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Englands highest peak isn’t a playground for the inexperienced, especially this time of the year, mountain rescuers have warned.

Wasdale Mountain Rescue team has said is getting worrying the increase in the number of avoidable incidents on Scafell Pike, coming after the latest incident when two people got caught out on the hill in the dark.

The key word is “avoidable” they have no problem if it’s a real emergency they have no problems, but inexperienced people are taking to the hills when the weather is turning.

The pair had set off at 3pm with no navigation equipment or torches.

Team spokesman Richard Warren said it was: ‘a classic example of a totally avoidable situation where two young adult walkers can drive up to the Lakes that day, arriving at 3pm and set off for the summit when the clocks have just gone back.

“At 5pm it’s getting dark and at 6pm with only the light from their mobile phones they are lost and on very difficult ground near the summit of the highest mountain in England.”

The Wasdale team was called out by police at just after 6pm after two walkers rang 999.


Mr Warren said: “The team leader used smartphone technology to accurately locate their position but they did not have the map, the compass and torches or the skill and experience to make their way safely down, avoiding the danger areas.

“Due to the situation and the potential for injuries descending with just mobile phones, the team leader had no choice but to mobilise the team: two in the control room back at base and seven team members on the hill for a four-hour rescue.

“It is of great concern to the Wasdale team that this type of situation is becoming more and more frequent.

“Many teams across the Lake District are struggling to understand the lack of thought and consideration for the volunteers who go out in all weathers, day and night at any hour.

“The Wasdale team has dealt with nearly 100 callouts so far this year including five fatalities.

“We need to get the message across that Scafell Pike is not a playground for the inexperienced walkers who believe that setting off at 3pm to climb the highest mountain in England with inadequate equipment is a sensible thing to do.”

So if you are planning on heading to the hills this winter, make sure you are experienced or with someone who is experienced.

With snow starting to hit the hills as well, make sure you have decent clothing and footwear on.

Don’t let us stop you from hitting the hills this winter, the opposite actually, it’s amazing how much the hills and the countryside changes across the different seasons. We just want you to do it safely. It’s worth reading instructions on the details needs when calling Mountain Rescue.

Happy Hiking.

There is something almost mystical when it comes to visiting historical landmarks such as castles. 

Spread across the UK, they are stamps of the British history and have survived many years and, luckily, many have the protection in place to survive many more years to come, preserving this step back into medieval times for our children and grandchildren. 

Conisbrough lies in South Yorkshire, standing proud above the River Don, rising from a limestone and clay hill and is a prime example of a well preserved and protected part of history. 

Parts of the floor and roof have been restored recently to provide visitors protection from the elements and to re-ignite the real feel of the 12th century building as well as a brand new visitor centre, making this one impressive landmark which is worth a visit from anywhere in the UK.

This is another English Heritage site, one of many of across the country – which you need to visit and explore.

A Brief History of Conisbrough Castle

The walls. Conisbrough Castle is a medieval fortification in Conisbrough, South Yorkshire, England. The castle was initially built in the 11th century

Conisbrough Castle is believed to have originally begun as a motte and bailey design around 1070 by William de Warenne who was the son-in-law of William the Conqueror and the acting first Earl of Surrey.

What we see that stands there today was built by the man that Warenne’s great-granddaughter, Isabel, married. 

Known as Hamelin Plantagenet, he was the half-brother of Henry II, and both Isabel and Hamelin visited Conisbrough on a regular basis.

Hamelin built the stone keep which, based on its style, has been dated to the 1170’s or 1180’s and later in 1189, they created a chaplain at the castle. 

It was noted that the work done by Hamelin was of unusual and advanced design for the time, and the stone he used was of high quality, which is maybe why the castle stands proudly still till this day.

Over the years, the castle fell into the hands of many royal officials including Thomas, the Earl of Lancaster and Richard of Conisbrough and his wife, who later remained in the castle till her death as his widow. 

Between 1446-1538, the use of the castle had ceased and had become almost ruinous, which in fact worked in its favour, as it meant it avoided damage during the English Civil War.

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Famous in Fiction

Conisbrough Castle has achieved world wide fame thanks to a beautiful novel written by Sir Walter Scott, titled Ivanhoe. 

Sir Walter Scott wrote many novels, yet Ivanhoe was easily the most popular one written. 

It has been made into plays, dramas and movies with some of the most famous actors and actresses starting out their career featuring in Ivanhoe- the TV series even featured Roger Moore, and to a certain degree, it was this that launched is acting career.

Written in approximately 1820, Sir Walter Scott used Conisbrough as the main setting for this novel. 

He believed it was Anglo Saxon and throughout the book he gives great detail of the layout and set up of the castle, which presented the castle so beautiful and dramatic as it once stood; the perfect setting for a love story set in 1194 in Saxon England.

Special Events

Conisbrough Castle Spooktakular

When: Saturday 27th October 2018

Costs: Free

The Keep

The keep is by far the most interesting part of the stronghold and is a must see for all visitors.

The circular keep reaches a staggering 100 feet high and is supported by six buttresses which give it a star shaped cross section

The entrance to the keep is on the first floor accessed via a modern staircase. 

As mentioned earlier, the unique design was innovative to the time and marks an important period in the evolution of castle design, a move that evolved in response to possible new methods of attack including undermining. 

The six large buttresses keeping its strength are solid apart from one that holds the chapel and the staircases are built into the main masonry of the tower.  

It is because of this, that it is one of the finest keeps in England.

