that place you close to breathtaking views and stunning scenery. Whether it’s the beaches of Northumberland, the mountains of the Lake District or the romantic windswept vistas of the Yorkshire Dales and Moors, there’s beauty unlimited in the North just waiting to be discovered.
Stay at a holiday cottage in the Lake District; this is where you will find England’s only mountains, and its longest and deepest lakes. It’s a wild place of pristine beauty and it offers some of the finest challenges for outdoor sports enthusiasts. There are lots of walking trails, and places to enjoy that include activities such as climbing, mountain biking, wild swimming, canoeing, kayaking and running. The Lake District is home to some of the UK’s oldest ruins too, as well as pretty lakeside towns like Ambleside, and Windermere.
The Lake District is home to many popular visitor attractions that include the former home of Beatrix Potter at Hilltop, Lake Windermere Lake Cruises, Haverthwaite Steam Railway, and the Lakes Aquarium. Keswick is home to the Pencil Museum, and the Keswick Launch Co. where you can enjoy boat rides on Derwentwater. If you love literature, walk in the footsteps of William Wordsworth at Dove Cottage, Rydal Mount, and around other important sites in and around Grasmere. You can find out even more about the Lake District in our useful blogs that cover each of thelakes, walks, waterfalls, best beaches, kayaking, and castles to name a few.
Lancashire is a superb holiday destination if you adore wide open spaces. Characterised by its prominent role during the Industrial Revolution, there are lots of old mills and foundries dotted about in the Lancashire Dales to see. At the coast you will find the bright lights and fun kitsch of Blackpool and gorgeous Morecambe Bay with its endless sandy beaches. The Trough of Bowland and Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) are highlights of the Lancashire countryside as it gives way to the rolling Yorkshire Dales. Head to the market towns of Burnley and Clitheroe for local produce and an authentic slice of Lancashire life.
Lancashire is packed with interesting visitor attractions and beauty spots to visit. We suggest you plan day (and night) trips to Blackpool during the autumn in order to see the town’s famous illuminations, or during the summer so you can visit Blackpool Tower, Blackpool Tramway, the Pleasure Beach, and Blackpool Zoo in all their sunny glory. Elsewhere in the county you can enjoy the history of Lancaster Castle, the majesty of Townley Hall, and the great views of Williamson Park. If you are a walker, pick up Alfred Wainwright’s Coast to Coast trail that climbs up and over the Yorkshire Dales from the lowlands of the Trough of Bowland to St Bees in the west and Robin Hood’s Bay in the east.
Yorkshire is so vast that it’s made up of four constituent parts named after the points of the compass. North Yorkshire is home to the North York Moors National Park, the Howardian Hills AONB and a gorgeous swathe of coastline that encompasses some traditional English seaside resorts such as Scarborough and Whitby, as well as quaint fishing villages like Staithes, and Robin Hood’s Bay.
East Yorkshire is home to Flamborough Head, one of England’s best-loved bird reserves, as well as the happening city of Hull and the ancient and historical York. South Yorkshire is where you will find the fringes of the Peak District National Park and the city of Sheffield. The Yorkshire Dales and the Nidderdale AONB dominate West Yorkshire, separating the former industrial towns and cities such as Halifax, Bradford, and Leeds from Manchester (in Lancashire) which is situated over the other side of the mighty Pennines. Some of the most challenging walking trails in the British Isles are found in Yorkshire’s national parks and AONBs.
Beauty spots and fun day trip attractions across Yorkshire offer endless options of how to spend your time on your holiday. Choose between seasonal trips to Yorkshire Lavender to view their gorgeous purple fields each spring and summer, or if you are there during the winter take your family to Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland. Other attractions present physical appeal like the Three Peak Walk, or the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail. Consider seeking out natural landmarks and historical places of interest such as the Settle-Carlisle Railway, the World of James Heriot, Malham Cove, the National Coal Mining Museum, Yorkshire Cathedral, the Yorkshire Dales Mining Museum, Aysgarth Falls, and the Wensleydale Dairy. You can find out even more about Yorkshire in our useful blogs that cover walks, doggy days out, things to do, days out with kids, and places to eat to name a few.
Northumberland is one of the largest and prettiest, yet emptiest counties in the UK. Meeting the border with Scotland, you can visit many remnants of the Roman Empire, such as the mighty Hadrian’s Wall. All along the coast you will encounter a succession of beautiful castles that include Alnwick and Bamburgh, which have been used to great effect in some very famous films. Elsewhere in Northumberland you could visit the cathedral city of Durham, which is brimming with history. For another city day out, albeit a contrasting one, head into the vibrant Newcastle-upon-Tyne, the cultural centre of the North East of England. Inland, you will find the beautiful Northumberland National Park, and Kielder Forest Park which both offer fantastic outdoor spaces to uncover and give visitors scope for lots of outdoor sporting pursuits.
As Northumberland is a great place for a holiday full of outdoor adventure, it follows that there is also a cornucopia of ancient historical sites to visit. Seeking out natural beauty should also be high up on your list of priorities, as Northumberland is home to some lovely open spaces where you can enjoy bird spotting like the Farne Islands, or the Northumberland Coast AONB. Buildings of historical interest bolster the number of grand castles and day trips can be enjoyed at the Roman outpost of Vindolanda, the Elizabethan Town Walls at Berwick-upon-Tweed, the Alnwick Garden, Paxton House, Lindisfarne Priory and so much more. You can find out even more about Yorkshire in our useful blogs that cover in detail things to do, castles, "towns and villages, days out and more.
A holiday at one of our self-catering coastal holiday cottages in the North of England is a memorable experience whether you are planning a romantic getaway with your loved one, or a holiday with a group of friends. You can even bring your dog along to more than half of our holiday cottages; visit our collection of dog-friendly cottages in the North of England to discover your perfect place. We also offer luxury, and family-friendly properties in our range, so why not browse our holiday homes online today to feel inspired? Book your next trip to coastal North of England today.