How to make the most of Yorkshire

Discover the exhilarating activities to be experienced in Yorkshire’s diverse and fascinating landscapes and wild outdoors.

How to make the most of Yorkshire

Hayley on Jul 31, 2015

Yorkshire covers such a diverse landscape that in turn offers a wealth of fun and exploration to be had. With miles and miles of unspoilt countryside, national parks, sparkling lakes and majestic tors and views it can be hard to choose what to do first. We have made this task easier for you and compiled a bucket list for you to try and tick off during your holiday in the area.

Walking

Walking in Yorkshire is an opportunity not to be missed, from heather clad hills to wooded valleys you will find a walk tailored to your requirements and ability. Yorkshire is a treasure trove for walks and hikes, if it is a romantic stroll you are after, a visit to Dalby Forest is the perfect escape with 18 miles of walking trails entwining through over 8000 acres of woodland, with the opportunity to spot some roe deer and rare birdlife, it really is a world away from it all.

If you are looking for a more challenging walk, then heading to the Malham Tarn Upland Farm Walk will provide you with miles of walking pleasure. This beautiful spot is home to areas of ancient limestone, upland hill farms as well as a bird hide in which you can look out for great crested grebe, tufted duck, pochard, widgeon, teal, goosander and occasionally, hen harrier.

Cycling

The dramatic landscapes of Yorkshire have been attracting cyclists for years, and with so many lovely villages and towns to explore there are plenty of delightful spots to stop and have a break whilst discovering some of the fascinating history of the area.

Cycling is a lovely way to explore the area, you get to see more in a shorter period of time, feel more in touch with the countryside and fully deserve that piece of cake at the end of the route. The whole of Yorkshire provides spectacular scenic cycling opportunities, from gentle routes in the valleys to some challenging climbs over the moorland.

If you are a cycling novice then The Cinder Track is a good place to start, it is one of the most remarkable trails in the north of Yorkshire, running alongside the North Yorkshire Heritage Coast following a disused railway line from Whitby to Scarborough. This peaceful route is a great place to get your bearings due to the safe surroundings, it is out of the way and encompassed by trees and birds.

Adrenaline Sports

If you are after some salt water action, then why not spend a day getting active on one of Yorkshire’s award winning beaches instead. What better way to enjoy a sunny day than by spending it out on the water. Quiet and unspoiled Cayton Bay is the perfect destination if you fancy trying your hand at surfing, the best surfing spots along this coast line are The Point and the Pump House, suitable for both beginners and the more experienced. Before hitting the water on your own it’s a good idea to take a few lessons with the professionals, surfing lessons are available in nearby Scarborough at the Fluid Concept Surf School.

The Yorkshire Dales has an impressive amount of waterfalls, gills and rivers, so if you are looking for a spot to do some wild swimming, this is the perfect destination. Try the pools, waterfalls and jumps below Stainforth Force, on the Ribble, north of Settle or Lake Semerwater for some delightful and peaceful water filled spots.

If you are staying near the Yorkshire coast, it would be a fantastic opportunity missed if you don’t get the chance to sample some exhilarating water sports. Coasteering and sea kayaking are two activities on offer in the area. The section of coast line around Flamborough Head provides some of the most spectacular canoeing on the north-east coast, with vertical chalk cliffs eroded to form natural arches and sea caves, some of which require a torch to be fully explored.

As sea kayaking can lead you through some strong currents, it is best to undergo some training before you head out on your own, Rock Steady Adventure offer sea kayak training experiences from Ruswarp to Whitby on the river Esk – it will place you at a perfect vantage point to do some bird spotting.

Yorkshire holidays

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