If you’re looking for some escapism right here in sunny old Yorkshire, the region plays home to some incredibly quaint places that wouldn’t look out of place in a picture book. Transport to a different era with some of the prettiest, traditional villages Yorkshire has to offer.
Haworth, West Yorkshire
Known as Brontë county, this West Yorkshire village is famed for being the home of the famous Brontë sisters, attracting visitors from around the globe. Discover Wuthering Heights itself at Top Withins, and explore the Haworth circular walk – a five mile walk which showcases some of the incredible landscape, including Brontë waterfall. The small town is beautifully picturesque, with little shops to explore while you walk around.
One of the most beautiful villages in Yorkshire with impeccable views of the surrounding Peak District, Marsden makes for a picturesque day trip to the country. The pretty little village has a tiny high street where visitors can take in the old fashioned buildings and traditional pubs, as well as three reservoirs to uncover, and the entire Marsden Moors at its doorstep. A brilliant choice for amateur and professional walkers.
Set in the Yorkshire Dales, Muker is a real treat for those looking to take in 360 countryside views. The traditional village is a real postcard-worthy place, with farm animals, vast countryside and limestone cottages. The Swaledale village is very remote, however boasts a village pub, tearoom, art gallery, and a couple of independent country shops too!
A village in the idyllic North York Moors where sheep roam the streets at will, Hutton-le-Hole is as scenic as they come. Completely surrounded with countryside, the village lies within a natural hollow. It’s the perfect, picturesque spot to explore in the spring and summer, with plenty of walking routes and picnic spots to discover.
A seaside village just a stone’s throw away from historic Whitby, Sandsend is a small fishing village with its own beach, making it one of the Yorkshire Coastline’s finest little gems. The coast is peppered with quaint fisherman’s cottages, and the village has a number of beautiful restaurants try – with some, of course, specialising in local seafood. Fossils can be uncovered on the beach, with rock pools housing crabs, shrimp and small fish.
Robin Hood’s Bay
Robin Hood’s Bay is one of the truly iconic villages in Yorkshire, with evidence of man residing there dating all the way back to 3000 years ago in the Bronze Age. The bay is famous for its fishing, and its red-roofed fisherman’s cottages are a popular stop for photos. While the village may be small, the place is bursting with history, with many believing that Robin Hood came to the village to fend off the pirates who came to steal the fisherman’s boats. Explore the seaside, shops and cafes on the beach front and discover shipwrecks along the coast.
North of Rotherham towards Barnsley, Wentworth village transports visitors to an old-feeling world, with some beautiful heritage spots to visit. The place is home to the Fitzgerald Wentworth estate, which has a significant mining history and a pretty landscape to explore. Other attractions include stately home Wentworth Woodhouse, the village’s cruck cottages, follies and the picture-perfect Paradise Square – a wonderful spot for a few snaps.
Levisham is a remote village set in the North York Moors, with a population reported to be less than 100 people. The Yorkshire destination is well known for its steam heritage, with steam trains still passing through for visitors to enjoy. Guests can check out the Hole of Horcrum, Skelton Tower, or even search for some of the filming spots used for shows such as Sherlock Holmes and Poirot. After exploring the village, you can stop for a pint and a pub lunch at The Horseshoe Inn, the only boozer in the village.
Not only is Hawes one of the most beautiful villages to explore in Yorkshire, but it’s also the home of the Wensleydale Creamery, too – as well as being the highest market town in England. Part of the River Ure flows right through the village, with mini waterfalls in between houses that make for beautiful water features. The village is a great spot for walkers, with Gayle Mill and Hardraw Force both worth a visit!
Holmfirth is famed for being the backdrop of classic TV show Last of the Summer Wine, but it has so much more to offer than just that. The small town is also popular with walkers, with scenery across the Holme Valley to take in. There’s plenty of restaurants, tearooms and pubs to try out, and three reservoirs nearby to explore with unbeatable scenery.
Famously featured in Harry Potter as Hogsmeade station, Goathland attracts tons of visitors every single year. While its train station is a popular stop for movie fans, the village is also famous for being the home of popular TV show Heartbeat. The heritage station is a great spot to check out the steam trains, while Wade’s Causeway lies just down the road with its 6,000 year old history. Walkers can take on the three-and-a-half mile Rail Trail, which guides visitors from Goathland station up to Grosmont with waterfall views.