Often referred to as God’s own county, the magnificent county of Yorkshire has long been a favourite with nature lovers, historians and people who want to embark on an adventure.
One of the best ways to explore this stunning county is to take a ride on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. This journey will take you right back to the days of the magnificent Brontë sisters and you’ll even be able to imagine that you’re living within the pages of ‘Wuthering Heights’.
A visit to their Haworth parsonage is essential and nothing could be more evocative of the Victorian era than reaching your destination via steam train. The Keighley and Worth Valley railway travels along some of the most rugged landscape that Yorkshire has to offer and will be superb preparation for anyone who hasn’t yet read one of the Brontë’s famous novels.
Using the train as your method of transport means that you don’t have to panic about motorways or become worried about luggage or even the weather. The tour company will be able to take care of all of these organisational concerns, leaving you to sit back and enjoy the scenery.
You will have the opportunity to wander around the ancient city of York, where archaeologists are still finding out more about the city’s Viking roots. Any train aficionados can pop into the city’s magnificent rail museum, while another popular destination includes the town of Whitby. This town’s two major claims to fame include the Victorian jet industry and the magnificent Benedictine abbey, which provided the backdrop to Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’.
Travelling to the town through the moors by train should certainly nurture any literary aspirations that you may have. The wild and romantic journey will give you perfect access to this undeveloped part of the British Isles and you won’t have to encounter the 21st century until you disembark at any of the towns en route.
The pretty town of Harrogate has long been famous for its spa and its refined and civilised buildings. The Victorians used to flock here and the town is still a popular tourist destination.
‘Betty’s’ is home to that most English of traditions, afternoon tea, and it would almost be a crime not to enjoy an iconic meal in this establishment’s wonderful tearoom. They’ve been serving tea and cakes here since 1919, so you’re sure to be in for a real treat.
This type of holiday may well deceive you into thinking that you’ve taken a trip back in time, giving you a break from the hectic pace of contemporary life.