7 Stunning North Yorkshire Villages You Need To Discover After Lockdown

Lockdown 2.0 seems a lot harder than the first one back in March. The sunshine is long gone and the cold dark nights leave us pining for the summer sun. In three weeks time the lockdown will be over, so take the time to organise trips and staycations. Having something to look forward to sometimes helps for people that are struggling. Villages in North Yorkshire are beautiful and a perfect way to lift you our of your post-lockdown trauma.

The quaint and artistic cobbled streets will have you dreaming of the future in no time. Imgine villages all lit up at night by the warm glow from cottages, or littered with leaves in the day are the perfect escape after a month inside with the kids and other half.

1. Grassington

This beautiful village is bursting with little treats for visitors. You can park up in the National Park car park and have a wander down to the beautiful River Wharfe and check out the Linton Falls. Follow the river up into town and enjoy all the cute little vintage shop windows and classic village pubs and cafes.

There are cute little alleyways to discover, some with cafes to enjoy a nice brew and a slice of cake – perfect after a good walk. It has also grown in popularity since Channel 5 programme, All Creatures Great And Small started filming their series in the village.

2. Burnsall

Another village that hugs that River Wharfe, Burnsall is known for its picturesque views, and they draw thousands of visitors to the village to get some idyllic postcard snaps. It only has around 100 people in the whole village! It’s popular with walkers and cyclists and has two hotels and a large pub for a nice pint after a walk in the delightful Dales.

It is on both the Dales Way, a hiking route, and the Way of the Roses, a cycling course that opened back in 2010. It is also visited by anglers looking for the perfect catch. Many reasons why this beautiful village is worth a visit.

3. Staithes

Our one Yorkshire coastline destination in the list, Staithes is an unmissable village in North Yorkshire. Its charming cobbled streets will whisk you back to the 18th century. It was once one of the largest fishing ports in the North East and is now a treasure ready to be discovered along the Yorkshire coast.

You can take a walk along the clifftops and discover some amazing views, or take a walk through the village and take in the 18th-century cottages. Afterwards, you can enjoy some fish & chips, or visit one of their cafes for a cup of tea.

4. West Burton

Situated in Lower Wensleydale (chheese Gromit), West Burton is a beautiful village made famous by J.M.W Turner’s painting which hangs in the Tate Modern art gallery. He painted the spectacular Burton Fall back in 1816 while he was doing his tour of Yorkshire.

West Burton has all the traditional charms of a Yorkshire village. You can visit the local pub, a little village shop, and take in the sizeable village green in the centre. There is plenty of countryside to explore as well, so make sure you take your walking boots.

5. Goathland

Probably most famous for featuring as Ainsfield in classic British television series Heartbeat. More recently, the sort after village was used as Hogsmead Station in children’s classic Harry Potter film. As well as being used for the silver screen, this humble town is a heritage station of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

It has a range of walks nearby such as Wade’s Causeway, that runs nearby to Wheeldale Moor. It also has the Rail Trail, which is a three-and-a-half mile walk. Not forgetting the beautiful waterfall, Mallyan Spout, a great little walk out of the village.

6. Thornton-le-Dale

One of the most popular villages in North Yorkshire, its thatched cottages and babbling brooks, are like something plucked straight out of a book. It is a favourite with tourists for a reason, every inch of it is as picturesque as a painting.

Surrounding the village, are valleys and woods that are a magical way to spend the day before heading back to the village for a spot of food and a few bevvies.

7. Kettlewell

Best known for its access to a range of walks, the charming village is home to cute cottages and classic stoned walls. It is over 300 years old and is a popular stopping point for people completing the 85 miles Dales Way hike. A piece of history, this little village has been inhabited since the Anglo Saxon era and is situated where Kettlewell Beck merges with the River Wharfe.

Villages in North Yorkshire are known for their quaint pubs, and their are a few pubs and cafes to enjoy a hard-earned pint or a refreshing cup of tea. It’s the perfect place to sit and while away a few hours with friends and family.

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