Prepping that local travel list for once lockdown is lifted? From the quaint and quirky winding streets of our medieval towns and cities, to the idyllic chocolate box villages of the North. Here’s our guide to the prettiest streets in Yorkshire you just have to visit this year.
1. The Shambles, York
Arguably the most famous street in the whole of Yorkshire, The Shambles has managed to preserve its Tudor charm – including its rickety, cobbled pathway and panelled buildings that wouldn’t look out of place in a Harry Potter movie. In fact, the street was reportedly the inspiration behind Diagon Alley – which has been a huge attraction for fans of the wizarding world. Now, the street is home to a number of shops (including a few Harry Potter-themed shops), and many flock to it every year to see the looming buildings and old-worldly charm.
2. Main Street, Haworth
A favourite with budding photographers, Main Street in Haworth is as quaint as they come – featuring traditional West Yorkshire limestone, old-fashioned shop fronts and, of course, cobbles. If that wasn’t all, the street – which is on a steep hill – overlooks the surrounding Pennines, providing visitors with beautiful sights all round. It truly is a gem of Yorkshire.
3. High Street, Pateley Bridge
Charming Pateley Bridge is as charming as a town could get, offering not only the beauty of its lovely traditional high street, but also a number of local businesses such as butchers, tea rooms and the oldest sweet shop in England. Can’t get anymore idyllic than that!
4. Prince Street, Hull
While London might be blessed with multiple colourful streets, Yorkshire has its very own – situated in Hull’s Old Town. Prince Street is beautifully decorated with different colours across its terraced houses, and it’s a wonderful, quiet street to stumble upon when in town.
5. Grape Lane, Whitby
Another of Yorkshire’s most historic streets, Grape Lane is a narrow street in the centre of the seaside town, long home to shops, pubs and more during its existence. We’ve heard some pretty ghostly stories about the lane, however, by day, you can simply enjoy the tiny, old-fashioned street and its quaint businesses that take up residence there.
6. Peacock Row, Robin Hood’s Bay
Peacock Row is potentially one of the most photographed streets in Yorkshire. The beautiful place features quaint and unique houses throughout, with a rickety, winding path leading you up by the red-roofed houses. The quiet spot is the perfect place to dream about a life by the seaside, and is close by to the rest of the village’s beauty.
7. Church Hill/Brook Lane, Thornton-Le-Dale
Ok, so not completely a street, but a little lane which is home to probably the most photographed cottage in England – situated just between Thornton Beck and Brook Lane is the stunning Beck Isle Cottage – a thatched home that oozes beauty. The stunning home is Grade II listed, and sits idyllically by the beck overlooking the water. A must see.
8. Waterside, Knaresborough
One of the prettiest strolls in the entirety of our region, Waterside, Knaresborough provides beautiful views of the viaduct, as well as a number of lovely little cafes helping to maximise the sights of the River Nidd. Knaresborough Castle lies close by, too, so you’re never short of something beautiful to see while walking by the Waterside.
[Featured image: Paul – stock.adobe.com]