Yorkshire is known for its incredible sports offering. It is the home of many renowned rugby, cricket and football teams, and can now boast a truly world-class cycling reputation too!
This year will see the fifth edition of the Tour de Yorkshire race through the county’s streets between 2–5 May and the UCI Road World Championships will be hosted in Yorkshire between the 21-29 September, the largest free sporting event that Britain has even seen!
If horse racing is more your thing, Yorkshire is home to nine top-class racecourses – more than any other county in the UK. Beverley, Catterick, Doncaster, Pontefract, Redcar, Ripon, Thirsk, Wetherby and York all host race meetings throughout the year so there are plenty of opportunities to experience the thrill of horses thundering their way to the line!
Like golf? Then Yorkshire is home to some of the country’s finest golf clubs, including three that have hosted the Ryder Cup. Nothing quite beats the enjoyment of playing a coastal course where the additional challenge of the stiff sea breeze can make for an interesting round – and at Filey Golf Club, you’re guaranteed some breath-taking views.
Petrol heads may prefer to get fast and furious at York Motorsport Village, one of the UK’s most exciting indoor go-karting facilities that offers sessions for the whole family. Off-road fans can also get behind the wheel at the Live For Today Activity Centre on the Ripley Castle Estate near Harrogate. Here they can experience driving on a fun-filled course filled with fast straights and mud-filled corners, perfect for drifting! Not only does the centre boast the best buggies and most enthusiastic instructors, they also have various other non-motorised activities to try, from archery and rock climbing to caving and kayaking.
If you’re looking for something a little less extreme, get wrapped up and head outside for a brisk walk instead – you’ll be spoilt for choice as Yorkshire houses three National Parks and three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Each one is packed with fabulous trails, spectacular views and stunning scenery. The Peak District for instance is a haven for ramblers, climbers and cyclists, and the fact
its boundary is just a ten- minute drive away from Sheffield means it is the most accessible of the bunch. All are well worth a visit though if you fancy getting away from it all. For a walk with a difference, head to Nidderdale Llamas where you can lead a herd of furry friends on a trek into the beautiful countryside. Or get up close and learn all about the super soft Beacon Alpacas whilst taking them for a stroll in the stunning Hambleton Hills.
For those who prefer to pedal, why not borrow a bike from one of the 57 Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries spread right across the county? These work just like regular libraries, except it’s bikes you borrow, not books!
So, whether you want to watch sport or get involved, just do it…in God’s Own County! For lots more information and inspiration, visit Yorkshire.com.