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Top Places To Visit On The East Yorkshire Coast

If you’re planning a holiday to Yorkshire this year, don’t miss out on the delights offered along the county’s east coast.

The Hull Daily Mail recently highlighted some of the top places to visit on this stretch of the UK’s coastline, noting that there are some real gems to be discovered here. If you’re not familiar with the area, you may want to organise a chauffeur tour in Yorkshire to ensure you don’t miss anything.

Hornsea is set to hit the headlines next month when it hosts one leg of the Tour de Yorkshire, although there’s plenty to enjoy here at any time of the year, including Yorkshire’s largest freshwater lake, a Blue Flag beach and the Hornsea Folk Museum.

Withernsea, meanwhile, has recently installed dancing fountains on its seafront, adding another dimension to this traditional seaside resort. Other attractions here include the town’s lighthouse and Pier Towers, which looks out over the sandy beach.

For nature lovers, Spurn is an essential spot to visit, with its new Discovery Centre providing plenty of information about the local birds and other creatures that inhabit the nature reserve.

Spurn is a wonderful place to stretch your legs, with the sand spit extending for three miles into the Humber Estuary. It’s particularly well known for the variety of migratory birds it attracts each year, making spring and autumn the best times to visit if you want to see the greatest variety of birds.

As well as the birds, you’ll be treated to stunning sea views whatever time of year you come, with the recently renovated Spurn Lighthouse promising particularly spectacular vistas.

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What To Do In Hebden Bridge

If you’re keen to spend some time exploring what Yorkshire has to offer, make sure you put Hebden Bridge – found on the Yorkshire side of the Pennines – at the very top of your list. Not that many moons ago, this was just a tiny little mill town that produced wool and woollen products… and after a period in the 60s where it really struggled to keep head above board, it enjoyed a serious revival during the 70s and 80s thanks to all sorts of creative folk being attracted by its beauty and heritage.

No doubt a big part of its allure back then was the fact that the Bronte sisters wrote some of their most famous novels just a few short miles down the road in Haworth. Sylvia Plath is also buried at Heptonstall, just above the town, while Ted Hughes was born in Mytholmroyd – which is just two miles away. So there’s a lot to discover immediately!

What to do

There are all sorts of fun and quirky independent shops to be found here and you’re sure to love The Book Case, which has a huge range of different books to suit all tastes and interests. They’ve been running for more than 30 years so have a chat with them about the area too – they’re sure to know all the best places to go and what to see.

If you’re into your arts and crafts, you’re also in the right place. Check out the Heart Gallery to see some amazing bespoke pieces of jewellery, as well as stationery and textiles… ripe for a bit of gift-shopping, or just spoiling yourself. And then there’s the Snug Gallery, which features beautiful designer-led contemporary crafts and all sorts of different exhibitions.

Looking for your new local? Try the White Lion Hotel, a traditional coaching inn that’s stunning with its exposed masonry and timber. It’s in a beautiful riverside location in the middle of the town and is renowned for its fine country pub dining, as well as its abundance of wines and real cask ales.

You’re also sure to have fun at Little Valley Brewery, a family-run business where all beers are brewed, bottled and branded on the moorland of Cragg Vale just outside Hebden Bridge itself.  Traditional techniques are used to create these deliciously original beers – and they’re 100 per cent vegan friendly!

But do make sure you take the time to exercise your little legs as well, as this part of the world has so many walking opportunities it would be a shame not to go on at least one while you’re in the vicinity. For a moderate to challenging circular walk try this one, which starts in the town and takes you towards Todmorden and then along the Pennine Way.

Don’t forget to stop at Gibson Mill to have a look at it and don’t worry about bringing your own refreshments – there are numerous places to stop along the way (although a bottle of water or two is probably wise).

If you’d like a proper tour of Yorkshire, get in touch with us today.

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Top Spots To Visit For A Taste Of The Tour De Yorkshire

Everyone knows that Yorkshire is a popular cycling location in the UK and with very good reason. If you prefer to watch others cycle the challenging country roads and hills around the county, make sure you visit for this year’s Tour de Yorkshire.

To make sure you don’t miss anything, book a chauffeur tour of Yorkshire to hit all the top spots during your stay.

And you can look forward to many of the villages on the route looking even more picturesque than usual after funding was announced to help local communities in Harrogate to decorate. Stray FM revealed that money is being provided for everything from bunting to flags in the likes of Clifton, Kirkby Malzeard and Nidderdale, among other places.