The Curtain Wall and Inner Bailey Buildings

The curtain wall was not as well constructed as the keep and consists of cornerstones or quoins at the angles. 

When looking at the castle with a compass, the east, south and west have five small semi-circular mural towers which, although are believed to be contemporary with the wall, they are not well bonded to it.  Upon closer inspection of the wall, it is apparent that the south-west tower may have begun leaning outwards at an early date.  To the north, the curtain wall has no towers as it is here the building has natural defence from the slope of the hill.

The curtain wall was once lined with buildings from every direction apart from the east, yet only remains of these walls survive.  These walls would have created rooms such as halls, service rooms, kitchens and residential chambers, made up of two floors in some areas, the ground floors would have been used for storage or service individuals.

Something Here for Everyone

Thanks to the recent renovations beginning in 1992 and lasting till the castles re-opening in 1995, it now has a great visitor centre and interesting audio-visual displays.  Most parts of the castle can be accessed by visitors including the keep, private chambers and the impressive steep, curving staircases.  Not only can visitors experience the unique and innovative construction styles, there is also the chance to gain an insight into some of the times most interesting characters including Lord Hamelin and Lady Isabel de Warenne.  Animated characters are projected on to the castle walls as you explore the grounds, allowing visitors a special insight into the lives they lived many hundreds of years ago.

The castle is one of Yorkshires most popular tourist attractions and it is easy to see why.    The step back in time can be enjoyed by the whole family, old and young, and the outer grounds including the defences, ditches and banks provide the perfect areas to enjoy picnics and play games. The visitor centre welcomes all to discover more about the history by viewing object displays, digital models and illustrated panels helping bring the castles exciting history back to life.

If you find yourself constantly intrigued about British culture and where we’ve come from across the years, it’s very likely you may already show a keen interest in exploring our various stately homes, halls and places of historical interest. 

One of the most intriguing sites of historical importance is Brodsworth Hall, situated in the heart of South Yorkshire. 

Once home to a Victorian dynasty and largely preserved for visitors to learn more about across the years, Doncaster’s own Victorian time capsule has only been opened up in recent years to show new generations the height of heritage in their area. 

But just what does Brodsworth Hall have in store for visitors once they get there? 

Let’s delve a little bit into the history books and take a closer look.

A Brief History of Brodsworth

Brodsworth Hall in its final state was first built during the 1860s and was home to the Thelluson family for more than a century.  Built for Charles Thelluson in a style similar to that reserved for Queen Victoria, it sits on what is still believed to have once been a route used by Romans to help build Doncaster in ancient times. 

While there is a wider and fascinating history to the Brodsworth estate in general that far predates the Hall’s acquisition by Thelluson, it is this period of the home which largely stands tall today.

Thelluson requested the commission of architect Philip Wilkinson to create an Italianate summer retreat – something of a gentleman’s estate – complete with a full wing for servants to live in! 

The Hall passed into the hands of Thelluson’s sons and onwards through the years, up unto the point where the magnificent Hall and its gardens sadly fell into something of disrepair. 

The last known resident of Brodsworth Hall passed away in 1988 – and since then, it has been the focus of a careful restoration and revival project, only having been well and truly opened up to visitors in recent times.  Therefore, you can now take a trip back in time to see how Victorian gentlemen truly lived – in what remains a fascinating restoration project.

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Let’s cover the costs – this is part of the  and therefore if you have an annual pass you can visit for free (assuming it not a special event – these cost more but see below).

There are so many English Heritage sites to visit, I would highly recommend getting the yearly pass.

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A True Time Capsule

One of the main reasons people flock to Brodsworth Hall lies in the fact that, despite its restoration, there are still plenty of artefacts and facilities which have been kept as-is. 

This means that, while the major sources of disrepair have been attended to over the years, there has been careful attention made to ensure that the effects and marks left here by the Thelluson family and beyond can still be marvelled at to this day. 

It’s a carefully-preserved museum, a true Victorian time capsule – one with enormous ‘grand rooms’ on the ground floor and with other spaces kept in the same fashion and expectations of the day.

From the grand billiard room to the deep and expansive Victorian kitchen – still with cooking range and scullery installed – you can take on a full, guided tour here. 

It is like stepping into a teatime costume drama at times – it really is fascinating to see quite how many items, paintings, flourishes, furnishings and otherwise have been retained here for future generations to appraise and enjoy. 

The house has therefore been kept to the same standards, largely, they were left in since the passing on the home’s final resident, Sylvia Grant-Dalton.  This means that while some decoration and effects have faded or fallen on hard times, they retain a sense of historic majesty – it’s a living museum in the sense that it’s not been created – but left here as it was always intended.

Grandiose Gardens

One of the most attractive features of Brodsworth Hall today remains the incredible gardens which are constantly attended to – offering spectacular floral displays and an intriguing walk through garden artwork and statues throughout the exterior estate, there’s a really romantic feeling here that’s been cultivated with care and passion. 

The summerhouse here has been fully restored for guests to enjoy the gardens in from beyond, and one of the major things to see here lies in the various garden displays which have been crafted in miniature.  It’s a multitude of gardens, floral artwork and ideas all rolled into one spectacular space.

Tantalising Tearoom and Terrace

Brodsworth Hall and Gardens are all about exploring our distant history and learning a little bit more about the world we lived in in centuries gone by. 

After a time, however, you’re going to need some refreshment – so why not head to the Hall’s special tearoom, where you can take in the majesty of the home, gardens and surrounding area from the outdoor terrace? 

