How to spend a winter staycation in Yorkshire
The spectacular scenery of Yorkshire offers something new at every season, and winter is no exception! If you are considering a winter break in the Yorkshire Dales, you can be assured of a warm Yorkshire welcome wherever you go. For the adventure lover there are walks to discover hidden waterfalls, culture vultures can explore one of the many historic ruins and stately homes, or those looking for some retail therapy can head to one of the local market towns. Read on to find out our top days out for your winter staycation!
Top five winter days out in Yorkshire:
1. Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden
These ancient abbey ruins and spectacular water gardens hold World Heritage Site status, and we can see why! The abbey ruins are nestled in the Skell Valley near Ripon, alongside an 18th-century water garden, where the river skell has been channelled into a series of canals, cascades and moon ponds. In winter as the leaves fall, the vistas open up giving spectacular views from the folly’s overlooking the grounds. It’s also the perfect time of year to explore the medieval deer park, where you can spot Red, Fallow and Manchurian Sika deer, all before returning to the café to get cosy and refuel! Click here to find out more.
2. Harewood House
Enjoy the perfect festive getaway as The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa teams up with Harewood House, one of the Treasure Houses of England. The House was built in the 18th century and has art collections to rival the finest in Britain, in addition to a rare Bird Garden and over 100 acres of exquisite gardens to explore. This festive season, Harewood are hosting ‘Upon a Christmas Wish’ where visitors can delve into a voyage of the imagination, as they recount a Christmas tale and the House reveals its magic to all those in need of whimsical wonder…
After a day spent getting into the Christmas spirit, there's nowhere better to be than our luxury hotel in the Yorkshire Dales. The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa is less than 40 minutes’ drive from Harewood. Take a stroll through the spectacular landscape of the Bolton Abbey Estate, curl up with a book by the fireplace, enjoy the breath-taking views from your room and sample Head Chef Ross Forder’s AA Rosette dining in the Brasserie… all are included in your festive break.
3. Malham Cove, Gordale Scar and Janet’s Foss Walk
If you are looking to get out in to the Dales and explore on foot, this 4 mile walk from Malham Village offers spectacular rugged landscapes and views around Malham Cove, as well as the impressive water features of Gordale Scar and Janet’s Foss! Exploring this route in the winter season means the water features will be in full flow and you can avoid the crowds of the busy summer months at this popular tourist spot. Be sure to call in to one of the cafes of pubs in the quaint village of Malham too. Click here to view the route.
4. Visit Harrogate
Harrogate is a Victorian spa town in North Yorkshire, with handsome Victorian architecture and verdant gardens, as well as a host of cafes and tea rooms, including the famous Bettys! If you are looking to indulge in some retail therapy or perhaps start your Christmas shopping, head to the Montpellier Quarter and pop in to one of the designer shops or independent boutiques. It’s also the perfect place to simply watch the world go by from a cosy café! Find out more about Harrogate here.
5. Bolton Abbey and the Valley of Desolation
Those looking to stretch their legs can explore the Bolton Abbey Estate from our doorstep! The Valley of Desolation is a must-visit during your staycation, a hidden gem just a stone’s throw from the Cavendish Pavilion Car Park, or you can walk along the riverside past the Bolton Abbey Priory ruins from The Devonshire Arms. The Valley of Desolation is named after once being destroyed by a storm, but nature has long since repaired the damage, and is home to a waterfall that is plucked straight from a fairytale! Find out more about Bolton Abbey walks here.
However you choose to spend your winter staycation in Yorkshire, you can be sure of the warmest welcome and finest hospitality when you stay with us! To find out more and to book online please click here.