Kirkby Malzeard is a particularly good place to include on your tour, with the local primary school set to display a land art project made from recycled materials and the Kirkby Malzeard & Laverton Dallowgill Parish Council also running a best-dressed house competition.

In Pateley Bridge, meanwhile, they will be promoting the local walking routes in a bid to attract people back to the area for a hike once the Tour is over.

If you’re keen to see some of the cycling action, make sure you’re in the county between 3 and 6 May. According to the Yorkshire Post, some of the best places to watch the riders from are Beverley, which is the starting point for the men’s and women’s races, and Leeds where the grand finale takes place.

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Must-See Attractions In Yorkshire

 If you’re going to be visiting Yorkshire for the first time this year and want some inspiration of what to see and where to go, you may want to include some of the county’s top attractions on your itinerary.

Book a chauffeur tour of Yorkshire and you won’t even have to worry about how to get from A to B, you can just sit back and enjoy the ride.

So, if you’re looking for places to include on your route, the most popular attractions as identified by Visit England are a good starting point. The Yorkshire Post revealed that in top spot among paid-for attractions was Flamingo Land, a theme park near Malton.

In second place on that list was York Minster - an absolute must if you’ve never been before. The striking cathedral is hard to miss as you wander around York, but it’s certainly worth stepping inside to appreciate its magnificent stained-glass windows and beautiful stonework.

The first reference to a church or cathedral on this site comes in the year 627 and although the current building is a far cry from the wooden church that stood here all those centuries ago, this goes some way towards illustrating its fascinating history.

If you’re after some free attractions to visit as well, the top three in this category were the Millennium Gallery in Sheffield, York’s National Railway Museum and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

To make sure you get the most out of your stay, ask your driver to help you devise your itinerary, so that you fit as much as you can into your visit while still giving yourself time to enjoy the attractions you decide to explore.

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Reasons To Visit Yorkshire’s Elsecar

Elsecar is a village in South Yorkshire that’s best known for its heritage as a colliery village, where ironstone was mined from the late 18th through to the 20th century. Despite the closure of the collieries in the 1980s, many of the buildings here were protected because they were of special architectural or historic interest.

Now, a group of student artists from Barnsley College are using their talents to help boost tourism in the village, by creating artworks that show the history of the village.

FE Week reported on the project, which has seen students focusing on the architecture, industry and residents of this village.

Rebecca Warburton, one of the artists involved in the project, explained why she enjoyed working on a piece about Elsecar.

“I really like history and enjoyed learning about the mining industry and how it changed the lives of the people of Elsecar. I decided this was what I wanted my artwork to represent,” she told the news provider.

If you want to find out more about Elsecar’s industrial heritage, you could include it as a stop on a Yorkshire driving tour.

The Elsecar Heritage Centre is the obvious place to begin exploring the village and learning more about its past, including the influence of the Fitzwilliam family, who owned the Wentworth Estate.

Other attractions here include the Elsecar Heritage Railway and the Newcomen Beam Engine, which was built in 1795 to extract water from the Elsecar New Colliery, thereby allowing the exploration of deeper coal seams. It’s considered to be one of the finest pieces of technology surviving from the time of the Industrial Revolution in South Yorkshire.

 

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Get Close To Nature At One Of Britain’s Best Bird Spots

 

Nature lovers will be in their element on a driving tour of Yorkshire, as the beautiful county offers an abundance of picturesque places to see and wildlife hotspots to explore.

Perhaps none are as impressive as Bempton Cliffs in East Riding of Yorkshire though, which has been named one of the top wildlife spectacles in the whole of the UK.

This reserve is safeguarded by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) due to the fact that half a million seabirds flock here every year.

The sight of the chalk-white cliffs looking out over the North Sea dotted with thousands of birds is certainly extraordinary and one that tourists from all over the country head here to witness.

Most holidaymakers want to catch sight of puffins, as this is one of the best spots in the country for these comedic creatures. They typically head to Bempton Cliffs between mid-April and mid-July, and despite only measuring 10 inches in height, are fantastic to watch.

Indeed, their unique appearance along with their funny antics enthral bird watchers for hours at the windswept clifftops.

Bird fans can also catch sight of these ‘sea parrots’ in northern Scotland, Anglesey, Pembrokeshire, County Antrim and County Wexford. However, the migrating colony that heads to Bempton’s coastline every year lures wildlife enthusiasts from all over.

As well as puffins, gannets can be spotted in their droves, while guillemots, barn owls and tree sparrows are also fans of the five-kilometre long Yorkshire reserve.