There’s traditional Yorkshire food and drink available here for the whole family to sample and enjoy, though you’re also welcome to bring along your own picnic to enjoy in the main gardens – make it a day out to remember any which way you can!

Special Events

Brodsworth Hall is also hosting to several events and exhibitions each year, much of it revolving around specific historical events that took place here – from the origins of the home to the lives of those who lived and worked here, there’s always something new to be unearthed, discovered or learned about here.

It’s therefore always worth keeping an eye on what’s in store here from season to season.

History

They recently had a historian down, dressed from the “Home Guard” teaching the kids about WW2 in the area, letting them use training grenades and marching with wooden rifles.


Haunted Hall Ghost Tours

Did you know Brodsworth Hall us haunted. We dare you to visit for a candlelit ghost tour and hear from spooky stories.

A tourch is highly recommended and is a must for family fun adventure.

Sat 27th, Sun 28th Oct, Sat 3rd, Sun 4th Nov – time 6pm – 7pm.

Price – £5/£3 (£10/£6 for non members)

It’s highly recommend booking in advance.


TorchLight Ghost Tours

Ages 14+

If the above wasn’t scary enough for you, then why not head during the night for a tourch light ghost tour.

Sat 27th Sun 28th Oct, Sat 3rd and Sun 4th Nov – time 7:30pm – 8:30pm

Price – £5/£3 (£10/£6 for non members)

Booking is essential


Spooky Half Term

Head down to Brodsworth hall between Sat 27th October – 4th November (11am – 4pm) for some frighting fun. Hear storeis from the victorian undertaker and find out how spooky and gruesome it was to live in Victorian England.

Price – Free for members. (£11.30/£6.80 for non members)


Santa Clause

Enjoy an Audience with father Christmas. The children with gather round with father christmas and enjoy some tales before having a photo taken with the big man.

There is a gift in store for the young boys and girls.

Sat 1st, Sun 2nd, Sat 8th, Sun 9th December. 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm and 2:30pm.

Price – Adults free. Children £5 (£8.80/£10.30 for non members).

Booking is highly recommended.


Enchanted Brodsworth

Make the most of the dark evenings, by taking a stroll around the grounds and seeing the place light up. The hall and gardens are transformed into an illuminated world and is a must see.

Follow the trail to discover the garden in a new light, enjoy mulled wine and marshmallows toasting in the courtyard.

Thursday 6th – Sunday 9th December 

Thursday 13th – Sunday 16th December

Thursday 20th – Saturday 22nd December

Time – 4:30pm – 9pm.

Prices – £8/£5/£21 for family ticket (£12/£7.50/£31.60 for family tickets for non members).

Booking is highly essential.


Park for the Kids

This was being updated when we visited, but it was still a nice little park for the kids too play in.

It has a nice couple of picnic benches to have a bite to eat if you don’t fancy the cafe.

Kids Play Park at Brodsworth Hall

Something Here for Everyone

Whether you’re taking in the majestic Hall itself or the glorious gardens, there’s something here for everyone to marvel at and enjoy.  From tranquillity in nature to fascination at the world we’ve come from, Brodsworth Hall is a hidden gem for anyone who may not have visited Doncaster before. 

There’s much more to the grounds, the history and the gardens than we’ve given credit for here – so do make sure you get the whole family invested in a great trip out the next time you are in the vicinity. 

Fascinated about the Victorian era, or just fancy taking an afternoon out for tea on the terrace somewhere authentic?  Come to Brodsworth!

If you are heading to Doncaster – check out why visit Doncaster which contains some great other local attractions.

If you do fancy visiting then you can sign up at the English Heritage site for a year pass – otherwise, you can pay when you arrive.

With the annual pass – it means you can visit multiple times and make use of the all the events which are planned in the coming months.

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Adult£11.30£12.50
Child (5-17 years)£6.80£7.50
Concession £10.20£11.30
Family (2 adults, up to 3 children)£29.40£32.50
Overseas Visitor Pass (9 or 16 days unlimited)Buy now

Doncaster is one of the major market towns of South Yorkshire and, as such, oversees a large borough beyond the main town centre. 

It’s more than just a stop on the Leeds to London King’s Cross line – as while it may get overshadowed by neighbouring university cities such as Sheffield, it holds a huge amount of historical interest for many people who are interested in learning about where we’ve come from as a settlement.

While it’s home to hundreds of thousands of people and families, it’s also a great place to visit for days out, taking the kids away on activity days and more besides – so let’s dive in and take a closer look at why Doncaster should be given a little more focus.

Conisbrough Castle, Conisbrough, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England
Conisbrough Castle, Conisbrough, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England

History

Like many market towns and cities across Yorkshire, Doncaster has a long and varied past which can be seen and celebrated at various different sites and points of interest. 

It’s thought that the town once started life as a Roman settlement, though archaeology has shown that the town was built up during medieval times with a name meaning ‘river fort’ – named after the River Don which runs alongside. 

Conisbrough Castle was built here after the Norman Conquest and, following a slow building up of markets across the centuries, the town quickly became the most profitable of its size in the county. 

What’s even more fascinating is that Doncaster is still technically the property of the Scottish – as it was offered to Scotland as part of the Treaty of Durham in 1136, but never formally given back!

There’s plenty more to Doncaster’s history than we are letting on in our few sentences here alone – which is why it is all the more worthwhile you dive into the culture and history of the town yourself. 

Conisbrough Castle, for example, is still open to the public and still stands as an English Heritage site, meaning that it is protected for centuries to come. 

This majestic fortress has stood here since the 12th century – a truly marvellous relic that’s one of the iconic landmarks of the wider Doncaster area.

