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Challenge yourself to these 10 Yorkshire experiences!

There are challenges and experiences for everyone in the glorious county that is Yorkshire. From seeking out The Seated Man in the North York Moors National Park to tackling part of the Tour de Yorkshire as part of the sportive.  Here are 10 Yorkshire experiences that are worth adding to your bucket list!

#01 Complete the 109-mile Cleveland Way National Trail

Enjoy a coastal walk in the North York Moors

The Cleveland Way is one of England’s 7 great walking trails and takes in heather-clad moorland and breath-taking cliff top views along the way.

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Helmsley is the start of the 109-mile Cleveland Way.

You’ll also find pretty villages to call in and an array of pubs to call in for refreshments. It runs all the way from Helmsley in the North York Moors National Park to Filey on the Yorkshire Coast.

Runswick Bay on the Yorkshire Coast

It’s up to you whether you tackle all 109-miles or do a bit at a time.

#02 See if you can find the Seated Man in the North York Moors

The Seated Man appeared on the moorland near Castleton in the Summer of 2017. This rather large chap is 3-metres high and a half mile hike from the nearest road.

Seek out the Seated Man near Castleton

He’s well worth seeking out for a photo opportunity and is due to stay in place until 2023. Some people say he has an uncanny resemblance to Jeremy Corbyn but we couldn’t possibly comment…

#03 Climb the Yorkshire Three Peaks

The Yorkshire Three Peaks in Ribblesdale

The Yorkshire Three Peaks are Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough and it’s up to do if you tackle the three of them together (the Yorkshire Three Peak Challenge) or climb each one separately. The hills are the highest in Yorkshire and are in the valley of the River Ribble at the Western edge of the Dales.

View the Settle-Carlisle Railway from Yorkshire's Three Peaks

You can see the famous Settle-Carlisle train passing by on the Ribblehead Viaduct and enjoy stunning views of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

#04 Travel through the treetops at Dalby Forest

Dalby is known as the Great Yorkshire Forest and is located at the South on the North York Moors National Park and the Tree Top Adventure here is a great choice for thrill seekers. Travel across valleys on a series of zip-wires – at times you will be 35m above ground!

Go Ape at Dalby Forest

The Go Ape Treetop Adventure at Dalby Forest

There’s a smaller version for kids and if you prefer your adventures to be a little more sedate, a Segway is a great way to explore the forest.

#05 Take a safari at Spurn

Climb aboard a giant all-terrain 4×4 for a trip to remember around Spurn – Yorkshire’s Lands End. There are 3.5 miles of sand dunes to explore and you may well spot some wild deer along the way.

Spurn Safari

Once you reach Spurn Point itself you can climb the 128 steps to the top of the lighthouse for an amazing view from the top.

#06 Scramble through caves at How Stean Gorge

Yorkshire's Hidden Gems

How Stean Gorge is a ravine in Nidderdale – carved out by water flowing through it over thousands of years. The natural rocks and streams make a great spot for gorge walking and abseiling or you can go exploring in the maze of caves, tunnels and walkways beneath your feet.

#07 Take to the water at Semerwater

The tranquil Semerwater is one of the largest natural lakes in the Yorkshire Dales and is nestled high up in Wensleydale. It’s just one of the locations in Yorkshire that you can take to the water on a canoe and you may well spot some wildlife along the way.

10 Yorkshire Experiences

#08 Spot a ghost in York

York is one of the most haunted cities of the UK and there are a number of ghost tours taking place within the medieval city walls.

10 Yorkshire Experiences


The Golden Fleece pub dates back all the way back to 1503 so is one of York’s oldest pubs. It has acquired a number of spirits over the years (and not just the type that you drink). The most well-known ghost is Lady Alice Peckett who was married to a former mayor of the city (and owner of the pub).

#09 Enjoy the view from the top of Roseberry Topping

Roseberry Topping is a hill in the North York Moors

The walk up to the summit Roseberry Topping is a great option for families to tackle as it’s not too strenuous even for littler legs. The hill stands at just over 1000 feet but you’ll feel like you’re the king (or queen) of the castle as you stand at the top and look down over the North York Moors below.

#10 Complete the Tour de Yorkshire Sportive

The annual Tour de Yorkshire is a 4-day elite cycle race through Yorkshire where some of the world’s top teams and cyclists compete for a place on the podium.
If you’re not quite at professional level but fancy a challenging bike, the Tour de Yorkshire Sportive could be a perfect option.

The Tour de Yorkshire Route 2018

Taking place on one of the 4 days it follows part of the same route as the professionals with cheering crowds by the roadside to spur you on!

If this has whetted your appetite for a Yorkshire adventure, Gorgeous Cottages are the booking agents for a range of luxury holiday cottages throughout the Dales, Wolds, Moors and Coast. Give us a call on 01642 263 249 to see if we can help!

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