Nurturing a newfound appreciation for God’s Own Country? There’s no better place to start than the county’s many natural wonders – each just as fascinating as the next. From pre-historic formations to some of the most iconic waterfalls in the country, here’s some of the most breathtaking natural wonders you just have to visit in Yorkshire.
1. Hull Pot
At first glance, it might just look like a great big hole in the ground. But Hull Pot is so much more than that. A collapsed cavern that measures 60 feet deep, Hull Pot is a fascinating sight to stumble across when exploring the Pen-y-Ghent area. Head on over after a bit of heavy rain and you’ll be greeted with the impressive sight of a stunning waterfall, which cascades over the edge of the cavern filling the bottom with water.
2. Malham Cove’s Limestone Pavement
Malham Cove is one of the most fascinating places in Yorkshire, all thanks to its curious limestone pavement. Spanning a large area at the top of the cove, the natural wonder attracts thousands every year – who climb up to the top to clamber around on the limestone slabs while taking in the unbelievable views of the Dales. On a clear day, you can even see the Three Peaks.
3. Hardraw Force
Sure, there are grander waterfalls in the Dales, but Hardraw Force is a real delight. England’s largest single-drop waterfall, Hardraw Force plunges by 100 feet into a peaceful pool where visitors tend to swim in the summer months. Sitting just behind a traditional pub, it’s the perfect natural wonder for those who like a pint after a bit of exploration.
4. Gaping Gill
Described as the cave that’s ‘big enough to fit an entire cathedral inside’ (we’re actually serious, it’s true!), Gaping Gill is really something. Not only does the dark cave offer lots to explore, but it’s also home to a beautiful waterfall, too, which runs 100m to the bottom of the cave from Fell Beck. The Gill is pretty big, obviously, but it can be accessed by the general public via a winch twice a year in both May and August.
5. Flamborough Head
Made up of stunning white chalk cliffs that loom over the North Sea, Flamborough Head not only attracts a ton of wildlife – including puffins and seals that play in the bay – but it also boasts a breathtaking sunset unlike any other in the region. The naturally formed cliffs are even shaped like a ‘Drinking Dinosaur’, which has become one of the most photographed views in the whole of Yorkshire.
6. Brimham Rocks
Found within the stunning Nidderdale landscape, Brimham Rocks is a curious place, filled with giant rock formations which are believed to have been created by a river 100 million years before even dinosaurs existed. It’s a pretty impressive ordeal wandering through as the formations loom over you, and many of them are even perfectly formed so you can climb up atop them and check out the gorgeous panoramic views of Yorkshire.
7. Cow and Calf Rocks
Standing proudly on Ilkley Moor, the Cow and Calf Rocks are a subject of fascination here in Yorkshire – thanks to its natural formation that many say resembles a cow and a calf. The beautiful spot is surrounded by stunning heather, a synonymous sight with West Yorkshire, with sheep often roaming the area, too, providing quite the idyllic mood.
8. Spurn Point
One of the most fascinating places in the country, let alone Yorkshire, Spurn Point is a tiny ‘island’ just off of Kilnsea, home to ample wildlife and spectacular views out to sea. Almost breaking off of the mainland thanks to rapid coastal erosion, the island lives at the mercy of the elements, meaning that the land is constantly changing thanks to the tide. No day is the same at Spurn Point, which is exactly where its beauty lies.