This was hard! Here are my top 5. Let me know your favourites!
Love from A Yorkshire Heart x
1. Sutton bank and the White Horse
A very special place for me, this is where my husband proposed. Perfect at any time of year, walking either way from the visitors cente affords spectacular views over the vale of York, the Dales and, on a clear day, the Lake District. If you are feeling energetic, you can climb the steps up the face of the White Horse and see the gliders taking off the top of the bank. My number one tip for feeling on top of the world.
2. Castle Howard, Near Malton
A leisurely stroll around the grounds of Castle Howard is perfect in early summer. The vegetables in the walled kitchen garden are starting to bloom, the peacocks are strutting and showing off their plumes and the sun is shining as you walk along the side of the lake and up to the Mausoleum, which has views over the surrounding Howardian Hills. Marvel at the incredible Baroque stately home and finish off with a trip to the farm shop for superb produce from the Estate.
3. Salts Mill, Saltaire
Salts Mill has changed a lot since I first went with my parents years ago. Then, the extremely valuable Hockney paintings were casually laid around the building for everybody to touch and see. The selection of originals has now dimished due to security concerns, but the experience is still brilliant. Sir Titus Salt’s visionary project now houses a fabulous book shop where you can buy Hockney prints, a design-focused kitchen and homeware shop and Salt’s Diner which is always buzzing and serves decent food.
4. Beach walk in winter
It’s tough to choose a favourite beach for this but Robin Hoods Bay would have to win. At it’s most atmospheric in the winter, with the tide out you can walk for miles and then climb up and walk back along the cliff tops with the seagulls whirling ahead, imagining the smugglers arriving at this isolated bay in days gone by.
5. The Turkish Baths, Harrogate
A hard-to-beat pampering experience, the most luxurious day I can imagine would be spending the morning in the warm, historic and beautifully refurbished Turkish Baths alternating between the hot rooms and the splendid Victorian plunge pool. After drying off with fluffy robes and reading magazines, walking the few steps to the famous Betty’s Cafe & Tea Rooms for Eggs Benedict. This is what heaven looks like to me.