Sunshine at English 19th Century Stately Home, Brodsworth, South Yorkshire.

Brodsworth Hall and Gardens

While on the subject of history – and while blending in with ideas of things for all the family to do while visiting Doncaster – the majestic Brodsworth Hall and its fabulous gardens are always worthy of a visit. 

While many may assume Doncaster to merely be a working-class Yorkshire town, famed for its markets, it has touches of decadence and Victorian splendour, too – and thanks to Charles Thellusson, this now open home offers visitors the chance to sample and marvel at opulent Victorian living standards which have all but disappeared thanks to the passage of time.

The last person to live here was Sylvia Grant-Dalton – who passed away in 1988 – and, since then, her home has been restored to the full Victorian standards you’d come to expect. 

Restoration and renovation of Brodsworth Hall has taken place relatively recently, though there has been care taken to preserve a number of touches and features throughout the home to show decades of use. 

Take a closer look at the grand kitchen suite and scullery, complete with housekeeper’s chair – or step back in time by taking a look at some of the standards and relics left behind by the Thellusson family over the decades.  Thellusson’s family lived and thrived here for well over a century!

Beyond the main house, there are of course the gardens – full of colourful displays and statues – as well as a traditional tearoom and outdoor terrace for you to enjoy at your leisure. 

It’s also home to plenty of events throughout the year, too!

Key Things to See

Beyond the majesty of Brodsworth Hall and Gardens, there are of course many more sites of interest and exciting things to do for the whole family to enjoy here in Doncaster – and into the wider area. 

Boston Park Farm and Maize Maze

Here are just a few of the more fascinating finds you’ll discover on your trip here.

Boston Park Farm is a great family day out – whether you’re petting and feeding the farm animals on site, or if you’re taking on the famous maize maze, there’s plenty for you to see and do here when the weather is fine. 

The maze changes shape every year – and each October, that year’s maze is harvested to help feed the local animals!

Yorkshire Wildlife Park

If you are a big animal lover and want to see more exotic beasts beyond Boston Park Farm, Doncaster is also home to the wildly popular Yorkshire Wildlife Park. 

Open all year with a colossal 70 acres of land, a Safari Village and a variety of rare animals and critters – such as endangered black rhinos, polar bears, leopards and meerkats – it’s great to get up close to see some majestic wildlife.  Thankfully, Doncaster has you more than covered!

Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery

Coming back to talking about the town’s rich history – the museum and art gallery here really has it all in a grandiose package! 

An absolute must for anyone looking to learn more about the town and to get up close and personal with some genuine items and artefacts left behind from decades and centuries past, the museum – and the art gallery beyond – are well worth taking in as part of any Doncaster day out!

Trans Pennine Trail

The Trans Pennine Trail

This huge stretching trail is the perfect walk, canter or ride for locals and visitors alike – spanning all the way from Southport to Hornsea, Doncaster intervenes along the way on a 215 mile (346km) journey – a bit of a trek for most people, but a fascinating walk through the great outdoors all the same! 

The trail splits off towards York, Leeds and Chesterfield, and it’s always well-signposted – a nice easy walk for as far as you can handle – though we wouldn’t ever recommend taking on the whole trail in one go!  Split away from Doncaster and get back to nature a while!

St Leger

Horse Racing

Whether you are a seasonal horse racing enthusiast or just someone who loves a great day out, Doncaster has one of the world oldest racing festival every year. The St Leger.

Started in 1776 it’s one of the town’s biggest tourist attractions every year with punters flying in from all over the world.

There is plenty more to see and do in Doncaster, so why not head to the town and make your own memories.

It’s a well-known fact that Yorkshire is one of the most beautiful counties in the UK, with people coming from all over the world to visit its natural beauty spots and take in the stunning scenery – and in a recent poll, both North and West Yorkshire were voted as some of the most loved counties in the whole of Britain. In the poll which was run by YouGov, a huge 75% of people asked said they liked West Yorkshire, and an even greater amount (87% in total) said the same about North Yorkshire. Some of the more Southerly counties proved to be an even bigger hit, however, with Dorset coming out on top after amassing a colossal 92% approval rating.

         So, what is it about the Yorkshire counties that we love so much? Read on to find out…

West Yorkshire

West Yorkshire

Undoubtedly, the best thing about West Yorkshire has to be its stunning countryside. Although it is home to well over 2 million people, this county still makes room for some stunning scenery and breathtaking views. For example, the Peak District which makes up the Southwest corner of the county was the first area in the UK to gain National Park status. As well as being home to some beautiful peaks and plateau’s, you’ll also find an array of rivers, reservoirs and canals within the peak district, making it a place of real natural beauty.

Bretton Hall

Another reason to love West Yorkshire is the architecture. Be it stunning stately homes such as Bretton hall, or the more well-known buildings of Millennium Square in Leeds, there is building work to be appreciated wherever you look – both old and new.

Sport is also currently thriving in the area, with Huddersfield FC holding their own in the Premier League and Leeds United looking to get back to where they belong under new boss Marco Bielsa, things are certainly looking up in terms of football. However, we all know that Yorkshire is very much a Rugby county and is home to the likes of the Leeds Rhinos and Huddersfield Giants, both of which are major players in the Super League.

North Yorkshire

Just like West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire is also a place that attracts plenty of visitors and is a much loved county for a whole host of reasons. Situated in the North East, the city of York is steeped in history and is renowned for its beautiful cobbled streets and stunning architecture.

