Well Autumn has crept up on us quickly! Beginning next week, our year seems to have flown by – we blinked and Summer was gone! But we’ll let you in on a secret – Autumn is absolutely our favourite time of the year. Yorkshire in Autumn is utterly beautiful and coupled with that crisp air and cosying up in lots of layers, there’s so much to see and explore. We also find a renewed way to eat our pork pies. Gone are the summer salads and instead we say hello to hot soups, pie and mash and so much more.
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Perhaps you’re not willing to say goodbye to summer and need something to look forward to as the nights draw in and the temperature drops. Here’s some things you can do that will brighten your spirits and make you enjoy a Yorkshire Autumn as much as us.
A drive to Whitby will take you over the Moors, which in itself is a great activity, get out of the car and explore but once you’re there, take a hike up the steps to Whitby Abbey. Be sure to count the 199 steps yourself before walking round the spooky Abbey that inspired Dracula. This is beautiful during summer too but the Autumn air brings more drama we feel!
As we mentioned, we’re a fan of the beautiful colours our county gives us this time of year. We always have to visit Fountains Abbey to wander the grounds which are wonderful year round. Try the ‘Lost Spa trail’ route along the river Skell and into the site of a former spa – this will also take you through the deer park which we love. This walk is dog friendly but remember to put your furry friend on a lead when you’re in the deer park, you can find the route on the National Trust website.
For a rainy day, there’s always Xscape. In Castleford, there’s so many things to do here now, from hurtling down the snow slope on skis or a snowboard to glow in the dark golf, tenpin bowling, urban climbing, laser mazes and so much more. We definitely want to go back in time in the Ice Age themed escape room!
Our pies are featured in the Struggle often in one of the rest stations. There’s a sportive you can sign up to now at Wetherby Racecourse. Race or pace yourself for 100 miles – enter if you dare!
If a pamper day is more your speed than a day of sports, then it’s a good job we have so many luxurious spas! Try Rudding Park Spa for a North Yorkshire get away or head to Spa 1877 in Sheffield for a unique experience in a Victorian Turkish Baths – a true hidden gem.
What will you get up to in Yorkshire this Autumn? Whatever it is, remember your pork pie picnics! The traditional Ploughman’s lunch is always a big hit when we take it out. Absolute necessities include; mini pork and pickle Vale of Mowbray pork pies coupled with sliced-at-home Wensleydale cheese!