Short Breaks in Yorkshire

Ayup 'n welcome ta Yorksha. Did theur norrz 'a' Yorksha is t' largest county i' Englan' 'n 'as twoa glorious national parks? 'n t' reeight friendly locals allus gi' theur eur warm greetin. Thee even nip on sa far ta call thea wonderful county “God's own county”. Sa, there’s nowt rong wi' lookin for eur shoarts breyt i' Yorksha 'cos thas sure ta av eur girt tahhm.

Okay, I was playing with a Yorkshire translator I found on the internet to highlight the lovely Yorkshire accent. What I really started to say was:

Hello and welcome to Yorkshire. Did you know that Yorkshire is the largest county in England and has two glorious national parks? And the very friendly locals always give you a warm greeting. They even go so far to call their wonderful county “God's own county”. So, there’s nothing wrong with looking for a short break in Yorkshire because you’re sure to have a great time.

You’ll get used to the accent and the ways of Yorkshire folk, I promise! I still remember the first time I got on a bus whilst we were living in Sheffield, and the giant of a man driving the bus called me “love” as I bought my ticket. I had to ask some locals at the University where I was working and had it explained that all the bus drivers called male passengers “love”.




Yorkshire is a wonderful place for a holiday or short break, and the locals are renowned for being very friendly and giving visitors a warm welcome. In 2014 the 101st Tour de France had its “Grand Depart” in Yorkshire and set a new benchmark in number of roadside supporters and warmth of welcome for the race organisers and racing teams. Now, each Tour de France start is compared to the success of Yorkshire, and I’m not sure if any have bettered the welcome!

Therefore, expect friendly and helpful locals, but what you’re going to love the most is the stunning scenery of the Yorkshire Dales, Moors, coastline, and cities, towns, and villages. It is honestly breathtaking and makes a great walking and cycling area!

Yorkshire is also rich in history and has good food vibes as well. You’ve got to try the famous Yorkshire Pudding, filled with gravy and slices of roast. Whitby fish and chips also get the thumbs up, though if eating your fish and chips outside by the harbour, watch out for the aggressive seagulls as they also know it’s a tasty treat!


Fountains Abbey Ruins in Glorious Autumn Sunshine © essentially-england.comFountains Abbey Ruins in Glorious Autumn Sunshine © essentially-england.com


Short Breaks in Yorkshire


Getting to Yorkshire is pretty easy as its about 200 miles between London and York by road, and there are great train services into many of the cities and major towns. Once in Yorkshire, you can easily get around by train and bus.

We’ve selected a variety of short breaks in Yorkshire that I’m sure will entice you to start planning your next holiday. I've included travelling details and places visited, but these may change with time. Please use the links for more details, available dates, and prices.


York, Historic Homes, & North Yorkshire Moors Railway
5 Days / 4 Nights


Travel

Make your own way to/from your York hotel.

Visit

  • York, Fairfax House, & Nunnington Hall.
  • Goathland, Whitby,  & North Yorkshire Moors Railway.
  • Discover Helmsley Castle and Castle Howard.


Scarborough & The Yorkshire Coastline
5 Days / 4 Nights


Travel

Coach travel to Scarborough hotel & back from various pick-up points.

Visit

  • Discover Scarborough & its castle.
  • Great days out exploring Whitby, Goathland, Hornsea, & Beverley.
  • Optional extra day out in historic York.
  • Exciting hotel evening entertainment.


Whitby & North Yorkshire Moors Railway
5 Days / 4 Nights


Travel

Coach travel to Whitby hotel & back from various pick-up points.

Visit

  • Goathland, North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Pickering, & Ryedale Folk Museum.
  • Optional extra day out in historic York.
  • Scarborough.







A Taste of Stately High Life in Yorkshire
5 Days / 4 Nights


Travel

Make your own way to/from your York Hotel.

Visit

  • Guided tour of Harewood House & lunch. Harrogate visit.
  • Guided tours of Newby Hall & Ripley Castle.
  • Guided tours of Allerton Castle & Goldsborough Hall.


Yorkshire Gems: Harrogate & York Minster
5 Days / 4 Nights


Travel

Coach travel to Harrogate hotel & back from various pick-up points.

Visit

  • Explore historic York and York Minster.
  • Optional extra day out to the quirky market town of Knaresborough.
  • Journey into the Dales and discover Grassington & Skipton.


Historic York & The Dales

5 Days / 4 Nights


Travel

Coach travel to hotel in Leeds area & back from various pick-up points.

Visit

  • Discover wonderful York and York Minster.
  • Venture into the Dales and wander through Grassington & Skipton.
  • Optional extra day out to Knaresborough & Harrogate.







Walking in The Yorkshire Dales Near Settle © essentially-england.comWalking in The Yorkshire Dales Near Settle © essentially-england.com





Walking Breaks in Yorkshire

Railway Tracks & Walking

5 Days / 4 Nights


Travel

Make your own way to/from your Skipton hotel.

Visit

  • Train trip on the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway. Walk the Bolton Abbey river loop (11km/7 miles).
  • Train trip on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway. Visit Haworth and tackle the Bronte Moor walk via Bronte Bridge & Falls (9km/5.5 miles).
  • Take the train from Skipton to Settle to start a walk along the Pennine Bridleway (10.5km/6.5 miles).


The Dales Way

8 Days / 7 Nights


Travel

Make your own way to Ikley and return from Windermere.

Visit

  • Walk Ikley to Burnsall (21km/13 miles).
  • Burnsall to Hubberholme (26km/16 miles).
  • Hubberholme to Cowgill (23km/14 miles).
  • Cowgill to Sedbergh (18km/11 miles).
  • Sedbergh to Burneside (26km/16 miles) & taxi to Bowness.
  • Taxi to Burneside & walk back to Bowness (16km/10 miles).


Coast to Coast: Walk Kirkby Stephen to Robin Hood's Bay
9 Days / 8 Nights


Travel

Make your own way to Kirkby Stephen  and return from Robin Hood's Bay.

Visit

  • Walk from Kirkby Stephen to Keld (24km/15 miles).
  • Keld to Reeth (20km/12 miles).
  • Reeth to Richmond (20km/12 miles).
  • Richmond to Osmotherley (39km/24 miles).
  • Osmotherley to Blakey (34km/21 miles).
  • Blakey to Grosmont (18km/11 miles).
  • Grosmont to Robin Hood's Bay (26km/15 miles).







York City Wall © essentially-england.comYork City Wall © essentially-england.com





Special Interest Short Breaks in Yorkshire

The World of James Herriot: Skipton & Yorkshire
5 Days / 4 Nights


Travel

Return coach travel to Yorkshire hotel from various pick-up points.

Visit

  • World of James Herriot Museum.
  • Explore Thisk and Ripon.
  • Enjoy a relaxing cruise along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.
  • Discover Skipton & Haworth.
  • Optional extra day out to Harrogate & York.


Gentleman Jack's Charming Yorkshire
5 Days / 4 Nights


Travel

Return coach travel to Halifax hotel from various pick-up points.

Visit

  • Halifax Piece Hall & Shibden Hall & Park.
  • Salts Mill and Saltaire.
  • Train ride on Keighley & Worth Valley Railway to Haworth.
  • Optional extra day out to York & Harrogate.


Emmerdale Village - The Tour

2 Days / 1 Nights


Travel

Return coach travel to Yorkshire hotel from various pick-up points.

Visit

  • Discover the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales and market town of Skipton with its castle and canal.
  • Enjoy a guided walking tour around Emmerdale TV village near Leeds, a must for all Emmerdale soap opera fans.














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Goodbye from Yorkshire or Tarreur fra Yorksha.






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