The best places in Yorkshire (part 1, 20 photos)

I was born in Yorkshire, still live there now and have lived in the county for most of my life.

It has a population equal to that of Scotland’s and covers an area half the size of Belgium. It has a flag of its own (a white rose on a blue background) and its own day of celebration, Yorkshire Day (1st August).

Yorkshire is undeniably one of the most beautiful areas in Britain. The county boasts two national parks (the North Yorkshire Moors and The Yorkshire Dales) as well as three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (Nidderdale, the Howardian Hills and the North Pennines). It’s a very diverse area with a dramatic coastline made up of golden, sandy beaches, coastal resorts and rugged clifftops. Inland there are historic cities, abbey ruins, craggy castles, classical gardens, steep-sided valleys, heather-clad moors, pretty market towns, limestone scars, swift flowing rivers and spectacular waterfalls.

In addition, Yorkshire has over two thousand ancient monuments and around thirty-two thousand listed buildings. Its many museums include the National Railway Museum in York, the National Coal Mining Museum for England in Wakefield and The National Media Museum in Bradford.

The following 20 photos attempt to showcase some of the best places in the county.

1. Thixendale in the Yorkshire Wolds.

Thixendale in the Yorkshire Wolds.

2. Scarborough South Bay.

Scarborough South Bay

3. York Minster and the Rose Window.

York Minster and the Rose Window

4. Whitby Harbour.

Whitby Harbour

5. Grosmont Station, North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

Steam Loco at Grosmont Station, North Yorkshire Moors Railway



6. Nostell Priory, Country House. West Yorkshire.

Nostell Priory is an eighteenth century country house with over 300 acres of park land

7. York Bar Walls in Springtime.

York Bar Walls in Springtime

8. The Arboretum at Castle Howard, North Yorkshire.

The Arboretum at Castle Howard, North Yorkshire

9. Falling Foss, North Yorkshire Moors.

Falling Foss, North Yorkshire Moors

10. Fountains Abbey.

Fountains Abbey

11. The White Horse at Kilburn, North Yorkshire.

The White Horse at Kilburn, North Yorkshire

12. North Yorkshire Moors.

North Yorkshire Moors

13. National Railway Museum, York.

York, National Railway Museum

14. Country Show at Rosedale.

Country Show at Rosedale

15. Robin Hood’s Bay.

Robin Hood's Bay




16. The Humber Bridge.

Humber Bridge

17. Whitby Abbey (recently named Britain’s most romantic ruin).

Whitby Abbey which dominates the East Cliff headland, with fantastic views overlooking the historic seaside resort.


18. The historic Railway Bridge over the River Nidd at Knaresborough.

The historic Railway Bridge over the River Nidd at Knaresborough.

19. Pen-y-ghent in the Yorkshire Dales.

Pen-y-ghent is a fell in the Yorkshire Dales. It is the smallest of the Yorkshire Three Peaks at 2,277 feet.



20. The Wool Exchange building in Bradford.

The Wool Exchange building in Bradford

Note: some photos supplied by Public Domain Pictures

If you like these photos there are more in The Best Places in Yorkshire (part 2, 20 photos)

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