The beautiful Yorkshire Wolds may be less than known than the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales, but we think they deserve a big shout out.
Lovely villages, gorgeous rolling hills and a smattering of stately homes make the Yorkshire Wolds, in our opinion, well worth a visit.
In fact, whether you like walking, cycling, culture, vineyards or nature; there will be something for you in the Yorkshire Wolds. Here are some of our favourite things to do on a summer holiday to the Yorkshire Wolds:
#01 Visit a stately home and garden
You can take your pick from a quartet of stately homes to visit in the Yorkshire Wolds. Burton Agnes Hall, Burton Constable Hall, Sledmere House and Sewerby Hall and Gardens are all great picks for a day out.
Burton Agnes Hall and Burton Constable Hall are both fabulous Elizabethan stately homes with gorgeous gardens to explore, woodland walks and children’s activities. More than enough to keep everyone in your party happy.
Sledmere House is one of the finest Grade I listed Georgian country houses around, set in grounds designed by famous landscape gardener Capability Brown.
There’s plenty to see and do at Sewerby Hall and Gardens with a mammal zoo, land train and 18-hole putting green amongst the attractions on the estate.
#02 Go wine tasting at a local vineyard
If you’re a bit of a wine buff (or even if you just like wine), The Little Wold Vineyard and Ryedale Vineyard both offer vineyard tours, so you can see how English wine is made in the Yorkshire Wolds. You’ll also get to sample the wines and purchase some for later.
The scenic settings (and the wine) make this a relaxing option for a day out.
#03 Walk along the Yorkshire Wolds Way
Following the Yorkshire Wolds Way National Trail is a great way to discover this beautiful part of the world with lots of market towns and village along the route. Highlights include the poetry bench above Huggate which has gorgeous views and exploring the deserted medieval village of Wharram Percy.
Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife throughout the trail including hares and red kites.
#03 Spot some birds at Bempton Cliffs
Between March and October each year, Bempton Cliffs on the East Coast of Yorkshire is home to around half a million seabirds. Species you can spot at this RSPB reserve include gannets, guillemots and puffins.
There’s stunning scenery all along these cliffs and six safe viewpoints to get a prime view of the nesting birds.
#04 Browse the shops in Beverley
The beautiful market town of Beverley is filled with cobbled streets, charming courtyards, historic pub, and lovely shops to browse. It’s also home to a Georgian quarter and the 15th century North Bar which is the only surviving brick-built town gate in the UK.
You’ll find a range of upmarket shops such as Jo Malone, Joules and White Stuff along with independent stores and antique emporiums.
#05 Explore the Yorkshire Nature Triangle
The Yorkshire Wolds is home to the Yorkshire Nature Triangle where you can spot a variety of British wildlife. There’s lots of sites throughout East Yorkshire where you can go nature spotting.
Our favourites include Spurn on the Humber Estuary, Flamborough Cliffs on the Headland Coast, Tophill Low between Driffield and Beverley and North Cave Wetlands which is around 20 minutes from Pocklington.
#06 Relax and unwind in peaceful scenery
The peaceful countryside of the Yorkshire Wolds are ideal for a relaxing short break or holiday. You’ll find lush green landscapes, riverside walks and pretty little villages (with charming country pubs) to explore.
There’s an abundance of scenic spots for a picnic and the flatter rolling hills are perfect if a gentle stroll is right up your street. It’s easy to see why this beautiful part of the world was such an inspiration to the painter David Hockney.
Where to stay:
Gorgeous Cottages have a range of Yorkshire Wolds Holiday Cottages that are perfect for a short break or holiday!
This beautiful 2-bedroom cottage is set in 100-acres of private Yorkshire Wolds park and farmland beside the River Ouse. Find out more.
A pretty holiday cottage in a beautiful Yorkshire Wolds village setting, Harry’s Stable is the classic English country cottage. Find out more.
This coastal holiday home has a prime position on Flamborough Head. Perfect for cliff top walks and spotting a variety of wildlife. Find out more.
Gorgeous Cottages are the booking agents for a range of holiday cottages in the Yorkshire Wolds. Whether you are looking for a romantic break, a dog-friendly getaway or a family holiday, give the team a call on 01642 263 249. Take a look at the full range of Yorkshire Wolds Holiday Cottages.