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Why YOU should visit Yorkshire this Summer!

Are you looking for a scenic and breathtakingly beautiful getaway this Summer? Good food, endless hiking opportunities, stunning views, popular attractions and lots of history; does that sound right up your street?

Then why not visit Yorkshire this Summer, they don’t call it ‘Gods Country’ for nothing!

Here are just a few spots that might tempt you to book that trip, or if you’re close enough, to inspire to plan a day out!


Many people are oblivious to just how many waterfalls there are in Yorkshire – hint, there’s a lot!

Obviously, you’ve got the popular tourist spots (always worth a visit!) – Hardraw Force, Aysgarth Falls, and the famous Ingleton Waterfall trail, but Yorkshire has so many hidden gems worth adding to your list if you’re a keen waterfall chaser!

Wharfdale and Wensleydale in particular are home to many amazing waterfalls!

Ingleton waterfall trail - why you should visit Yorkshire

Waterfalls in Yorkshire - why you should visit Yorkshire this summer

Ivelet Bridge, Swaledale

This old carriageway stone bridge is located in the hamlet of Ivelet in Swaledale. The narrow, single-span, bridge is dated back to the 16th century. Well worth a visit if you love scenic areas and history!

Ivelet - why you should visit Yorkshire


Bolton Abbey

The perfect day out for the whole family! There is so much to see; the priory church and ruins, stepping stones, Strid wood, the valley of desolation and much more. With many choices of walks and trails in this beautiful scenic area, why not take a picnic whilst enjoying the views or treat yourself to lunch in one of the tearooms.

You can book tickets here.

Bolton Abbey - things to do in Yorkshire

Hull Pot

Hull Pot is a stunning spot, not far from the summit of Pen-y-Ghent.

It’s a collapsed cavern but doesn’t have much to explore underground. It’s often dry but if you catch it after some rainfall you will experience a waterfall over the edge and very occasionally you may see it completely filled to the brim. Hull Pot is a spectacular sight from the top, measuring 300 ft long, 60 ft wide and 60 ft deep.

Avoid getting too close to the edge as there are no fences!

Things to do in the Yorkshire Dales

Ribblehead Viaduct

Undoubtedly on most people’s list to visit, the famous Ribblehead Viaduct lies at the base of the Yorkshire 3 peaks (Ingleborough, Pen-y-Ghent and Whernside) and is a must-see when visiting the Dales.

Whether you’re wanting a short stroll under the historic arches or a big hike with the panoramic views of the viaduct, you won’t be disappointed when visiting Ribblehead Viaduct.

Lots of free parking, which is always a bonus!

Ribblehead viaduct Yorkshire Dales

Yorkshire 3 peaks challenge

Many people flock to Yorkshire to hike the famous Yorkshire 3 Peaks – as mentioned above, Ingleborough, Pen-y-ghent and Whernside. The challenge itself is completing the 25-mile circuit, which covers all 3 mountains, in 12 hours or less.

If you don’t fancy tackling the challenge you could always hike them on separate days and still enjoy beautiful views of the rolling hills of the Yorkshire Dales. 3 fantastic hikes!

View of Ingleborough - why you should visit Yorkshire Dales

Buttertubs Pass

This breathtaking pass winds its way from Hawes in Wensleydale right over the tops to Thwaite in Swaledale, passing by the 20 meter deep potholes which is what buttertubs is famous for. With panoramic views of the surrounding fells and valleys, this beautiful road is 100% worth taking, whether it’s by car or if you’re brave enough to tackle it by bike or on foot!

Fun things to do in Yorkshire


Semerwater Lake is located just 4 miles outside of the popular honeypot town of Hawes, in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.

Perfect for paddleboarding, kayaking, swimming and more, this scenic lake is the ideal spot for a day out with the family, especially if a picnic is packed! You could also take a campervan and stay the night (payment should be made at the farm near the car park).

Semerwater Yorkshire Dales

Settle to Carlisle Railway

If you’re a fan of trains or scenic railways then you’ll be sure to enjoy the Settle to Carlisle line.

For travel information, tickets and train times click here.

You might even occasionally see the famous Flying Scotsman making its way through the Dales!

Settle to Carlisle railway flying scotsman


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