As we near the end of 2020 (thank God), we are finally looking forward – and 2021 is going to be the greatest year ever. We’re hoping for big things and a sense of normality to return after such a tumultuous year. And with that in mind, we’ve picked a range of things we’ve not done in Yorkshire – and compiled them into our ultimate bucket list. We’ve thought of all the important things: booze, views, and booze – and next year, we intend to sample all the goods that Yorkshire has to offer.
Three Peaks Challenge
It’s a biggy! We know a few people that have done it, and it sounds like hard work. But after being indoors all year, it seems like the perfect challenge to get us out in the good ol’ Yorkshire countryside. The three peaks challenge usually takes 12 hours and includes Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, usually done in this order. We will certainly need a nice ale or two afterwards!
Sleep Under The Stars In Camp Katur’s Clear Domes
Maybe it’s the fact that we’ve been cooped up inside, but the idea of sleeping under the stars in a unidome seems like the perfect couples getaway. Hiding away from the world under the starry night sky amongst the trees seems magical – best of all, they have comfy double beds and a nice decking to relax on.
Complete The Otley Run
No, we aren’t talking about those 5km runs that were trending during lockdown. We are talking about the famous bar crawl in good ol’ Leeds. We can’t wait to don a fancy dress costume, get all our mates together and drink copious amounts of ale. When the rule of six is just a distant memory, I will never get annoyed about a busy, crowded pub again. The Otley Run starts in Headingley and goes all the way down to the city centre. There are plenty of bars on route. We’ve actually done this one plenty of times, and it is always a right laugh.
Visit Picturesque Town Of Hebden Bridge
Surrounded by beautiful countryside Hebden Bridge is a great place to use a central location to head out to some stunning walking spots, such as Hardcastle Crags. As well as surrounding yourself with nature, there’s plenty to do in town – including visiting the 1920s art deco Picture House, walking along the canal that runs through it and plenty of nice pubs and restaurants to chill at after a hard day of exploring.
Take In The View At Standedge
You can explore valleys, reservoirs and far-reaching panoramic views at Standedge. The area has so much about it, and we can’t wait to visit. You get to see part of the Pennine Way, explore the landscape of Marsden Moor and then take in the views at trig point. Sounds like I’ll need my camera…
Eat At Michelin Star Restaurant Pipe And Glass, Beverley
This one has always been on my bucket list, and since lockdown has made us realise that people and places aren’t round forever, we will make sure that we make a visit to this beautiful venue as soon as we can get a booking! And why not? We may as well treat outselves after how crap this year has been. The Pipe and Glass joins Yorkshire’s five Michelin star restaurants, which is more than any other county outside of London in the UK.
Visit A Yorkshire Vineyard
We were actually unaware of Yorkshire’s vineyard industry until recent years, thinking we’d have to travel far and wide for a scenic tipple. But why wander over to Italy for a taste of wine when you can have a taste of Yorkshire’s own?
Visit The Beautiful Robin Hood’s Bay
One of Yorkshire’s most iconic villages is definitely being added to our bucket list for 2021. Dating back to 3000 years ago, this famous fishing bay is famous for its picturesque red-roofed fisherman’s cottages and beautiful views out to sea.
Go On Some Yorkshire Brewery Tours
One thing that lockdown taught us is that there is plenty to explore on your doorstep – and we intend to do just that. We’ve become well acquainted with some of the best beers that Yorkshire has to offer, and we’d like a glimpse behind the curtain to see what makes these places unique. Yorkshire’s independent brewery industry is thriving right now, and we’d like to meet the people behind the beers.
Visit Yorkshire’s Own Venice
The town of Knaresborough has always been on our bucket list and for good reason. We’d like to rent a boat and have a paddle on the iconic River Nidd, and capture some beautiful photographs of the Knaresborough Viaduct before going into town and enjoying a few vinos in the sun. Can’t get anymore idyllic than that.
Photographing The Iconic Ribblehead Viaduct
Ribblehead Viaduct such an iconic piece of engineering. Built in 1874, the Grade II listed building carries the Settle Carlisle railway across Batty Moss in the Ribble Valley at Ribblehead, North Yorkshire. We just want to fill our brains with as many gorgeous views as possible after staring at four walls – and this is one we really can’t wait to see.