Villages in West Yorkshire have a look like no other. Simon Armitage noted on his walk along the Peninine Way the noticeable difference when you cross over from North Yorkshire into West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire doesn’t get as much love as its neighbour, North Yorkshire, but we think it has some beautiful and fantastic villages to visit. You know a good village by their pubs and community spirit, and these definitely have a few decent watering holes to frequent.
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Where poet Simon Armitage grew up, this village is as picturesque as they come. Quaint, traditional pubs with a bubbling river and beautiful Yorkshire countryside – as far as villages in West Yorkshire go, it’s the perfect place to visit for a lovely family day out. You can walk out into the countryside, and enjoy nearby reservoirs before returning to enjoy a nice pint in a warm pub by the fire.
A model village in Shipley, Saltaire was designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2001. You can enjoy a walk along the idyllic Leeds and Liverpool canal while taking in the beautiful architecture of the Salts Mill. The village sits on the River Aire and is surrounded by glorious Yorkshire countryside. It was originally built to house workers, but is now a vision of historic beauty that will not disappoint anyone who visits.
Situated on the Eastern slope of the Pennines, Haworth is West Yorkshire’s most famous village. It was home to the Brontë sisters, making it the literary mecca of Yorkshire. It also has beautiful cobbled streets, rolling moors and a vintage charm that pulls in tons of visitors every single year. There are plenty of places to eat and enjoy a pint after you’ve finished exploring this historic Yorkshire village, making for a truly wholesome day out.
Near to Halifax, this is another village that is proving popular with younger people, seeing a number of brand new bars and restaurants open in recent years. But if one thing’s for sure, it hasn’t lost its old charm, with an elegant village feel that has plenty to offer anyone who fancies a trying somewhere a little different.
The birthplace of poet Ted Hughes, tucked between Halifax and Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd is a small scenic village that offers amazing views and walking experiences. It sits at the confluence of Elphin Brook and River Calder, and also has the Roachdale Canal passing through.
Just down the road from Marsden, Slaithwaite is more than just a pub on the ale trail, becoming a pretty trendy place to both live and visit in recent years. It’s a personal favourite of ours for a pizza pit stop at Anello, and also has great traditional pubs and artisan bread shops to pop in on a weekend day out. Once you’ve had a wander in the surrounding Pennines, you can come and enjoy the quaint limestone cottages and neighbourhood feel Slaithwaite has to offer.
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