Swaledale, Yorkshire Dales, North England. Photo Kreuzschnabel
Yorkshire Things to Do
North England hosts some superb hiking, biking and riding in magnificently satisfying expanses of rolling green scattered with old villages, ancient dry-stone walls and rampant sheep but can be wind and rain blasted so a certain tolerance of variable weather conditions – and clothing to suit- is useful for full enjoyment of this grand landscape.
The best outdoor action in North England – apart from the stunning Lake District or a stroll along Hadrian’s Wall on the Scottish border – is in the Dales to the west or the bleak North York Moors on and around the east coast.
Kidsty Pike in The Dales, a terrific activity base if ever-changing weather is not a problem – hiking, biking, riding, gliding. Photo by Kreuzschnabel
Ilkley moor, Cow and Calf Rocks. Photo Jon Farman. Ilkley Moor (the highest part of Rombalds Moor) in West Yorkshire, near the spa town of Ilkley, was the inspiration for the well-known Yorkshire song ‘On Ilkla Moor Bah ‘tat’. Apart from moorland hiking and occasional climbing there are prehistoric rock carvings in the neighbourhood.
Walking the Gordale Scar, Yorkshire Dales. Photo Nilfanion