We have finally had a downpour of much-needed rain here in North Yorkshire after a spell of warm and sunny weather. Of course, that glorious sunshine made lockdown living far easier for people stuck at home, but we weren’t far off doing a rain dance last week! Our herd is out grazing now, and their grass really needed a good spell of rain to carry on growing. Spring grass is the most incredible natural feed for dairy cows, so we really were so pleased to see the wet stuff start falling from the sky again this week! Perhaps sunny days with the odd night of rain might be more suitable?!
Those days and days of sunshine did get us daydreaming about all the fabulous places there are to visit in Yorkshire. We may still be wondering exactly when we are going to be able to go out an explore again, but there’s nothing wrong with thinking about where to go when we can! Here are our top five favourite places to visit Yorkshire – have you been to all of them? You can be sure we’ll be heading off to explore them all over again once it’s safe to do so…
These cascading triple-flight waterfalls on the River Ure are a stunning spot to spend a little time in the open air. The nearby Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre is a font of knowledge about local walks to try and villages to explore. The Coppice Café just next to the Centre sells a wonderful range of food and drink with tasty meals made from local Yorkshire produce.
The Black Sheep Brewery
A true icon of Masham, the Black Sheep Brewery has been operating in the town since the 1990s and is a brilliant day out for beer lovers. Take a tour of the brewery to see the production process first-hand and then enjoy the café, bar and gift shop once you’re finished. From the original Black Sheep Ale and Riggwelter to IPAs, pale ales, stouts and porters, there’s something for a wide range of tastes!
Fountains Abbey and Studley Water Gardens
This 900-year-old abbey and Georgian water gardens is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and National Trust property. Jam-packed full of heritage and educational sites, there are over 800 acres for you to explore, including a medieval deer park, Cistercian mill and an Elizabethan Hall. That’s enough to keep even the most energetic children entertained and ensure a quiet car journey home at the end of the day…
The Himalayan Gardens & Sculpture Park
Nestled in a tranquil Yorkshire valley setting, this park and gardens is home to more than 80 striking contemporary sculptures. There’s plenty to explore including woodland, gardens and an arboretum dotted around 3 calming lakes. There are a number of interesting features to find including a Himalayan Shelter, Pagoda, Summerhouse, decorative Bridges and a Contemplation Circle.
Stump Cross Caverns
Another super day out for keeping children entertained, Stump Cross Caverns has a hilltop show cave, fossil quiz and exciting fairy door trail. There’s also a cosy café with stunning views of the Yorkshire Dales and a tasty menu of locally produced delights. A spot of lunch there and a look around the gift shop ensures both adults and children head home happy and content.
What are your favourite spots to spend a day out in the glorious Yorkshire countryside? We would love to hear about them and add them to our post-lockdown adventure list!