As well as this, the National Railway Museum is also situated in North Yorkshire and is home to giant halls that are filled with trains and Railway legends, making it a perfect day out for the whole family. Far from just being a museum, however, there are live shows, workshops and steam rides aplenty, all of which take place during the school holidays and at weekends.

If you prefer to spend your time outdoors however, there are plenty of attractions situated in the North of Yorkshire, and more precisely – the Yorkshire Dales. For Example,  is a range of breathtaking cave formations and large passages that can be traversed by people of all ages, thanks to the concrete footpaths and vital floodlights. What’s more, there are no steps in the caves, so they are even accessible for pushchairs – as it is rarely ever affected by flooding or adverse weather conditions.

People viewing the underground area in Gaping Gill
People viewing the underground area in Gaping Gill

North Yorkshire is also home to plenty of Historic sites. There are castles, churches and cathedrals aplenty, including Bolton Castle, which is situated in Leyburn. Known as one of the best preserved medieval castles in the whole of the country, Bolton castle holds over 600 years of history within it’s fine stone walls – from the imprisonment of Mary Queen of Scot’s, to being slighted by Cromwell and his men during the Civil War. In terms of activities, you can take in bird of prey displays daily, along with archery displays and even wild boar feeding – to give you that real, authentic medieval experience.

Bolton Castle

So, we’ve picked out just a small number of things that we (and evidently the rest of the country) love about Yorkshire – the North and West regions in particular. However, we’ve barely even scratched the surface as there is plenty more to discover if you pay the area a visit yourself. And, although not featured in the poll, do try and make some time to visit the rest of Yorkshire too, as we’re sure you’ll find many more beauty sports, architecture and activities of the highest order.

The city of Leeds is full of heritage and culture, providing history around every corner whilst bringing bursts of modernism and vibrancy to inspire all generations it accommodates for.

Leeds is brimming with colourful shop windows, delicious food and drink and tonnes of outdoor activities that keep the whole family occupied, it’s also the home to the only gas lit cinema in the whole of the country, impressive ay, who’s getting the popcorn in then?

Whether you are visiting Leeds for an overnight stay or pitching up your tent for the entire week, this city has a variety of diverse entertainment that is completely unmissable and suitable for each member of the party.

From breathtakingly beautiful ballet performances that are crisp to perfection, opera singers and orchestra’s that lift the roof and blow the audience away and comedians that still have you giggling days after their stand up – and that’s just the theatres! Don’t Leeds spoil us.

Kirkstall Abbey

Grab your walking shoes and pack a picnic because we are heading out to explore Britain’s most complete medieval Cistercian building in Kirkstall Abbey, that radiates historic architect and a majestic story.

The abbey is surrounded by a beautiful river bank and plenty of greenery, habiting wildlife such as ducks, rabbits and squirrels.

Head on down to the market to shop your favourite home grown and baked treats from local produce, available weekends, from March-November 12pm-3pm.

An impressive outdoor cinema displays new release films and musicals under the stars, ending the day perfectly.

Kirkstall Abbey near Leeds
The ruins of Kirkstall Abbey in Leeds. The Abbey was left in ruins after the Disssolution of the Monasteries under King Henry VIII

Temple Newsam

Temple Newsam is the chosen location for its new crowd-pleasing park activity, Go Ape! An adventure that is popular with all the tribe.

Dangle from the tree tops and swing through the forest, ranking your way through different levels as you go. If this is for you, the Go Ape! team highly recommend sensible clothing, footwear and a pair of gloves if possible.

For those who prefer their feet flat on the ground, then a wooded walk into the folly and along the bridle paths are a relaxing and therapeutic alternative to being outdoors.

Temple Newsam also offers rounds of golf, hired football pitches and playgrounds for little ones. Events such as races, theatre performances and festivals are often held in the gardens too.

Leeds England UK March 26 2018 Temple Newsam house and gardens Leeds on a sunny spring day
Panorama of the City of Leeds Skyline at Night - Yorkshire, UK

Glenfield Caravan Park

For true nature lovers, Glenfield Caravan Park is on the outskirts of Leeds, and welcomes all forms of campers.

This countryside accommodation is secluded and private, providing peace from reality and a wonderful night sleep (we all know how thin a tent is). Newly renovated shower blocks have hot water on demand, with laundry facilities and disabled toilets.

Pets are welcome, and upon arrival a dog walking map will be provided to display the routes around the site.

A number of activities are available upon the caravan park, including fishing; horse riding and football, and for those who may need it… The Bingley Arms, a local pub with local ale and wonderful pub grub.

The ever loved ITV programme, Victoria, is currently being filmed locally – so don’t fret about cameras following a Queen (fancy dress of course), riding a horse to her royal castle.

Smile and enjoy, who knows, you may be part of the show!

Leeds has plenty of other campsites to chose from if this one doesn’t take your fancy.

Leeds Clarence Dock
Leeds Dock water Taxi

Twee and Drie Water Rides

Okay, so this isn’t technically a “Best Place in Leeds” but it’s definitely the best way to travel in Leeds.

The water taxi’s! These two yellow boats are called Twee and Drie, and they both chug down the River Aire from Granary Wharf to Leeds Docks.

Along this route you’ll find the Royal Armouries Museum and plenty of independent book shops, cafes and restaurants.

This is the most romantic and affordable (absolutely free) way to travel through Leeds.

Millennium Square

The Millennium Square is the highlight to every summer in Leeds, being titled ‘the heart of the city centre’.

