Blessed with stunning scenery, winding countryside trails and sensational coastlines, Yorkshire is a captivating county of contrasts – and there’s no better time to visit than autumn.
The days may be shorter, but there are some truly magical sights to see around the county, from the vast landscape and inspirational architecture at Castle Howardto the spectacular waterfalls at Aysgarth Falls, where the rush of running water set against the Autumn foliage is truly something to behold.
With so much natural beauty to be discovered, it’s a great opportunity to get wrapped up and head outside for some activity – hire a bike and go for a wild ride at Sutton Bank, Go Ape at Dalby Forest or take a walk at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, stopping to marvel at the art along the way.
There are plenty of places to visit for rainy days in Yorkshire too – see a show at the Alhambra Theatre or head underground to explore England’s last deep coalmine at the National Coal Mining Museum.
Step back in time and enjoy a train ride through the heart of Brontë country on theKeighley & Worth Valley Railway or watch history come to life at Cannon Hall Museum and Cusworth Hall. Animal lovers can head toYorkshire Wildlife Park or go shark spotting at The Deep.
To see in the longer nights, you’ll always get a warm welcome at Yorkshire’s Favourite Pub 2018 – nestled in the fold of the beautiful Shibden Valley, the Shibden Mill Inn was originally a corn and spinning mill in the 17th century. Today, visitors can enjoy real ales and first-class dining against an inviting backdrop of open fires, low beamed ceilings and a cosy bar.
If you’re feeling the need for some pampering before the winter blues set in, head North to Swinton Park in Masham – its luxury spa and country club launched last year boasts an 18-metre indoor pool, steam room, sauna and treatment rooms galore! There’s even an outdoor pool which offers environmentally friendly, natural bathing in bio-filtered water for those feeling brave!
For a unique night’s sleep, Lord Stones Country Park is a multi-faceted destination in the beautiful North York Moors National Park – it has bespoke, jumbo camping pods for a spacious, high-quality glamping experience with wood burning stove inside and an exterior log burner and seating, for evenings gathered around the campfire.
For more information on lots of activities and more inspiration, visit Yorkshire.com