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God's own county - Yorkshire

I have to make a list for the county where I live, albeit most entries will eventually be for North Yorkshire, whereas I live in West Yorkshire. I am not making a separate list for the Yorkshire Dales and so this list will eventually contain part of Cumbria - but what's an acknowledged geographical lapse between Travel Buddies?

Updated May 8, 2013
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  1. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Yorkshire, UK
    The YD1 in the title is based on my intention to create a number of reviews about the Yorkshire Dales, of which this is necessarily the first. A dale is a steep sided river valley and hence usually a named dale does not cover the full length of th…
  2. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Hull, England, UK
    The free designation relates to viewing the bridge. There is a toll for traffic. Why has this review got a YD designation when it is nowhere near the Yorkshire Dales that I am covering? Because the Humber Estuary is where most of the rivers of the Da…
  3. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Yorkshire, UK
    Obviously the rivers of the Dales have to get either to the west or the east to reach the sea. However there are four major ones flowing from north to south through the Dales area. These are, from west to east Ribble, Aire, Wharfe and Nidd. The Da…
  4. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Settle, England, UK
    When it becomes larger, the Ribble flows through Lancashire but it is in the Yorkshire Dales from its source to just south of Settle. Ribbleshead, where the Ribble is formed by the joining of two streams, is delightful. There is a halt and one of …
  5. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Malham, England, UK
    Malham is one of the most attractive villages of the Yorkshire Dales, Well known sights around it are the small lake of Malham Tarn, the stark limestone scenery of Malham Cove and Gordale Scar and the small but appealing waterfall of Janet's Foss. …
  6. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Buckden, England, UK
    The Upper Wharfedale bus finishes at Buckden but the Wharfe can be followed up considerably further. However the Dale changes its name to Langstrothdale. It actually starts somewhere near the tiny settlement of Beckrmonds on Camm Fell but quite what …
  7. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Kettlewell, England, UK
    I think Wharfedale is my favourite. Whereas there are particular bits that equal any bit of Wharfedale in other dales, it is one of the longest and is striking throughout. At the head of Upper Wharfedale, Buckden (The Buck), Starbotton (Fox and H…
  8. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Grassington, England, UK
    I know I am giving 5* each time on these YD reviews but I simply love the Dales and this is great country with many features of interest. We are coming down the B6160 on the right bank of the Wharfe from Kilnsey Crag. Opposite to us is Conistone, whe…
  9. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Yorkshire, UK
    The BUT, for some unimaginable reason to ordinary folk, is that it does not fall within the Yorkshire Dales National Park. That makes it harder for me than any of the other dales to know where to start and stop - but, cheating or not, I must give a…
  10. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Keld, England, UK
    Although the numbers of visitors to Swaledale has increased, it is nothing like as well visited as Wensleydale or Wharfedale. It lie on the other side of a long ridge from Wensleydale and both sides of Swaledale are littered with remains of lead mini…
  11. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Hawes, England, UK
    Wensleydale is remarkable in not being named for its river, the Ure (it was once known as Yoredale) that later becomes the Ouse and flows through York. Wensleydale is one of the best known dales, if only because it has a cheese named after it. As …
  12. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Ingleton, England, UK
    Not everything here is free. The Waterfalls walk is the only one I know where there is a charge for riverside walks in the Yorkshire Dales. Much as I resent it, I have to say that it is worth the entrance fee, especially after heavy rain. Two rive…
  13. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Ingleton, England, UK
    In world, European or even Scottish terms, Ingleborough is not high. It's not even the highest in Yorkshire - but it does have some points of real interest. First there is Ingleborough Cave, a show cave above the village of Clapham. Higher up on that…
  14. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Hubberholme, UK
    If you go north to Buckden on the B6160 and leave it to your left over a narrow, beautiful route to Hawes, the first village you reach is Hubberholme. The small church is immediately in view with a large and ancient Yew tree in the church yard. In…
  15. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Ripon, England, UK
    Fountains Abbey is one of the best abbey ruins in Yorkshire - which means in all the UK. I'm sorry I can's locate any photos at the moment but, if you play with the website, you can see what I mean. It was a Cistercian establishment. At the time o…
  16. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Leeds, England, UK
    So you are going along a major road in one of England's seven biggest cities. What do you expect to see? Houses, offices, shops? yes. A public park? perhaps. A park with the remains of a perfect Cistercian Abbey? NO - but you will! As everybody …
  17. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Helmsley, England, UK
    Yorkshire must be the top county in England for abbey remains. This is one of the best Yorkshire abbeys. It was founded by Cistercian monks from France in Norman times and among the ruins it is still possible to see a few bits of Romanesque archit…
  18. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Settle, England, UK
    The claim made on the website to be England's most scenic railway depends a bit on definition. For a start, rather than this imposing claim, it should perhaps say 'The most scenic part of the national rail network in England.' Some of the preserved r…
  19. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Pickering, England, UK
    This railway, unlike many preserved railways, was a part of the national rail network for most of its existence. it started as the Whitby and Pickering Railway from 1832 to 1845, when George Stephenson was the advising engineer. After spells as pa…
  20. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Bretton, England, UK
    Yorkshire Sculpture Park is in a previously little known spot at the small village of Bretton in the Metropolitan District of Wakefield. It shares the grounds of Bretton Hall with part of Leeds University. There is a large indoor area including a …
  21. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Bingley, England, UK
    Britain does not have much by way of the vast canals connecting major river routes of water transport like in Germany, perhaps because our industrial canals were early and suffered terribly in competition with the railways. However the Leeds-Liver…
  22. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Keighley, England, UK