The stage honours talented artists, entertainers, performers and festivals, to name a few – Bananarama on the 4th of August, the one for the mums and grans; Leeds Pride on the 5th of August, the one for everyone (a completely free event to celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans life) and Suffragette on the 9th of August, a free showing of the award winning film that celebrates women receiving the right to vote for 100 years.

Bring your chairs, duvets, blow up mattresses, backpacks jammed with sweets and treats and whatever else is considered sleepover essentials, to thoroughly enjoy your evening with maximum comfort.

Facade of Leeds Civic Hall in Millennium square Leeds against blue skies

Lots to see and Do

As you can see there is quite a wide range of things to see and do in Leeds and we didn’t even cover shopping or the wonderful choice of bars and restaurants the city has to offer.

Leeds is defiantly a place which has a lot to offer.

If camping near by and fancy going a bit further a field check out our guide to York which is only a short train ride away.

Yorkshire, situated in the North of England is best known for its Roman and Viking heritage, as well as two breath-taking national parks full of wildlife and outdoor activities.

Visitors of Yorkshire are always keen to take in the sights of the Norman castles and medieval abbeys as well as the famous Yorkshire Dales, before perhaps heading off down to one of the many beaches that populate the stunning coastlines of the Yorkshire coast – which is where we start.

The Yorkshire Coast

Around the coast of Yorkshire, you have the choice of over 10 sandy beaches with crystal clear water that crashes around impatiently, excited for new swimmers.

The magnificent sea views can be absorbed from cliff tops that surround, with hidden caves underneath and dog trail walks on top.

Each beach offers a different experience, all as individual and filled with history as the next. Filey, for example, is a small village that is perfect for family trips to the sea side, with fish and chip shops and plenty of inflatable lilo’s nearby. Flamborough provides adventure for snorkelers (or anyone with a pair of goggles and a love for hide and seek), swim along the cliff edges searching for precious sea life – careful to not disrupt their homes.

If these don’t take your fancy, then the list continues… Runswick Bay, Whitby, Bridlington, Scarborough and Ravenscar are all separated by a short car journey. Time to pack your beach bag!

Scenic View over of Robin Hoods Bay in Ravenscar, North Yorkshire, England
A beautiful view of the river Dove and stepping stones in the distance at Dovedale in the English Peak District

South Yorkshire

Many campers will already be familiar with the likes of Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield which are just three places to explore in the south end of Yorkshire – however if I said to you “tumbling moorland, rolling hills and stretches of beautifully scented meadows” – would you know where to look? The Peak District is the home to the cities, and the countries, most surreal scenery.

With cliff edges to climb upon, bike tracks to pedal through and lavender fields to sit in, the Peak District is indescribably the most dreamlike place for all adrenaline seekers.

If all that seems far from your cup of tea, then what about a relaxing stroll around the countryside farms in Sheffield?

Where you can pet the friendly animals and feed them during lunch times. Fill up on delicious and nutritious vegan and vegetarian food (because we wouldn’t want to eat those adorable piglets) at the Farm Kitchen before continuing to the Garden Centre, where the whole family can learn about the world we live in.

West Yorkshire

With 7 Cities and Towns to burrow through in West Yorkshire, it’s impossible to pick just one favourite. I would suggest building energy and strength with mouth-watering local produce in the Honley Bakery located along the cobbled streets in Holmfirth. Shelves stacked with freshly baked breads and deliciously iced cakes will fuel a family through their fun day out.

Why not pack a picnic from the local farm shops? Pick your own strawberries, select your favourite cheese’s and indulge in the award winning Yummy Yorkshire Ice Cream parlour, to cool down your little ones under the holiday sunshine.

 

A true and traditional camping experience can be found at Elland Hall Farm Caravan Park, in Halifax, West Yorkshire.

With a small greenery field enough for 10 pitches, the community between campers is as it should be.

Fortunately, (depending what you are searching for), there are no entertainment bars or kids clubs, no luxury restaurants on site or TV’s sat in the caravan.

This is a caravan park for true explorers who wish to create real time memories and delve into the outdoors.

This raw and rural kind of camping isn’t always a number one choice, especially with a family of young children or pets.

Sticking West, in Ilkley, a small family run campsite is perched on the countryside for a great outdoor experience with a twist, lodge cabins! (which is also referred to as ‘glamping’).

Clarion Lodge Campsite also accommodates for tents, motorhomes and caravans but offers a first class camping experience with electricity, heating and hot water on demand, all inside a cosy wooden home. The cabin also includes a fridge, microwave and kettle but does not cater bedding or towels.

Lastly, dogs welcome, hooray, what is a family holiday without the family dog?!

HOLMFIRTH YORKSHIRE ENGLAND

With plenty more of Yorkshire to explore, there’s no doubt that there will be something for each member of the family – whether teenagers addicted to their iPhones and forever texting their best friend or young toddler’s eager to stretch their tiny legs causing mischief.

Get outdoors together and make wonderful memories… today!

 

Ripon to host Yorkshire Day 2018

Ripon Yorkshires smallest city and England’s third smallest, with a population of just over 16,000 they will be the centre of attention in Yorkshire on Yorkshire Day.

 

Yorkshire Day is on the 1st August if you didn’t know.

 

‘Harrogate is bigger,’ says Susan Goldsbrough, director of the Ripon International Festival. ‘And we don’t really shout about ourselves enough here. I think we should shout a bit more.’ So do I and luckily that’s about to happen because, on August 1st, Ripon is hosting Yorkshire Day, the annual celebration of — naturally enough — all things Yorkshire. If all goes as expected, it will find itself in the heat of the media and tourist spotlight as a week of events unfolds in and around the city.

