Now that the weather is finally bucking up and we can leave the house without thermals, we are feeling the need to explore the Great Outdoors and what an outdoors there is in beautiful Yorkshire. With the amazing Yorkshire Dales and the stunning Yorkshire Moors to explore, why not grab your boots and a picnic and head off for the day, take the dog and kids too and have a great day out filled with fresh air, beautiful scenery and nature at its best!
The Yorkshire Dales National Park has some of the finest limestone scenery in the UK, from crags and pavements to an underground labyrinth of caves. Each valley or 'dale' has its own distinct character, set against expansive heather moorland tops. Stone-built villages sit amongst traditional farming landscapes of field barns, drystone walls and flower-rich hay meadows, and show how the area has been shaped over thousands of years by the people who have lived and worked here.
Spectacular waterfalls and ancient broad leaved woodland contrast with the scattered remains of former mine workings and other rural industries which remind us of the area's rich industrial heritage. Together, nature and people have created a special landscape of immense beauty and character.
White Scar Cave is the longest show cave in Britain. Guides lead visitors along the well-lit paths and explain the features, pointing out curious cave formations such as the Devil's Tongue, the Arum Lily, and the remarkably lifelike Judge's Head. The 200,000 Battlefield Cavern is one of the largest caverns in Britain and contains thousands of stalactites, and prehistoric mud pools. You might need your thermals again though!
Ingleton Waterfalls Trail is just over four miles long and leads you through tranquil ancient oak woodland rich in wildlife and the beautiful scenery of the Yorkshire Dales. It offers the perfect opportunity to get some fresh air and a great walk for any outdoor lovers. The trail follows a well-defined footpath which runs as close to the edge of the two rivers as possible to provide spectacular views of the waterfalls.
Sutton Bank National Park Centre, has been given a hi-tech makeover. A fascinating exhibition will take you on a journey through time to discover how this iconic landscape was created and the influence it's had on people through the ages. The new Lime & Ice exhibition tells the story of how our iconic landscape and view came to be through the dramatic action of ice age glaciers. It is a brilliant insight before setting off to explore the area on foot. Alternatively, a night time visit will highlight just why it's an official Dark Sky Discovery Site when the dark sky panorama is revealed, perfect for star gazing!
Dalby Forest, managed by the Forestry Commission, offers a wide variety of activities in the North Yorkshire Moors. With over 8,000 acres of woodland to explore, enjoy and discover, including play areas for children, BBQ & picnic areas for the family, adrenalin activities for the thrill seekers and plenty of way-marked walking and cycling trails for all abilities.
Located on the outskirts of the village of Danby, The Moors National Park Centre is at the very heart of the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors and is the perfect place to start any visit to the National Park. Find out about the people, places and wildlife of the North York Moors with the interactive exhibits and take a look at the acclaimed "Inspired by" Gallery.
Why not discover the Yorkshire Coast? Stretching from Spurn Point to Saltburn-by-the-Sea, this unique stretch of coastline boasts a string of gorgeous and very different seaside towns and villages, from traditional resorts such as Bridlington, Filey, Scarborough and Whitby, to picture-perfect fishing communities like Robin Hood’s Bay, Runswick Bay and Staithes. Many of which are in the stunning North York Moors National Park. It’s a coastline of many contrasts It has a glorious coast, delicious cuisine, rich culture & history, beautiful countryside, outdoor adventure, creative events, spectacular views - The Yorkshire Coast it has it all.
If the Yorkshire Coast has it all, the Bridlington Coast is the Active Coast. Two award-winning beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see are just one of the things that makes Bridlington the perfect resort for all the family. Enjoy the good, clean fun of a traditional seaside holiday: make sandcastles, paddle, tuck into fish and chips or ice cream – and all in the freshest of fresh air!