It’s Yorkshire day today, a special day of the year to celebrate all things Yorkshire. Doodle Bag is a proud Yorkshire company based in Sheffield, UK. A wonderful region is known for its green scenery, picturesque villages and friendly locals. Yorkshire is also home to medieval castles and abbeys and beautiful natural parks and coasts. There’s a reason why it is also known as “God's Own Country”. In this month’s blog, we will be highlighting some of the most beautiful and Instagrammable locations in the Yorkshire region.
Located on the coast of the North York Moors, Robin Hood’s Bay is a charming seaside village with breathtaking views. Robin Hood’s Bay history dates back to 3000 years ago. The village was built in between two cliffs and includes traditional cottages, which you can rent to stay overnight. This is the perfect location to relax and enjoy peaceful coast walks especially dog walks. The village is known for its historical connection with the legend Robin Hood. To be more specific, it is believed that Robin Hood came to the village to fend off the pirates who came to steal the fisherman’s boats. Other highlights include the historic Church of St Stephen, Robin Hood Bay Museum, the Old Coastguard Station (managed by National Trust), and the Falling Foss Waterfall and Tea Garden. Explore the seaside, shops and cafes on the beachfront and discover shipwrecks along the coast.
Next on our list is the stunning coast of Flamborough Head which has 8-mile-long white cliffs. It is situated between the Filey and Bridlington bays of the North Sea, the ridges also provide nesting for thousands of seabirds and especially the famous puffins. The best place to see puffins on the UK's mainland coast is at the North Landing reserve. Flamborough's famous white chalk cliffs include a dramatic bay with a cave, rock pools and arches, and a beautiful lighthouse! It has two lighthouses - one active, and one dating to 1674, making it the oldest serving complete lighthouse in England. A great location for some amazing scenic photos and to spot some adorable puffins!
Knaresborough can be found near Harrogate. This beautiful medieval market town. It’s mostly known for its very striking viaduct which towers over Nidd Gorge as well as being home to the historically famous prophetess, Mother Shipton. The local folk story entails that the well at Mother Shipton’s cave used to turn everyday objects into stone. A very spooky location with an uncanny history. Moreover, in Knaresborough visitors can stroll through the medieval streets of the village and enjoy the views from the bridge overlooking the River Nidd. Some of the best things to do in Knaresborough include visiting Knaresborough Castle, built-in 1100, and exploring the Bebra Gardens and Knaresborough Square. The historic town has also become increasingly popular because of the rowing boats, which is a very popular activity during the summer.
One of Yorkshire’s most historic gems and a wonderful UNESCO World Heritage Site near Ripon in North Yorkshire. The ruins of Fountains Abbey are truly some of the oldest abbey ruins in the country and are defiantly a location worth visiting. Owned by the National Trust and located in a secluded valley, this is one of the largest and best-preserved ruined Cistercian monasteries in England. It was founded in 1132, as well as its historical importance as it was one of the wealthiest monasteries in England until it was dissolved by Henry VIII in 1539. In the area, one can also visit the wonderful Georgian formal water gardens and a medieval deer park. The ideal place to get the perfect picture!
The seaside village of Staithes is a popular place to visit in North Yorkshire and was once one of the largest fishing ports in the Northeast of England. The fishing village of Staithes is located on a hillside in the Scarborough borough of North Yorkshire. Furthermore, Staithes is filled with delightful 18th-century cottages and narrow cobbled streets. The port is indeed very picturesque in addition to this most local restaurants serve freshly caught fish meals. The village of Staithes is also the village where Captain Cook lived and worked. Thus, visitors can see a complete replica of the shop he worked in, and visit the museum about his life and voyages. Overall, Staithes is a great place for exploring Yorkshire’s cliff paths, pool-dipping, and fossil hunting too. A must-see location!
I hope this post has shown you the wonders that Yorkshire can offer and will encourage you to visit these beautiful locations. Yorkshire is the most historic county in England, and its deep-rooted English history makes Yorkshire unique.
During your travels don’t forget to take your Doodle Bag cotton tote bag!
Happy Yorkshire Day!
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