There is so much natural beauty to discover in Yorkshire that it’s hard to know where to start. We have put together 10 of Yorkshire’s hidden gems. It’s well worth seeking them out on your next short break or holiday. Take a look and see what you think.
Hole of Horcum, North Yorkshire Moors
The magnificent Hole of Horcum is a sight to behold! This natural amphitheatre is 400 miles deep and half a mile wide. You’ll get fabulous views from this spot on Levisham Moor.
Semerwater, Yorkshire Dales
Lake Semerwater, nestled high up in Upper Wensleydale, is a lovely tranquil spot to visit. It’s the second largest natural lake in the Yorkshire Dales (after Malham Tarn) and home to an array of wildlife.
Mallyan Spout Waterfall, North York Moors
Mallyan Spout is the tallest waterfall in the North York Moors and is located in the lovely village of Goathland. It’s 70 metres tall and almost vertical so well worth a visit. Be careful on the rocks though – they can get very slippery!
Whernside, Yorkshire Dales
Whernside is the tallest of the three peaks and the highest mountain in Yorkshire. On a clear day you can see as far as the Lake District from the summit and there are lovely views of the surrounding Yorkshire Dales too. Whernside can be climbed as part of the Three Peak challenge alongside Ingleborough and Pen-y-Ghent.
Robin Hoods Bay, Yorkshire Coast
The natural cliffs and beaches along the Yorkshire Coast are absolutely beautiful – as are the villages you’ll find along the way. Robin Hoods Bay is particularly impressive as the village winds it way down a steep descent from the cliff tops to the beach below. The North York Moors coastline is known as the dinosaur coast and fossils are still found here to this day.
Bempton Cliffs, Yorkshire Wolds
The beautiful 400-foot high Bempton Cliffs are truly spectacular – not least as they are home to up to half a million nesting seabirds between May and September. The chalk coastline along this part of the Yorkshire Wolds (including nearby Flamborough Head) are a very scenic spot for a walk.
White Scar Cave, Yorkshire Dales
White Scar Cave is the longest show cave in the UK and the entrance is just a couple of miles from Ingleborough in the Yorkshire Dales. Impressive sights in the cave include a waterfall, rocks that look remarkably like witche’s fingers and orange stalactites resembling carrots!
How Stean Gorge, Nidderdale
How Stean Gorge is a dramatic natural ravine that’s been carved out of Nidderdale rocks by thousands of years of waterflow. It makes a great place for rock climbing, gorge walking or just exploring the natural caves and walkways. There’s a great visitor’s centre at How Stean Gorge too where you can look out over the ravine via a glass floor.
Roseberry Topping, North York Moors
Roseberry Topping may be a hill rather than a mountain but it’s a very distinctive sight at the northern end of the North York Moors. Climbing it can be achieved by anyone who is at least reasonably fit. We think it’s a great choice for families to tackle.
Mother Shipton’s Cave, Nidderdale
Mother’s Shipton Cave is a petrifying well in Knaresborough that’s the oldest entrance-charging tourist attraction in the UK as it has been open since 1630.
According to legend the cave was the birthplace of prophetess Mother Shipton. In reality everyday objects are gradually petrified because of the high sulphate and carbonate levels in the water.