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Swaledale in Yorkshire

The big outdoorsLeeds is within easy reach of three areas of natural beauty and dramatic scenery

The countryside is probably one of the first things you think of when you hear the word 'Yorkshire', but it's certainly not all it's famous for. Yorkshire is steeped in history, has more than 100 miles of coastline to explore and diverse towns and cities - from buzzing big cities such as Sheffield to the elegance of Harrogate and York.

Outdoor life

Leeds is within easy reach of three areas of great natural beauty and dramatic scenery:

  • Yorkshire Dales
  • North Yorkshire Moors
  • Peak District

The Yorkshire countryside is ideal for outdoor activities such as walking, horse riding, climbing and mountain biking.

The Yorkshire Dales are known for their picturesque villages as well as bustling market towns, like Skipton and Hawes. You'll find tea rooms, and shops selling fine local produce such as traditional ales, Wensleydale cheese and traditional handmade crafts. Weekly markets sell produce from Yorkshire farmers.

The North York Moors National Park has one of the largest areas of heather moorland in the UK. The stunning landscape is also characterised by ruined abbeys and castles, majestic sea cliffs and secluded beaches.

North Yorkshire Moors Steam RailwayA trip on the North Yorkshire Moors steam railway will take you to Goathland, famous as the setting for TV's Heartbeat and to Skipton which, like the other historic market towns of Helmsley and Malton, has remained unchanged for generations.

The Peak District is the most visited national park in the UK. You will find greatly contrasting landscapes from the tranquillity of dales and river valleys to dramatic rock formations. The terrain is perfect for adventure sports such as caving and rock climbing.

Images courtesy of Welcome to Yorkshire

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  3. Historical Yorkshire
  4. Coastal Yorkshire