Heading into spring, visitors can expect to spot razorbills, fulmars, kittiwakes, herring gulls and shags, as well as farmland birds like linnets, meadow pipits, and reed and corn buntings. This is also the time gannets and puffins return to the protected clifftops to breed, making it a hugely popular season to visit.

 

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Celebrate Some Of Yorkshire’s Finest Women

 

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There has never been more of a focus on the achievements and successes of women before, with people all over the world remembering some of the greatest ladies in history and businesses starting to address the inequality many females still face in the workplace.

 

And one place that boasts some of the most powerful and influential women in the UK is, of course, Yorkshire.

 

Not only has the White Rose county given us delicious cheese and ale, beautiful rolling countryside, and remarkable literary works, it is also home to powerful females, both in history and the modern world.

 

The Yorkshire Post recently ran an article looking at 14 of the greatest women from the county, and these included actress Dame Judi Dench, who hails from York; Britain’s first ever astronaut Helen Sharman from Sheffield; and Alice Bacon, Yorkshire’s first female MP.

 

Later this week (March 8th) the UK celebrates International Women’s Day, looking at influential females from all over the world, particularly those who have paved the way for women’s rights.

 

One such lady was Dora Thewlis, who at 16 years old joined the suffragette mission to break into the Houses of Parliament. The Yorkshire-mill worker was imprisoned as a result and became well known in the media for her forthright campaign.

 

Barbara Hepworth from Wakefield is also worth mentioning for her modernist art, and the Hepworth Art Gallery was subsequently named after her. Those interested in learning more about the woman, who was ahead of her time, can visit the museum on a chauffeur tour of Yorkshire.

 

Of course, many visitors also venture to “Bronte Country” in West Yorkshire where they can look at the beautiful scenery that inspired the talented Bronte sisters, Anne, Charlotte and Emily. These famous authors are renowned for their written works, including Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and Villette.

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The Story Of The White Horse Of Kilburn

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 There’s an awful lot to see and do on Yorkshire tours, so much so that you’ll be hard pressed to fit it all in even if you lived to the ripe old age of 100! Chances are, whether or not you’ve been to this wonderful part of the world, that you’ve heard of the White Horse of Kilburn on your travels… but what do you know about this particular landmark?

The story goes that the White Horse was designed and paid for by a Victorian businessman by the name of Thomas Taylor way back when in 1857. He himself was a Kilburn local, although he worked for a London-based merchant – and he’d seen the famous chalk figures cut out of the hills in southern England and wanted to recreate something similar in his own little village.

John Hodgson, the local schoolmaster, cut out the horse (314ft long and 228ft high!) along with a team of 31 volunteers. Once the horse had been cut out, the team put tonnes of lime onto the rock to help make it look whiter.

Because the horse has been cut out of limestone, it will never look as white as the horses in the south which have been cut out of chalk – hence the need for the lime deposits! It also needs artificial whitening, once done with lots and lots of whitewash but now chalk chippings are taken from the Yorkshire Wolds and used instead.

You can go and have a look at the horse up close after a short walk of just over a mile… and it’s certainly worth doing!

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Discover The Delights Of Scarborough

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Scarborough has a great deal to offer and if you’ve never visited the seaside town in North Yorkshire you’re in for a treat.

Writing for the Telegraph, Hannah Summers praised the destination for its varied and interesting attractions - there is more here than just a beautiful sandy beach, although spending time strolling along Scarborough’s sands is a must.

For anyone looking for the quintessential British seaside experience, she highlighted the profusion of amusement arcades, as well as the excellent fish and chips that are on offer.

But Scarborough also has a fascinating past, and if you arrange a chauffeur tour in Yorkshire you can delve into some of its history with an experienced guide.

Among the highlights, according to Ms Summers, are the spa building that was constructed in the 1800s to allow people to enjoy the town’s thermal waters, as well as the ruins of the 12th century Scarborough Castle.

If you’re intrigued by the latter, you can stop and take the audio tour of the English Heritage site, finding out more about the area’s Iron Age, Roman and medieval history.

It is also the only place in Scarborough from which you can have a view of both the north and south bays.

Ms Summers noted that active and adventurous travellers are also well catered for in Scarborough, with the coast here known for its excellent (if chilly) surfing, while there’s also a new water park. If you’d rather stay dry, you can follow a stretch of the Cleveland Way walking trail.

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York: Most Haunted City in Europe

 

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If you opt for a Yorkshire tour this year then make sure you find out about the ghosts that are known to haunt the ancient city.

York has long been known as one of the most haunted places in Europe. It’s ancient past could be responsible for its reputation but tours about the ghosts could reveal more information and help you make up your own mind.

