British Travel Journal

TOP TEN PLACES TO VISIT IN YORKSHIRE

Britain's largest county has a proud identity all of its own

- Words | Adrian Mourby

From walks through National Parks, beautiful historic cities, luxury hotels to charming seaside resorts, there's plenty to discover on a tour of Britain's largest county.

BRITAIN IS A long country, running over 700 miles on its north-south axis. This means that our greatest national variations are not found between towns on the east and west coasts but between the north and south. Half way up the country, and closer to Scotland than London, stands Yorkshire, solid and sturdy, and the biggest county in England. Historical­ly Yorkshire was so far from the king in London that it had its own autonomous archbishop since before the Norman Conquest. In the Middle Ages the dukes of York were so powerful they seized the English throne from time to time.

Today Yorkshire remains proud of its sense of difference. It has produced many great writers including the Brontë sisters, Ted Hughes and even Alan Bennett. In the visual arts it was the birthplace home of Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and of David Hockney, whose work still celebrates his native Saltaire in West Yorkshire. Moreover the British music hall and BBC television would have run out of comedians years ago if it weren't for the dry humour of Yorkshire.

So here is our guide to the Top Ten places to visit in Yorkshire in 2021 and if this whets your appetite there are many more for you to discover on a second visit in the years to come.

 ??  ?? Pictured: Looking from the steps of a hillside towards the pier at Whitby, North Yorkshire.
Pictured: Looking from the steps of a hillside towards the pier at Whitby, North Yorkshire.

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