Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Yorkshire - Day 25 of A to Z Blogging Challenge - Things I Love

A fairly easy topic to do for today. Yorkshire, as a whole, is by far the biggest county in the country - in fact, North Yorkshire, on its own, is the country's largest county. And it's certainly one of the best - for general quality of scenery, attractions, things to do, and even the people - there can't really be many better parts of the UK.

Admittedly, parts of Yorkshire are pretty grim - the likes of Barnsley, Wakefield, Castleford, Pontefract, Keighley, Bradford and Shipley are towns I'd sooner avoid. I'm not overly keen on the two largest Yorkshire cities, Sheffield and Leeds, either, although admittedly my experience of living in Leeds for a few years was slightly soured by living in two awful parts of town during my last year there. Yorkshire's industrial past is still heavily in evidence in places like Huddersfield, where I live, and Halifax, which I guess maybe adds to its character in some ways, but not overly so.

Out of the four separate counties of Yorkshire, I don't think many would argue that North Yorkshire is overall the most beautiful. Almost all of the Yorkshire Dales National Park is situated within North Yorkshire .. and here's a few pictures I have taken in times gone by.
Malham Cove
Bolton Abbey
Malham near the Tarn

The town of Richmond

There are also the beautiful towns of Harrogate, Knaresborough, and, of course, York, one of the most visited cities in the UK.

York Minster

And not forgetting the North Yorkshire coast - the lovely towns of Whitby and Filey, and villages of Robin Hood's Bay and Staithes are some of the highlights.

Robin Hood's Bay



Whitby certainly could claim to be the finest coastal town in the UK - it's one of the most popular, and really is a great place to visit.
Honourable mention also to the North York Moors National Park, which is great for driving, and perhaps my favourite North Yorkshire town of all is called Helmsley, quite close to the North York Moors - here's a couple of Helmsley pictures.

So .. that's North Yorkshire for you .. and I haven't even mentioned the rest of Yorkshire yet. East Yorkshire, from my limited experience of it, mostly isn't great, although Beverley is a nice town, and the Yorkshire Wolds are supposed to be nice, but I've not been there yet. South Yorkshire is not particularly attractive from what I've seen .. so let's move on to West Yorkshire, where I've lived for the past 8 years. West Yorkshire probably has a fair bulk of the whole Yorkshire population - Leeds and Bradford are two of the largest cities in the UK, and there's a few more large towns such as Wakefield, Halifax and Huddersfield. I am now in Huddersfield, and I love it - it's a great place to live with plenty going on, even if the town centre isn't especially attractive - although it does have some impressive buildings dotted about. I've probably posted enough pictures of Huddersfield in one of my previous blogs, so I won't put down any more.

I wanted to leave my home in Dorset, a lovely place but somewhere I never quite felt at home at, and also I find the energy down there a bit flat, possibly because it is generally quite a sleepy area, as is much of the south. North Yorkshire could probably be described as sleepy too, and I'm not sure I'd want to live there. No-one, however, can really describe West Yorkshire as sleepy - it is fairly vibrant. That is one of things I love about living here. There is quite a good buzz, particularly in Leeds. I have fallen out of love with Leeds a bit, as I mentioned, but there is lots of good stuff going on there. The prettiest place I have lived whilst I have been in Yorkshire is called Otley, a small market town about 12 miles north of Leeds, but a world away. It's fairly close to the Yorkshire Dales and I had a car whilst living there, so it was easy to go on some lovely journeys through great scenery. It's also near to Ilkley, which is famous for Ilkley Moor and is a lovely town in its own right. Here are some pictures of Otley and Ilkley.
Ilkley town view from Ilkley Moor

Ilkley Moor in the snow

River that runs near Otley centre
Otley town centre view from Otley Chevin

So that's Yorkshire for you. It's my adopted home now. I'm not sure I'll be there for the rest of my life, and I have moments where I wonder what I'm doing here. But it's a great place to live, and it just feels right for me.

1 comment:

  1. You've got me wanting to travel to Whitby and then from there visit some of the beautiful sights in your photos.
    On the Post A to Z Road Trip from S.E. Texas and Life & Faith in Caneyhead.


A few things this week has taught me

Well well. This one really has been one of the toughest weeks in a good while. It's pretty rare for me to get too depressed these days, ...