By ‘eck, Yorkshire is handsome. Indeed, every Yorkshire man and woman will tell you it is God’s Own Country – and they do have a point. Particularly when it comes to the 680 square miles that make up the Yorkshire Dales National Park. From bucolic, chocolate-box villages to Wuthering Heights style wilderness, the breathtaking beauty of this region is hard to beat.
That sense of old England, lost in so many other places, is not lost here. It’s very much alive. Time runs at a different pace – perhaps because it makes you stop and linger over each astonishing panorama presenting itself at every turn.
The region is characterised by table-top-flat hills and rolling pastures barely contained by dry stone walls. Nestled within these rural expanses, elegant Georgian market towns are set against backdrops of centuries’ old castles and abbeys. And all of this glorious realm is densely populated by tea rooms, pubs and well-fed sheep.