Fancy a road trip this Summer? There’s so many routes to take around Yorkshire, here’s three of our favourite routes….
If you’re a fan of Heartbeat or Harry Potter, you might want to make a trip to the moorland village that’s made it onto the big screen. The North Yorkshire Moors Railway has a heritage station here, which you might recognise from Harry Potter as the Hogsmeade station from the first few films. Fancy a walk? There’s a ‘Rail Trail’ which is a signposted three and a half jaunt from Goathland to Grosmont down an old railway line and back up on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. The Mallyan Spout waterfall is also somewhere you need to visit. The 21 meter waterfall is beautiful, a perfect picnic spot!
If you don’t drive, Goathland is still easy to get to via the Coastliner bus from Whitby, York and Leeds.
The driving routes to Goathland are almost as good as the destination; the wild countryside of the Moors are a must visit, the rolling hills on a sunny day are well worth a drive to in themselves. Make sure you take a route which takes you past the ruins of Rosedale Abbey and the Wintergill Plantation before you reach Goathland to add even more scenery to your journey.
The perfect tour of Yorkshire
Call us biased, but Yorkshire really does have it all when it comes to both scenery and variety; from moor to dale to coastal routes. Drive through lands with centuries of dark medieval history in their soil – the bloody struggle when the royal houses of York and Lancaster went head to head in the War of the Roses. This route will take you through A and B roads between quaint villages, with the Yorkshire countryside as the backdrop to your journey, see waterfalls, monasteries and visitor centers on this route, as well as a wonderful pub at the end of the road.
Set off on the A59 from Harrogate towards Grassington, a market town in the middle of the Yorkshire Dales- potter around here taking in the shops, pubs, and if your visit lands on the third Sunday of the month, make sure you check out Grassington Farmers’ Market which showcases the best local Yorkshire Dales food and drink- well worth a visit! Loop around to Aysgarth Falls which is a triple flight of waterfalls carved by the River Ure- stop here to enjoy a picnic of Vale of Mowbray pork pies!
Whilst you’re near, you could even pay a visit to the Wensleydale Creamery Visitor Center in Hawes to stock up on cheese- our pies go perfectly with some thinly sliced cheese and a bit of branston pickle! Visit Reeth if you have time- the Swaledale Museum will teach you about the history of Reeth- from the geographical inception in the Iron Age to the mining trade in the 1650s and 1950s and also giving a look at how generations have lived in the village and their craftsmanship.
With so many pubs on this route, why not end the journey with a stop in a country pub and sample some local ale! You won’t be able to fit all this in one day, so pick and choose what you fancy, or maybe try camping in one of Yorkshire’s many camping spots and wake up to beautiful views!
Perhaps a trip to the coast is in order this Summer! Whilst people usually focus on the countryside when thinking of Yorkshire, we also boast many seaside destinations. If you can’t choose between the different destinations, why not take a few days off and appreciate a few of them! The route from Bridlington to Whitby only takes an hour and ten minutes- and you can stop off at Filey and Scarborough too on the way. There’s lots of accommodation choices- from hotels to B&B’s and huge choices of camp sites if you want to bring your tent or caravan!
On the way to Bridlington, if you’re coming from the south, head north on the B1242 and wind through the countryside on route, leading towards the picturesque coastal towns of Withernsea, Garton and Aldbrough which if you have time you could make a stop at. Running parallel from the road here, a waterfront drive will see you past Mappleton, Hornsea and Skipsea which all have sandy beaches.
There’s more beautiful coastal towns than you can imagine along this route, full of fun for the kids with donkey rides, sandcastle building opportunities and the cold sea for the brave that fancy a paddle! Wherever you end up along the route, take a picnic so you don’t need to leave the beach even for a moment; our mini pork pies and (exclusively to Yorkshire stores and recently launched in Asda) mini pork & pickle pies are a fab snack!
There’s lots of other routes, but these three are currently at the top of our lists for Yorkshire drives. With beautiful scenery ranging from countryside to coast, there’s something for everyone, and with so many opportunities for stops along the way, from quaint villages full of history to beaches, Yorkshire has it all.