One of the ghosts is purported to be that of Margaret Clitheroe, a woman who harboured Catholics and as a resut was sentenced to death by crushing in 1586. She was pregnant at the time and the weight of having her own door placed upon her, covered with rocks, eventually snapped her spine.

There is also the infamous Grey Lady, who Is one of the most frequently seen ghosts in York.

She is believed to be the spirit of a nun who worked at St Leonard’s Hospice in the Middle Ages. Most of her appearances are in the Theatre Royal, which is built over the original hospice, in face the crypt is still in place.

Many actresses over the years have claimed to be made aware of her presence by a sudden drop in the temperature of the room.

The Minster is one of the oldest sites of its type in the UK, with a basement going back to Roman times. There have been many reported sightings of ghosts there, despite the religious nature of the Minster.

There are of course countless other stories regarding the voices of spirits long departed that echo through other tiny, medieval streets, all of which can be explored in a tour.

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Yorkshire’s speciality foods – a series of traditional 'must try' foods served in Yorkshire

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YORKSHIRE PUDDING: Traditionally served with roast beef for the famous Sunday lunch ’Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding’, It is a delicious puffed up ‘pudding’ made from a popular batter mix. You’ll find this on most menus, in restaurants, pubs and cafes. The Yorkshire pudding is very versatile, it can be served as a starter with a meal, as part of the main meal and can be filled with fruit to become a dessert also.


It is the starter most likely to fill you up ever!
Developed in the Farmhouse kitchen, where the hot cooking range would be on all day, often with a roast joint of meat cooking for the main meal of the day. The Yorkshire pudding batter of eggs, plain flour and milk, would be poured into very hot tins; this is vitally important to make the sides of the puddings rise.
Historically, these would be served as a first course full of onion gravy, guaranteeing a full belly so that the main course offerings could be a lot smaller….

Click below for recipe details:
https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/9020/best-yorkshire-puddings
Simple and quick! To make the batter, tip 140g plain flour into a bowl and beat in four eggs until smooth. Gradually add 200ml milk and carry on beating until the mix is completely lump-free. Season with salt and pepper. Pour the batter into a jug, then remove the hot tins from the oven.
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Yorkshire, home of the thoroughbred!

Yorkshire, home of the thoroughbred!

Quirky fact: the name of the Derby was decided on the toss of a coin between the Earl of Derby and Sir Charles Bunbury in 1780!

The English Thoroughbred horse can be traced back through bloodlines and the General Stud Book to the efforts of one Yorkshireman, Thomas Darley. He managed to smuggle out of Syria, with help from friends on the warship HMS Ipswich, a Bay stallion, 15 hands high, “of the most esteemed race among the Arabs” after a 4 month journey the horse was taken to Aldby Park near Stamford Bridge.

In Thomas Darley's own words, "he was immediately striking owing to his handsome appearance and exceedingly elegant carriage".

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Yorkshires Drover Roads

Yorkshires Drover Roads

Drover – a person who moves livestock and sheep over long distances to market

The Yorkshire Dales has 5,000 miles of dry stone walls, weaving straight (and not so straight) grey lines into the green fabric of the land. There are also hundreds of what’s commonly known as Drovers road and tracks crossing these Dales, providing high level and dry, routes for cattle and sheep to be herded to the markets in Yorkshire and England. Our Scottish neighbours, would bring their surplus cattle down from the Highlands to places like Falkirk and Dumfries.

 

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Holy Chapels on the Bridge

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Did you know why Holy Bridge Chapels had saintly names? and that York bridge chapel being used as a Prison

At several locations around Britain are surviving bridge chapels. Two are in Yorkshire where they were built as parts of bridges, at Wakefield and Rotherham, but locally there was at least one at Helmsley and another at York.

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British Wool, the lifeblood of the Yorkshire Dales

British Wool, the lifeblood of the Yorkshire Dales

 

It will soon be time for the sheep we see in the fields to be taken for their annual shearing. During July the lanolin in the sheep starts to push the wool off the skin to help the process, the sheep have to lose the wool or they wouldn’t survive with all that weight on their backs!

Yorkshire wool is sent to the North of England depot on the outskirts of Bradford, next to the Headquarters of British Wool Marketing Board. The BWMB was set up in 1950 to maximize the value of wool, long before synthetic fibres came on the scene in the 1960s.

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Castle Howard
Flamborough Head
Knaresborough
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West Tanfield Yorkshire Dales
Whitby Abbey
Whitby Harbour
World Heritage Site- Fountains Abbey
York Minster