North Yorkshire Information, Hotels, Tourist Attractions and Places to Visit
North Yorkshire Information, Hotels, Tourist Attractions and Places to Visit
Leeds is surrounded by beautiful and interesting places to visit, from the Yorkshire Dales to the very scenic Yorkshire East coast only 65 miles away
North Yorkshire Cities and Towns
Airedale Way Almscliffe Crags Beningbrough Hall Bolton Abbey Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway Bridestones Brimham Rocks Byland Abbey Castle Howard Fountains Abbey Goredale Scar Harewood House Marsden Moor Malham Tarn Malham Cove Mount Grace Priory North Yorkshire Moors Nunnington Hall Pennine Way Rievaulx Abbey Roseberry Topping Settle Carlisle Railway Studley Royal Stump Cross Caverns Three Peaks Walk Whitby Abbey York Minster York Treasurer's House Yorkshire Air Museum Yorkshire Coast Yorkshire Dales
North Yorkshire Castles
Airedale Way: A 50 mile Walk from Leeds to Malham Tarn (North Yorkshire.)
Easy to get to being not far from local roads, situated just to the North of the Otley Harrogate road. Rock climbing, good views from top.
Telephone: (01756) 718009
Besides viewing the 12th ruins consider
There are 80 miles of footpaths through moorlands, woodlands and along the riverside. Two very popular walks are listed below.
Whilst in the area visit the
Bolton Abbey Footpath Map
Embsay station is 1.5 miles from Skipton. A 1.5 mile footpath between Bolton Abbey station and Bolton Abbey.
Facilities: Both stations have tearooms, picnic areas, free car parking and gift shops
Tel 01756 795189 WebSite
There is a 1.5 mile nature trail through the peculiar shaped rocks.
Location: North East of Pickering along Dalby Forest Drive (Toll payable)
Spectacular views over Nidderdale from the fantastic formation of millstone grit rocks.
Location: 8 miles South West of Ripon, turn left off B6265 onto the B6451.
10 miles North West of Harrogate on the B6165 about 4 miles North of Dacre Banks.
Location Between Thirsk and Helmsley.
One of the 3 great monasteries of the North. It influenced the design of Rievaulx Abbey and York Minster. Europe's largest collection of medieval floor tiles in their original setting.
Location: 15 miles from York
Location: 4 miles west of Ripon, off B6265
Distance from Leeds: 27 miles. The route bypasses Harrogate a Tourist Attraction Spa Town.
Events: Various events take place throughout the year.
Website Tel: 01765 608888.
Fountains Abbey is a spectacular 12th century Cistercian abbey. Within the same park there is a visitors centre near the entrance, pick up some leaflets. See also the nearby.
Public Transport: Limited service Buses from Bradford, Ripon and Harrogate.
Website: www.fountainsabbey.org.ukOrdnance Survey Explorer Map 0298: Nidderdale Fountains Abbey (Explorer Maps)
Map 1 November, 2000
Fountains Abbey a Cistercian Monastery
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The home of the Queens cousin, the Earl of Harewood.
House Gardens Adventure Playground Bird Garden Events Exhibitions
Location: Entrance in Harewood village, on the A61 Leeds Harrogate road. 7miles from Leeds
Website: www.harewood.org Telephone: (0113) 218 1000
Transport: Bus service No. 36 Leeds Harrogate about every 20 min's. Save your bus ticket for half price entrance. A free shuttle service runs from the gatehouse to the house. Free Car Parking
6000 acres of wild moorland, valleys, reservoirs peak and crags. Send s.a.e. to The Old Goods Yard, Station Road, Marsden, Huddersfield HD7 6DH for a leaflet and guide for 6 self guided walks.
The Pennine way runs through the estate
Airedale Way: A 50 mile Walk from Leeds to Malham Tarn
For more information on this very beautiful area around Malham see: www.malhamdale.com
Mount Grace Priory
English Heritage Publications
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A 17th century manor house
Location: 4.5 miles South East of Hemsley North Yorkshire.
While in the area also see Rievaulx Abbey
A 268 mile (429km) well signed trail running North / South along the backbone of England from the Peak District through the Yorkshire Dales and over Hadrian's Wall to the Cheviot Hills. A brilliant walking experience along old miners tracks, pack horse routes and drove roads. The walk reaches a maximum height of 893m (2947 ft) at Cross Fell.
A continuous walk takes the average walker at least a fortnight, the record is 2.5 days. Sections can be done over a series of weekends.
The Pennine way runs through the Malham Estate See above.
A certificate is available for people who have completed the Pennine Way.
Ensure you know "The Mountain Code" before attempting any part of this walk see the Top Tips on the Official Pennine Way Website
Several books are listed in the left panel
Location: On the B6265 between Patley Bridge and Grassington at Greenhow
See the caverns and their amazing stalactites and stalagmites, some 170,000 years old. Open mid March to end of October
Visitor Centre, gift shop, tea room, National Park Information point.
Barnard Bolton Castle Bowes Castle Howard Not a castle but a Stately Home Clifford's Tower York Helmsley castle Knaresborough Middleham Castle Pickering Castle Richmond Castle Ripley Scarborough Castle Sheriff Hutton Skipton Castle
Helmsley castle has double earthworks, and an impressive stone keep. See the exhibition and tableau of the castle's varied history.
The favourite home of King Richard III. Enjoy the view from the massive keeps battlements, one of the tallest keeps in Britain. Visit the battlements for some great views. The castle was started 300 years before Richard III as a Norman earthwork castle. The present castle is 12thcentury.
