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Exploring Yorkshire Across Stepping Stones and Cliffs

By 13th January 2014 No Comments
Feversham Arms Hotel

Yorkshire, the largest and one of the most beautiful counties in England, is a place of history and magic.

Known as ‘God’s Own County’, Yorkshire is famous for its literary past, unique dialect, and picturesque landscapes. There is something for everyone in Yorkshire, England!

Exploring Yorkshire

A writer’s paradise, Yorkshire has inspired poets and novelists alike. Commonly referred to as Bronte Country, the western moorlands of Yorkshire are a must-see for fans of the Bronte sisters. The journey begins in the quaint village of Haworth, home to the Bronte’s. Tour the home of the sisters at The Bronte Parsonage Museum. Maintained by the Bronte Society, the museum allows a glimpse into the lives and writings of the talented siblings.

The countryside surrounding the town contains the beautiful Bronte Waterfall, a top destination for hikers. From here, continue the journey on one of the well-maintained footpaths to the ruined farm house, Top Withens. The derelict building, said to have inspired Emily Bronte’s classic, Wuthering Heights, is surrounded by the haunting, windswept moorland Yorkshire is known for. A quick stop in the small village of Stanbury at The Old Silent Inn to rest and grab a bite to eat is the perfect way to end to a Bronte-filled day!

The unique dialects of Yorkshire are due in part to its colorful past. The city of York, considered the most haunted city in England, pays homage to its Nordic past with the Jorvik Viking Center. Archaeological excavations reveal the tools, weapons, and home goods of the early Viking town, providing a window into the past for history lovers and curiosity seekers alike. Wander over to Clifford’s Tower to check out the Norman influence in the region.

The remains of William the Conqueror’s castle sits atop a mound in Old York and offers a panorama of the countryside. Unlike Henry VIII’s political enemies, you’re allowed to leave after an enlightening tour of the premises!

Yorkshire is known for its beautiful landscapes. The Dales are a distinctive series of river-cut valleys not found anywhere else in England. Recharge your spirit and stretch your limbs with an invigorating hike through the breathtaking landscape of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Established in 1954, the park encompasses almost 2000 square kilometers of land to roam. Scale the Three Peaks and wander through one of over the 20 dales throughout the park, taking in the unique wildlife and atmosphere of each. Secure a bird guide and binoculars to search for the rare and beautiful birds of the area, such as the Alpine Penny-Cress and the Black Grouse. Indulge your adventurous side in the southern part of the park, home to ‘Limestone Country’. The scenery provides a maze of limestone crags and caves, sure to enchant the natural explorer in you.

Yorkshire is at once both comfortably familiar and yet dramatically different from anywhere else on the planet. Whether you lose yourself in the wild and mysterious romance of the moors or take a step back in time while exploring the enduring castles and peaceful villages, pubs, and eateries, Yorkshire is a must-see for the whole family.

Pride of Britain Hotels in Yorkshire

Feversham Arms Hotel

The Feversham Arms Hotel and Verbena Spa is a world-class luxury destination situated in the picturesque
North Yorkshire village of Helmsley. Designed with comfort in mind, the interior creates a welcoming environment for guests, who are immediately put at ease. The hotel never compromises on quality, and every detail has been carefully crafted to ensure all guests enjoy and relax The Feversham experience.

All 33 bedrooms which includes an impressive 22 suites are tastefully designed with many boasting log
burning stoves, balconies and terraces around the pool and large living spaces. In addition to the luxurious rooms and suites, there hotel also offers welcoming lounges, a snug, bar, pool garden and heated outdoor pool, which is open all year round.

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Judges Country House Hotel

Judges Country House Hotel was built on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors in 1881 as a family
residence. In the 1970s the building was transformed into a country lodging for circuit court judges – hence the name. The carefully restored house, replete with glossy Victorian woodwork, has a comfortable, clubby atmosphere that is known to play havoc with guests’ short-stay plans! Adding to its charm are the lovely gardens, with their sunny terraces, Victorian walled garden where fruit and vegetables are grown for the kitchens, and extensive woodland walkways.

Judges Country House Hotel is a delightful getaway for families, couples and business travellers. Special
break packages such as ‘Bubbly Bygone’, ‘Romantic Break’ and ‘Valentine’ are available. Hotel bedrooms come equipped with free internet access and MP3 docks. Judges Country House Hotel is a terrific base for exploring the Yorkshire Moors, visiting the ancient abbeys of Rosedale and Rievaulx or Mount Grace Priory, as well as the coast at Whitby. Fossil-hunting is a must, and Captain Cook is celebrated with his own museum and monument.

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The Devonshire Arms Hotel

Situated on the Duke of Devonshire’s 30,000 acre Bolton Abbey Estate in the Yorkshire Dales, The
Devonshire Arms Country House Hotel boasts 40 luxury bedrooms, each individual in style. From the affectionately named ‘Old Wing’ which dates back to 1757 where you’ll find fantastic charm and character, to the modern ‘Wharfedale Wing’ which was added by the then Duchess of Devonshire in 1982 and refurbished by the current Duchess of Devonshire in early 2009.

Wining and Dining: Two of the most highly regarded restaurants in Yorkshire; the refined Burlington with 4
AA rosettes, or the Devonshire Brasserie and Bar which is lively and colourful is a delightful contrast. Common to both is the excellence of the food, a superb wine list and dedicated attention from enthusiastic staff. Fresh local produce including Estate meat and game with seasonal vegetables and herbs from our kitchen gardens are used to offer you an outstanding adventure of tastes and textures in the Burlington restaurant. An experience to savour!

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Middlethorpe Hall Hotel

Middlethorpe Hall is a William III country house, close to the historic city of York and set in 20 acres
of manicured gardens and parkland. Built in 1699, it was once the home of the famous diarist Lady Mary Wortley-Montagu. After a period of neglect, the Hall was restored with carefully chosen antiques and fine pictures. The bedrooms, each decorated individually, are located in the house and in the 18th-century courtyard alongside. The panelled dining rooms overlooking the gardens and the imaginative food follows the theme of traditional excellence. There are two rooms available for private parties.

Middlethorpe Spa contains a large swimming pool, spa bath, steam room, sauna, gymnasium and three beauty
treatment salons. Qualified therapists provide treatments using Decléor, E’Spa, Caci Quantum and Jessica products. The hotel also has a small conference centre ideal for meetings and private entertaining.
In September 2008, Middlethorpe Hall became the property of the National Trust by donation, with all profits benefiting the house and the charity.

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