‘We’re in the planning stages at the moment,’ says Paula Benson, clerk to Ripon City Council. ‘But we’ll be receiving 200 dignitaries from around the county; there’ll be a civic procession, a service in the cathedral, and a civic lunch — as there is whenever Yorkshire Day takes place.’ The council is also talking to various groups about holding a series of events in Ripon, leading up to and beyond Yorkshire Day itself, and hoping for the week to culminate with St Wilfred’s Day Parade. For those unfamiliar with the parade, this is a procession of floats, musicians and dancers, led by an actor on a horse dressed as St Wilfrid (also called Wilfrid of York) who is the city’s patron saint. Last year, for the first time in its history, the role was played by a woman, Laura Hodgson.

Fountains Abbey Ripon in North Yorkshire

Ripon is well worth visiting anytime of the year, while it doesn’t have the same attractions as York, Leeds or its nearby neighbour Harrogate it still has that little village feel and is picturesque. It has a small 7 century cathedral and even a racecourse, which often is referred to as “Yorkshire Garden Racecourse”.

2018 is the 21st anniversary of the festival and is always a well-attended festival, drawing crowds from all over the region and further afield.

Ripon is a Yorkshire Dales friendly location and this Is just a nother tick in the box according to Paula Benson. This makes it a favourite with tourists and walkers.

‘We’re in a great part of the world,’ she says. ‘Not only is there plenty to do in the city, it’s a good place to use as a base because of all the attractions nearby. And it’s small enough to be really friendly.’

England, North Yorkshire, Ripon. Fountains Abbey, Studley Royal. UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cistercian Monastery. River Skell, Surprise View.
RIPON, NORTH YORKSHIRE - JULY 17, 2014- Shop frontage. The city is noted for its main features- Ripon Cathedral, the race course and its market. It is the fourth smallest city in England

Susan Goldsbrough agrees with that sentiment. ‘Ripon is a warm place,’ she says. ‘It’s not austere. The city itself has great coffee shops and restaurants, so it’s well provided with high quality dining. It has the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Fountains Abbey just down the road and Newby Hall (built in the 1690s by Sir Christopher Wren), too.’ For now, though, the focus is on August 1st: Ripon’s big day. ‘Ripon has a lot going for it,’ says Paula Benson. ‘The city is really looking forward to hosting Yorkshire Day and everything that it brings.’

What are you doing to celebrate Yorkshire Day?

5 Reasons to Pitch your Tent in Yorkshire

Camping trips are a firm favourite for families across the UK, offering a simple getaway from the busy city life and provide an exciting adventure for adults and children alike.  Many campsites are located nearby to some of the most impressive outdoor activities available and whether you are visiting a new or old location, there are many benefits for all involved. Experience being out in the fresh air, reducing stress, staying active and helping improve moods, not to mention enjoying some of the best nights sleep you will ever have!

Yorkshire prides itself on its stunning natural beauty, which attracts campers from all across the UK, and many visit from much further afield too.  With two huge National Parks, several traditional scenic seaside towns, and miles and miles of craggy cliffs and sand ridden beaches, there are so many things to see and do in Yorkshire.

Some of the UK’s best walking trails

Yorkshire is home to two of Britain’s most favoured National Parks; the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors.  It is also home to the very northern part of the Peak District and includes quite a few Areas Of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

These locations are perfect for hikes of all levels, suiting individuals of all abilities, offering gentle strolls or more physically demanding and challenging hill walks.  Not only do the views along these trails provide amazing photo opportunities and the chance to learn about some of the unique history of the areas, but they also provide exciting moments for avid wildlife watchers, a topic that we will touch on in the next point.

Cumbria and Yorkshire Scenery
An adult Peregrine Falcon perched, against a blurred natural background, East Yorkshire, UK

Unique Wildlife

There are a total of 17 different habitats recognised within the Yorkshire Dales alone, all of which provide homes to many nationally and internationally important wildlife species.  There are over 150 different species found across the park, many of which are prioritised in terms of conservation, meaning it is unlikely you will see them anywhere else in the UK.  These species include the impressively fast Peregrine falcons (believed to be the fastest animal in the world) and the extremely rare and threatened Red squirrels.

Turning our attention to the marine wildlife found surrounding Yorkshires coastlines, campers have the chance to discover the beauty of Minke whales and Harbour porpoise as well as several ecologically important habitats like kelp forests, rocky shores and chalk reefs.

WHITBY, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12- Two tents on ground near Whitby Abbey, overlooking sea. In Whitby, North Yorkshire, England.

Quality Campsites

There are campsites spread across Yorkshire to suit all camping preferences and weather.  From glamping to basic pitch and tent, there are sites that cover different locations from farms to forests and rivers to ocean.  Many sites offer the usual tent and caravan pitches as well as glamping wigwams, tipis, bell tents and self-catering accommodation.

Nearly all sites are well equipped with showering and food facilities.

Use our search feature to find your perfect campsite and get away.

Beautiful Beaches

It is no surprise that the coastlines of Yorkshire are some of the most visited in the UK.  They are visually pleasing with golden sandy beaches, quaint English seaside towns and beautifully photogenic chalk cliffs.

Scarborough is probably one of the most popular beach resort towns and has two beaches to explore lined with amusements to keep the whole family entertained.

For a beach, slightly quieter and low key, Runswick Bay, Kettleness, Sandsend Beach and Upgang Beach are a must visit.

