This summer is all about the staycation, and rediscovering a love for Yorkshire. With that in mind, we’ve been hunting out the most idyllic and lesser-known villages in Yorkshire to visit. There is something about Yorkshire villages, they seem to have a quality that sends you back in time with the peace and quiet and traditional pubs. Whether it’s a beautiful waterfall nearby, or just some beautiful cottages to stare out we’ve found the best lesser-known villages in Yorkshire.
1. Great Ayton
Set in the Hambleton District of North Yorkshire, Great Ayton is a pretty village and one of the lesser-known villages in Yorkshire. Sat next to the River Leven, it has two picturesque village greens and the adventurer Captain Cook’s Schoolroom Museum to visit. It’s the perfect place to pop over to for a pint at the Buck Hotel or Royal Oak after climbing up the wonderful Roseberry Topping.
A great area for walks, situated in the Upper Wharfedale is of the Dales, Kettlewell offers strolls along rivers, exploration of quaint Dales villages or the opportunity to head out in the fells. The historic village is just 6-miles from Grassington the home of the new Channel 5 series All Creature Great and Small and is a part of a bigger walk from Grassington. Head over to the King’s Head for a swift half during your ramble around the Dales.
3. West Burton
West Burton is famous for its connection to artist J.M.W Turner who painted Burton Fall, a beautiful little waterfall back in 1816. The village is in the Bishopdale part of the Yorkshire Dales and offers some beautiful walks. Best of all it has a couple of great pubs. One of our favourites is The Fox & Hound.
The amazing Skidby Windmill is the real treat when you visit this beautiful village in East Yorkshire. Situated in the Yorkshire Wolds, it offers some great walks around and is only 5 miles from the historic town of Beverley. You don’t need to go to Beverley for a well-earned pint and some food, just head over to The Half Moon pub and enjoy some traditional food and ales.
Found in the beautiful Hambleton Hills in North Yorkshire this village is one of the lesser-known villages in Yorkshire but has a lot to offer. It is on the famous Cleveland Way National Trail and is on the western edge of the North York Moors. So, there is plenty to go at for people who like to explore. There is also the wonderful Cod Beck reservoir, which is named after the Cod Beck river that fills it. Why not head over to The Golden Lion after a walk to enjoy a satisfying drink after a little bit of exploring?
6. Bishop Burton
Another one in the East Yorkshire area, this little gem is only a stones throw away from Beverley and Hull. It has a beautiful pond in the centre of the village and some picturesque, quaint cottages that will keep you entertained as you explore the amazing area. Why not head to the Altisidora for a swift half after a bit of exploring?