Pickering castle was built on William the Conqueror's orders. Used as a royal hunting lodge
Ripley Castle was and is the home of the Ingilby family for the last seven hundred years. Henry Ingilby collected taxes for Edward III and helped the king to finance the construction of Windsor Castle. His brother Thomas saved the king’s life and was knighted for his courage. Looks like a fortified statly home than a castle. Besides visiting the castle see the walled gardens and the stocks in the village of Ripley.
Ripley Castle is situated in the village of Ripley on the A61 north of Harrogate
Scarborough castle has had a very long history around 2500 years as a defensive position going back to viking raid era. The castle withstood 2 sieges in the Civil war. It has also served as a prison and later as barracks until it was shelled by a German warship in 1914.
Sheriff Hutton Castle, built in the early 15th Century. It was a residence of King Richard III.
Currenly being shown on TV in the Restoration program
Situated beyond York a vast area in the direction of Whitby on the East Coast.
Ingleborough (723m) Pen y ghent (694m) and Whernside (736m). This walk is also performed as a tough race
See also www.yorkshire dales.com
Guided Walking Programs
Because of this Guided Walking Programs are organised from railway stations on this route on some Weds, Sats and Suns. Leaflets are available at stations and tourist offices.
Some of the walks are further a field from the stations and involves the use of a bus. The walks are free but train and bus fares have to be paid. The walk leaders will meet you o the destination station platform. Some walks return from a different station.
A similar scheme of Guided Walks takes place from stations on the Leeds Settle Lancaster Morecambe line.
See the leaflet with regards to footwear, clothing including waterproof clothing. There is a grading for difficulty from Moderate to Extra Strenuous.
Now on a seperate page Harrogate
Location: On the A 65 from Leeds
Tourist information centre, Post office, and bank.
A couple of hundred yards upstream from the main A65
Ingleborough 2375 feet
A less energenic Walk .5 to .75 day.
From Ingleton to the top of Ingleborough, down the other side passing Gaping Gill and Clapham Show Cave to Clapham on the A65. Fell walking away from roads so ensure you take all the necessary precautions for this activity.
White Scar Cave
Distance from Leeds: Shortest and Quickest 18 miles
Via: Harewood. Add 1 mile if you also wish to go via Harrogate
Mother Shipton's Cave
Malton is the gateway to the North Yorkshire Moors
A formidable fortress with a massive 30 metre keep set high above the river Swale. Started in 1071 by William the Conqueror to subdue the rebellious North. The present stone keep was built in the 12thcentury. The view from the keep are stunning
Distance from Leeds: Shortest 27 miles. Quickest 30 miles.
Via: Otley and Ilkley
Skipton is an attractive market town and known as "The Gateway to the Dales". Situated in the River Aire gap between the Craven Limestone hills to the North and the Millstone grit Moors to the South
Location: At the top end of the High Street, Skipton. The town grew around the 11th Century Castle
Telephone: (01756) 792442
Situated in Skipton Town Hall. Contains objects that show the unique Craven history.
Climate Current weather in Skipton
A village a few miles North of Skipton made World famous by a group of middle age women. The ladies posed naked for the Women's Institute Calendar 2003 in aid of charity.
York was the European Tourism City of the Year 2007
Beningbrough Hall has impressive baroque interiors and over 100 portraits from the National Portrait Gallery.
Location: 8 miles North West of York, off the A19 and A59
The City Walls
York city walls are very intact and most of them are remaining. The city gates are called Bars and some of them are very impressive. Views from the walls are wonderful and inspireing, if you have the time and if it's a nice day do the full circuit.
A quaint extremly old narrow street with overhanging buildings. Now a major tourist attraction full of old curiousity shop, york souveniers shops , restaurants and similar. located near to the Minster
Location: Central York
National Railway Museum, Leeman Road, York YO26 4XJ.
Location: 540 metres from York Railway Station
Period rooms, collections of furniture and artifacts
Location: Minster Yard, behind York Minster
The original Clifford's Tower was a wooden keep built on top of the Motte for William the Conqueror.
In 1190 the site of a mass suicide by many of the Jews who had taken refuge in the tower from a local mob. The remaining Jews were slaughtered by the mob. The wooden keep was set on fire.
Rebuilt in stone in the latter part of the 13th century in an unusual arrangement of 4 circular towers. The square gatehouse was added later.
Roger de Clifford, was hanged there in 1322. .The tower was named Clifford's Tower after this event.
City Walls, Yorvic , Castle Museum.
3 very popular tourist attractions
Elvington, just off the York Hull road A1079, just beyond the York Ring Road.
The largest World War 2 Bomber Command Station open to the public.
Jorvik Exhibition Centre
See the sights, hear the sounds, sniff the smells of Medieval York, or should I say Jorvik as it used to be called, in this amazing tourist attraction.
A Yorkshire coastal resort one of the main harbours having a whaling fleet of ships.
A spectacular ruin providing a spectacular skyline located on top of the high South cliff. Pedestrians can reach the Abbey by the famous 199 steps. For the less energetic you can drive to the Abbey.
North Yorkshire Hotels
Tourist attractions and places to visit
Airedale Way Almscliffe Crags Beningbrough Hall Bolton Abbey Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway Bridestones Brimham Rocks Byland Abbey Castle Howard Fountains Abbey Goredale Scar Marsden Moor Malham Tarn Malham Cove Mount Grace Priory North Yorkshire Moors Nunnington Hall Pennine Way Rievaulx Abbey Roseberry Topping Settle Carlisle Railway Studley Royal Stump Cross Caverns Three Peaks Race Whitby Abbey York Minster York Treasurer's House Yorkshire Air Museum Yorkshire Coast Yorkshire Dales
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