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10 romantic things to do in Yorkshire

PUBLISHED: 18:00 16 January 2018 | UPDATED: 18:49 16 January 2018

Helmsley Walled Garden by Colin Dilcock


Whether it’s a first date, a Valentine’s Day celebration or even a quirky place to propose, there’s something for everyone in Yorkshire.

Deer at Studley Royal by Terence Irwin Deer at Studley Royal by Terence Irwin

Nearest and deer-est

There are quite a few places to view deer in Yorkshire, Strid Wood close to the Bolton Abbey estate and Ashberry Nature Reserve in the North York Moors among others.

One of the most popular destinations to view deer at is the World Heritage Site at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, you can explore the vast grounds, visit the Abbey and the water gardens and there’s even a tea-room on site.

Conisbrough Castle by Dennis Hodgetts Conisbrough Castle by Dennis Hodgetts

A castle for a princess

If you want to make your loved one feel like a prince or princess, then you can visit one of the many castles across Yorkshire, all with their unique history and appeal.

The castle at Helmsley overlooks the market town and is close to the beautiful walled garden. If you’re feeling chivalrous and want to play the ‘knight in shining armour’, go to Conisborough Castle in South Yorkshire which was the setting for the Ivanhoe novel. (If you do go to Bolton Castle, it’s probably not the best time to remind her that it was once served as a prison for Mary, Queen of Scots).

Lighthouse, Spurn Head by Emma Dodsworth Lighthouse, Spurn Head by Emma Dodsworth

A shore thing

There’s nothing quite as romantic as a walk on the coast. Head over to Flamborough and witness spectacular sunrises and sunsets, and depending on the time of year, you may even spot some wildlife.

For those of you who prefer a little seclusion, make the journey across to Spurn Head where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the North Sea and the mouth of the Humber.

Steam train in Goathland by Geoffrey Stones Steam train in Goathland by Geoffrey Stones

Express your love

A train journey may not be many people’s idea of a romantic date, but you could enjoy a spot of luxury dining onboard one of Keighley & Worth Valley Railway’s steam locos.

North Yorkshire Moors Railway also offers period carriages and lavish decorations for special occasion dining with hearty meals prepared by the onboard chef.

Salts Mill Canal Side, Saltaire by Rebecca Greenwood Salts Mill Canal Side, Saltaire by Rebecca Greenwood

A novel idea

Wuthering Heights is, of course, not a real location, but you can visit Top Withens, thought to be the place that inspired Emily Bronte to put pen to paper to recount the bleak romance of Cathy and Heathcliff.

Visit the village of Haworth a great day out and of course, stop by Haworth Parsonage, the Bronte family home.

Top Withens, Haworth by Raymond Rickaby Top Withens, Haworth by Raymond Rickaby

Love locks

No, we’re not suggesting you attach a padlock engraved with your initials to a famous Yorkshire landmark, that’s a terrible idea.

We suggest you make use of the many canals throughout Yorkshire and take a romantic walk. If you plan in advance, you can also hire a barge for the day and explore the waterways at your own leisure.

Castle Howard, north Yorkshire by Karol Gajewski Castle Howard, north Yorkshire by Karol Gajewski

A blossoming romance

There are many gardens within stately homes to visit across Yorkshire; Castle Howard, Mount Grace Priory, Cannon Hall, Harewood House and Parcevall Hall Gardens to name a few.

RHS Harlow Carr is the place to visit for plant lovers, located just outside Harrogate, it is over 60 acres in size and has a vast array of blooms from across the world.

Beggar's Bridge, Glaisedale by John Holtby Beggar's Bridge, Glaisedale by John Holtby

Building Bridges?

You could take your better half to Beggar’s Bridge in Glaisdale, which was built in the 17th century by Thomas Ferres (his initials and the date – 1619 – are carved into the stone). As a young man, he would wade across the river to woo his future bride, Agnes. When she died, he built the bridge in her memory.

For those in the south, you can visit the Serpentine Bridge within the beautiful grounds of Wentworth Castle, a grade I listed country house just outside Barnsley, has extensive grounds for you to explore.

View from Brimham by Graham Beardsley View from Brimham by Graham Beardsley

Lovers’ Leap.

Go to Brimham Rocks and share a story that’s been embedded in the stone (and local folklore) for generations. It’s said that way back in the mists of time, Edwin and Julia were madly in love but were forbade to see each other. Unable to face life apart, they decided to leap from the rocks and spend eternity together.

Fortunately, instead of plummeting to their deaths in a gory tumble of limbs and teeth, the couple floated gently to the ground in such a miraculous fashion that Julia’s disapproving father changed his mind and consented to their marriage. Their launch pad to matrimony is now fondly known as Lovers’ Leap.

Cauldron Falls, West Burton by Pete Lawless Cauldron Falls, West Burton by Pete Lawless

A force of nature

There’s something quite enchanting about witnessing the natural energy of a waterfall. There are dozens of famous waterfalls across the county, with a high concentration in the Yorkshire Dales.

You can visit the 100ft drop of Hardraw Force next to Hawes in Wensleydale or you could opt for the triple flight of falls at Aysgarth.


Read the alternative way to spend Valentine’s Day in the February 2018 issue of Yorkshire Life

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