    I can't say this is my favourite preserved railway but its easily the nearest to home and it was used in the film 'The Railway Children' so it has to be worth a review! It was a normal part of British Rail until it closed in the 1960s and by the e…
  23. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Keighley, England, UK
    It's important to be clear that 'Bradford Road' is no longer the main route for traffic between the towns that goes on the newer and faster Aire Valley Road. Bradford Road is north of the river. When it was indeed the main route between the towns, it…
  24. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Bradford, England, UK
    Haworth is situated in Bradford Metropolitan District but, as seen by visitors, it seems far more like a large village in the Pennine hills of Yorkshire. The Parsonage was built in the late 18th century but Rev. Patrick Bronte and his family moved…
  25. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Hebden Bridge, England, UK
    Gibson Mill (once called Lord Holme Mill) is situated on the valley of Hebden Water in the National Trust estate of Hardcastle Crags. There are occasional buses from hebden Bidge to Midgehole, whee you will have to walk a couple of miles from the mai…
  26. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Halifax, England, UK
    'Couldn't we hold it in the Halifax Peace Hall?' asked a trade union member about an impending function. The answer took a while. For a start, there is no misspelling here. It's the PIECE Hall. Secondly, the majority of it is a very large open spa…
  27. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Halifax, England, UK
    Why 'surprisingly?' do I hear you say? First of all, it's quite easy to walk past without realising it is there at all. Secondly you have to walk right through the 'Food Therapy' healthfood shop to find stairs that are not visible from the entrance. …
  28. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Halifax, England, UK
    According to different websites it may have been the beggar's litany, the thieves' litany or the Dalesman's litany - the three H's appear in practically any order. The one I learned was 'From Hell, Hull and Halifax, Good Lord, deliver us.' We all…
  29. Free! "Hostels" in Todmorden, England, UK
    For what I think is my 250th review I am coming very close to home, to a building that I pass very often on my constitutional walks. It may not represent much travel for me but it is travel related for most members. Mankinholes is a small hamlet c…
  30. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Todmorden, England, UK
    From below it looks as if this part of the Pennine Way, England's (with a little bit in Scotland) longest footpath, runs along a ridge. Actually it is far more plateau-like when you arrive. It is one of those places where something man-made enhances …
  31. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Elslack, England, UK
    The Tempest Arms is rather an impressive building on the A56 from Colne just before it meets the A59 from Preston to Skipton. It is outside the village of Elslack, which lies above it on minor roads. You might think, on entering, that it would be …
  32. Expensive "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Hetton, England, UK
    One thing The Angel is not; that's modest, as you can see from their website. However their claims are well justified. Hetton is a small village on a minor road in the Yorkshire Dales but The Angel has frequently been written up in national newspa…
  33. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Paul, UK
    Paul may not be the best known village in England - so just a bit of geography. It is in the far west of Cornwall, the most south-westerly county in England. It is adjacent to the interesting granite church of St Pol (or St Paul) of Brittany. Arou…
  34. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Ripponden, England, UK
    When so many places put forth claims to be the 'biggest, smallest, oldest or anythingelsest' place in wherever, it is great to find one -and it is the only one I know of - that claims on a blue plaque to be 'probably' the oldest inn in Yorkshire. How…
  35. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Widdop, UK
    This pub/restaurant is quite remote, being up a small moorland road above Hebden Bridge, less than half a mile from the UK's longest footpath, 'The Pennine Way.' Locally it is generally known as 'The Ridge'. If you have not been before, unless you…
  36. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Todmorden, England, UK
    This happens to be the nearest pub/eating place to our home. However for most people it must involve travel and it less than a mile off England's longest public footpath, the Pennine Way (it even goes into Scotland - just!) It is set back from the…
  37. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Castle Bolton, UK
    Forget any feeling of absurdity at a castle called 'Bolton Castle' being in a place called 'Castle Bolton.' Both the castle and the place have held their names a long time. Castle Bolton is between Wensleydale and Swaledale. It was built in the 14…
  38. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Masham, England, UK
    The grading of 'Cheap' is based on an assumption that most people will be neither very generous nor very tight when they pass the honesty box. Th three adjectives in the title are those used on the website and I think they are more appropriate tha…
  39. Expensive "Sights & Attractions" in Wakefield, England, UK
    Nostell Priory is not one and never was - priory I mean. It is built on the site of a medieval priory and has a large estate. The gardens include lakeside walks, a newly planted orchard and an adventure playground. The house was built in 1733 and…
  40. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Heptonstall, England, UK
    Heptonstall is basically a small village, though in local government terms it is a civil parish within the Metropolitan District of Calderdale. If places were graded on the number of sights per square yard, Heptonstall would be high on a European or …
  41. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Withernsea, England, UK
    I like birds a lot - but I am not a twitcher. I like coastal walks - but with cliffs. Spurn is a twitchers' Paradise and there are absolutely no cliffs. It is, as far as England is concerned, really the back of beyond, So why did I enjoy my one visit…
  42. Expensive "Sights & Attractions" in Malton, England, UK
    I had never been to Castle Howard before last Sunday, although it is one of Yorkshire's grandest stately homes. The Howard family has one of the proudest pedigrees in England and the Howards of Castle Howard are related to the Dukes of Norfolk, hered…
  43. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Halifax, England, UK
    Dean Clough was a hive of industry, centred around Crossleys' Carpets. You would have to go some way to find such a picturesque industrial site and this one is easily seen on the main road through Halifax from Leeds and Bradford. Many of the build…
davidx says:
Actually I have never been to Scilly - but I mean to within the next two years.
Posted on: May 10, 2013
sarahsan says:
I agree David! I love your country. My last two holidays were in the Isles of Scilly. What a paradise!
Posted on: May 10, 2013
davidx says:
I hope so - I really believe it a very, very impressive county - and I'm a Devonian by birth!
Posted on: May 09, 2013
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