Yorkshire and its Visitor Attractions
Yorkshire is the largest county in the United Kingdom. Within its natural boundaries lie the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the North York Moors and parts of the Peak District National Park. Large swathes of this dramatic countryside are designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Yorkshire's heritage coastline is punctuated by resorts such as Scarborough as well as small, hidden fishing villages like Whitby. The northern coast backs on to the picturesque North York Moors, which consists of heather moorland and deep valleys.
The villages of Pickering, Kettlewell and Skipton remain unspoilt, like the windswept moors and heathland that surround them. Other picturesque towns like Slaithwaite, Marsden and Holmfirth make the rugged beauty of the Pennine Way far more accessible and prove ideal bases from which to explore the region.
The award-winning Go-Ape Forest Park, in Dalby Forest is one of the best activity centres in the county and features a tree-top adventure course, consisting of rope bridges and zip slides
The Dalesbridge Centre, in the Forest of Bowland, is also worth visiting and includes supervised abseiling, canoeing, rock climbing and cycling. Airbourne pastimes are also popular in Yorkshire, with a number of centres offering a hot air ballooning, gliding and parascending.
History and Culture
The county, like many others in Britain has a diverse and varied history. This is illustrated by the well preserved castles at Bowes, Pickering and York. These medieval structures are among the finest in all of Britain.
Many of these fortifications date back to Norman times and are protected by the National Heritage. Yorkshire also has a rich cultural heritage, exemplified by famous authors like the Bronte sisters and Bram Stoker.
Yorkshire's literary heritage is vividly exhibited in Haworth. The Bronte Parsonage Museum, their well-preserved house, contains many of their original possessions.
Yorkshire's industrial past can also be seen in the old centres of Leeds and Hull. However heavy industry has now been largely replaced. Cities like Leeds have experienced extensive redevelopment and now feature new shopping precincts, restaurants and bars.