All offer stunning views of the coastline and plenty of space to enjoy time walking and sunbathing.  Bempton Chalk Cliffs are a favourite of many, offering the chance to experience some of the highest cliffs in Britain and some world famous sea bird colonies.

Runswick Bay on the north coast of Yorkshire
Lion at Yorkshire Wildlife Park, England

Local Attractions

Yorkshire is the largest county in the UK and it can be expected that there is an endless list of attractions suitable for the whole family.  For something different, why not pay a visit to the JORVIK Viking Centre where you can travel back to AD960 and explore the gallery through top of the range technology whilst learning about the importance of the international trade in York during the Viking age.

White Scar Cave provides the opportunity to journey into the longest show cave in Britain and experience underground streams, waterfalls and ice age caverns.  Located within the Yorkshire Dales National Park, there is spectacular scenery to take in whilst having a picnic and provides a good opportunity to pop into the local town of Ingleton for a visit afterwards.

Mother Shiptons Cave is certainly worth a visit and is one of England’s oldest visitor attraction, opening first in 1630.  It is home to the birthplace of the UK’s most famous prophetess and provides a lovely picnic area and children’s adventure park.

Alternatively, there is Yorkshire Wildlife Park, based just outside of Doncaster, this park has grown over the last couple of years to be a wonderful place to the kids.

These are just the top 5 reasons to head to Yorkshire, but there are plenty more.

Whats your reason for heading to this great region?

Summertime at Lumb Falls Yorkshire

6 Brilliant Yorkshire Waterfalls

Nothing beats a great waterfall when it comes to trekking out on warm, sunny days – whether to look at, or to swim in, Yorkshire is in fact home to some of the most breath-taking natural water features in the north, if not the country.  If you’re a water baby at heart or fancy taking a look out or a dip in some of the coolest shallows the wider county area has to offer, we’ve rounded up six of the most appealing waterfall spots available for you to trek to and enjoy this summer.

Before you read one, please do read our safety guide when swimming in water as while these might be fun, they can also be dangerous.

Lumb Falls, Pecket Well (Hebden Bridge)

Hebden Bridge, situated in West Yorkshire, is home to surprising areas of natural beauty, and Lumb Falls – which cascade just north of the town by a handful of miles – carry a look as if they’ve been captured in an amazing watercolour painting at the height of the season.  A beautiful spot for walkers to admire, it’s also an extremely popular haunt for swimmers, meaning that if you’re into your wild swimming, it’s perfectly safe to come and bathe in the crescent pool beneath the falls.  A very pleasant day out – definitely one to cool down with in the hotter days we have lined up ahead of us.

Summertime at Lumb Falls Yorkshire
Wain Wath Waterfall in Yorkshire Sunset

Wain With Waterfall (Keld)

Look to Upper Swaledale for your next wild swimming adventure and you’ll find Wain With, a beautiful waterfall and gorge feature that’s adorned with limestone and a cool pool for you to explore with fellow swimmers.  It’s a popular swimming spot, in fact – which means that those in search of local adventure in Yorkshire will flock here regularly to take advantage of the magnificent natural water features on constant offer.  At three metres tall, it’s not the steepest drop around, but it’s blanketed by lush nature left, right and centre – making it a perfect spot for waterfall swimmers and hikers alike.  Definitely take your camera!

Stainforth Force (Stainforth)

Stainforth Force in North Yorkshire is a popular tourist spot but is well-loved and well-regarded by the locals as a brilliant waterfall and plunge pool spot for anyone looking to take a long walk, photographs and even take in some diving practice.  The water here is nice and deep, and there’s plenty for you to take in with the surrounding area if you’re not so struck on going for a dip.  Set below an old bridge, it’s also a perfect paddling spot, making it a great family trip.  By all accounts, it’s likely to be at its least busy during the week!

Stainforth Force waterfall Yorkshire Dales
Waterfall at Goit Stock in Yorkshire

Goit Stock Falls (Cullingworth)

Again, a perfect spot for you to go for a bit of wild swimming or diving – this majestic natural waterfall near Bingley is the centerpiece to a great afternoon’s walk, which totals around 2 miles in length – so it’s definitely a full day out by all accounts!  Take in the nearby Harden Valley and see how far the falls go down into the River Aire beyond.  Hugely popular with local walkers, this glowing cascade remains popular all year round thanks to its prime position in the famous woodland walks.

Hardraw Force (Hawes)

This waterfall is a little different to the others, in that you have to pay to access it – as it’s owned privately by those in charge of the famous Green Dragon Inn, an historic pub in Hawes which really makes the most of the local history and heritage by welcoming you in for a drink or two and then for a dip!  Hardraw Force is reported to be the highest waterfall in the country that remains unbroken – in England, in any case – and you’re even able to park up and camp for a while if you like.  It’s also famous for another reason – if you remember the Kevin Costner movie Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, this waterfall was just one of several locations used during filming.

Hardraw Force waterfall, Yorkshire, England
Cautley Spout Waterfall, Yorkshire Dales

Cautley Spout (Howgill Fells)

This last one is a little different to the others as it’s not a swimming spot – so do take care – and it technically falls in Cumbria, though it’s part of the famed Yorkshire Dales.  Cautley Spout is – according to Yorkshire Life – the highest overground waterfall in Britain, making it a spectacular sight to see if you crane your neck up high enough!  Certainly make sure you have a camera to hand – these cascades are beautiful even in the latter months of the year, meaning that even when leaves are falling alongside the water, you’ll be in for some photo-worthy moments.

Which one of these is your favourite waterfall, which one will you be heading to this weekend?