10 of the best places to stay for a Yorkshire walking break
PUBLISHED: 00:00 22 January 2020
Dark nights and frosty mornings are here. We’re all about big walks and cosy moments. Here’s our pick of some desirable boltholes where you can go wandering from the doorstep.
Fountains Cottage, Ripon
Originally a farmhouse, built in 1749, this spacious stone-built four-bedroom cottage is full of character with its ivy-clad exterior and exposed beams inside. Wake up to the calming sounds of the River Skell, just opposite, before exploring Fountains Abbey. Just moments from the cottage, you can enjoy free entry to the abbey and explore the grounds at any time during your stay. A little further afield is Harrogate, and the Yorkshire Dales are just a 35-minute drive. From £452 for three nights.
The Lodge, Hebden Bridge
This cosy Victorian cottage, at the entrance to the Hardcastle Crags estate, has wooded valley views and boasts a network of walking trails that pass tumbling waterfalls, rocky streams and otherworldly rock formations. Up to two dogs are welcome in this two-bedroom cottage which has a gorgeous wood-burning fire. Hebden Bridge is only two miles away and the town of Halifax is just 10 miles to the east. From £302 for three nights.
Three Halfway Houses, Hawes
This delightful two bedroomed cottage is just half a mile from Hawes centre with its many restaurants, pubs and unique shops. The cottage boasts stunning views from all of the windows overlooking the Wensleydale countryside, in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. There are plenty of scenic walks and sights such as Hardraw Force Waterfall are not far away. A wood-burning stove awaits you on your return. From £55 per night, £383 per week.
Three Trees, Grosmont
This lovely one-bedroom character property is situated next to the steam train station in the popular village of Grosmont, near Whitby. It offers a real treat for any train enthusiast who may see steam train carriages just out of the cottage windows! Situated in a quiet green cul-de-sac near the village centre and with easy access to Whitby, the cottage is ideal for a relaxing break, or more active exploration of all the tourist attractions nearby. From £97 per night, £678 per week.
The Forge, Beverley
Originally the blacksmith's, this two bedroom detached holiday home in the Yorkshire Wolds is spacious, light and airy. One of the rooms has an en-suite spa bath to help soothe aching muscles after a long walk exploring an array of wildlife on one of the nearby nature trails. The side of the barn was originally a pig sty and you can still see the opening in the brick wall where the pigs could move from one half to the other. From £324 for three nights.
Blue Buttons, Skipton
This charming cottage lies on the edge of Skipton. With its double Jacuzzi air bath, chromatherapy lighting and woodburning stove it truly is perfect for a romantic getaway. Stroll through the nearby park to an indoor swimming pool, or a little further to the centre of this historic market town with its Norman castle. There's a shop and pub half a mile away. From £575 for one week
The Irishman's Cottage, York
A handmade country kitchen with oak beams and original dove nesting holes provide the feature of the entrance to this cosy barn in Kelfield village which sleeps two. Sink into the comfy leather sofa and put your feet up in front of the log stove. Wake up to enjoy the Grohe rainshower in your huge wet room as you set out ready to enjoy your day exploring. From £321 for three nights.
The Lion Inn, Blakey Ridge
This 16th century freehouse is located at the highest point of the North York Moors National Park. It stands at an elevation of 1,325 feet offering breathtaking views over the valleys of Rosedale and Farndale and offers dozens of walking routes, including the coast to coast. Open fires burn are always burning in the ancient fireplaces and food is served all day. Each bedroom has its own character and for that special occasion there's a romantic honeymoon suite complete with four poster bed. Prices from £50 to £98 per room, including breakfast.
The Star Harome, Helmsley
Situated in the picturesque village of Harome, near Helmsley, this much-loved thatched inn's origins are understood to date back to the 14th century. The perfect getaway for foodies, the pub is owned by Michelin starred chef, Andrew Pern. It boasts roaring fires, a stunning low-ceilinged old dining room and offers nine unique bedrooms just across the road with quirky features like a bath at the end of one of the beds, whilst another room has its own snooker table and another, a piano. From £150 per room, including breakfast.
The Yorke Arms, Ramsgill
Another one for foodies, this fabulous restaurant with rooms, situated in the heart of the breath-taking scenery of the Nidderdale Valley, is home to Frances Atkins, the first female chef to be awarded a Michelin star. The site was a monastic cheesery as far back as the 11th century before becoming a coaching inn seven centuries later. There are 18 rooms ranging from cosy to suites, offering a private and secluded space from which to read, relax and completely indulge yourself. From £300 per room, including dinner and breakfast.