Yorkshire England is a vast and varied region of more than three and a half million acres and a population of almost 5 million. That’s more people than Norway. Indeed, Yorkshire’s population is larger than Wales or Ireland, or New Zealand, or Albania, Lithuania, Estonia, Jamaica or Iceland.
Remarkably for such a populous region most of Yorkshire still forms one of the least densely populated corners of the nation. It is home to vast swathes of unspoiled, beautiful countryside, littered only with picturesque villages and genteel towns. Yorkshire’s smaller places range from solid stone hamlets in the dales, fine brick-built coaching towns in the vales to lovely red-roofed cottages in captivating coastal settlements that hug the coves of the shore.
The largest county in England, Yorkshire is big and beautiful country. It reaches into no less than three National Parks – the Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors and the Peak District. It also includes the majestic moorland of Bronte Country and the tranquil beauty of the Howardian Hills and the Yorkshire Wolds. Our spectacular coastline is among the finest in Britain, much of it protected as Heritage Coast.
Yorkshire features over 800 attractions, from World Heritage Sites to mining museums, ruined castles and abbeys, to hands on museums. Yorkshire is proud of its past and a sense of history is never far away. Castles, abbeys and stately homes weave their rich and evocative story. The Yorkshire Dales, to the northwest, possesses a glorious collection of places to visit, with a patchwork of stone-built villages, limestone hills, serene valleys and majestic heights.
Away from the bustle of Yorkshire’s premier cities like Leeds, Sheffield, Hull and Halifax the timeless rhythm of the magnificent countryside continues. Yorkshire county contains 1000 square miles of National Parks. Silver and green limestone characterizes the Yorkshire Dales, while England’s largest expanse of heather moorland blooms on the North Yorkshire Moors each summer.
The beautiful, peaceful Yorkshire Wolds stretch leisurely from the chalk cliffs at Flamborough on the coast to the Humber Estuary at Hessle. There are some of the most picturesque villages and lively market towns in the country in this area, some well known, some well off the beaten track. The Yorkshire Coast is an enchanting place to explore at any time of the year and take in popular coastal resorts such as Whitby and picturesque fishing villages like Robin Hood’s Bay.