With travel restrictions still in place and the light systems changing without warning, we decided to head on a Yorkshire road trip. The trend for staycations and travel closer to home this year, looks set to stay and I am looking forward to sharing some of my experiences in the UK this summer, and hope they will inspire some local adventures of your own.
After living in London for the best part of 10 years, we haven’t explored much of the North. We decided to spend five days travelling through Yorkshire by car, so we could explore as much of the UK’s largest county, which spans 2.9million acres. We used York and Harrogate as our base for the trip.
Sharing five of the best places for a Yorkshire road trip.
Home to the famous Bronte sisters, this charming village features a cobbled main street and is surrounded by picturesque views of the rolling landscapes which the village nestles in. We spent a morning here and enjoyed a coffee at Clothing Store Haworth which is perfectly positioned on the main street and is a great people watching spot.
ROBIN HOOD’S BAY
An old fishing village, tucked away on the coast of Yorkshire. The surrounding cliffs tower over the village of unique cottages which lead down to the sea bay. We stopped off in Robin’s Hood Bay for fish and chips overlooking the sea. By this time, the low clouds and a sea mist had rolled in which only added to the charm. Afterwards, we spent time walking around the winding alleyways and quaint stores. If you’re looking for somewhere to switch off, then booking a night in one of the cottages in the main village would feel like a real adventure, transporting you back in time.
A four acre, family run Vineyard in the heart of Yorkshire. It’s a holiday staple, trips to vineyards and wine tasting, are usually associated with summer trips to France and Italy, or even South Africa if looking further afield. With overseas holidays off the cards, I read about one of the UK’s most Northern, commercial vineyard and couldn’t wait to visit.
Working with the local climate, to create unique wines, Dunesford do not conform to the norm. This is a great activity, touring the vineyard with Mandy the Vineyard Owner, before sitting down for a tasting with Peter the Wine Development Manager (job envy). This is easily accessible from Harrogate via a taxi if you’re using it is a base.
I’ll be sharing a full blog on this soon so keep your eye out!
To be discovered in Nipperdale, an official area of natural beauty, there are plenty of scenic walking routes to be discovered from Washburn Dam. If you set off in the morning, you’ll be finished in time to enjoy a pizza with the best view in Yorkshire at the wood fired pizza truck which is based in the car park.
A cathedral city, where medieval walls surround the restaurants, bars and shops. We used York as a base, a fun city, which provides a good spot to explore the rest of Yorkshire. It’s worth spending a night or two here if you’re visiting as part of a longer road trip but otherwise, you might want to stop for the day only.