From the buzz of the big cities to the tranquillity of the moorlands, there really is something for everyone in Yorkshire.
With easy access to stunning natural landscapes, historic landmarks and a rich cultural and social scene, it’s easy to see why us Yorkshire folk are so proud of our heritage; so much so in fact, we even devised our own calendar day dedicated to God’s own country back in 1975: Yorkshire Day.
On August 1st the UK's largest county comes together to celebrate all things Yorkshire and indulge in vast quantities of regional pride, and it seems the Yorkshire bug is catching too.
According to new research, almost one in four adults are looking to relocate over the next two years – with Yorkshire being a top preference.
But what makes Yorkshire so special? And why should you move here?
Yorkshire is one of the most historically important counties in the UK. Famous for its role in the War of the Roses, history buffs are drawn to the city of York, where as well as the Jorvik Viking Museum and York Minster, you can find some of the most complete city walls in the country.
But the historic attractions don’t stop there. From its castles and churches to abbeys and waterways, you’ll find history hidden around almost every corner. Strap on your walking boots and go explore!
In addition to the Heritage Coast and Bronte country, Yorkshire boasts more than 3,200 square kilometres of stunning natural beauty spread across three National Parks.
The Dark Peak, the higher and wilder part of The Peak District (a five-minute drive from our Deynebrook development) is famed for its exposed moorland, unkempt heather and outcrops of black granite; making it a popular destination for walkers and hikers alike.
Yorkshire also has a growing reputation as one of the best areas of the country to cycle. Formed in 2013, Holmfirth Cycling Club is one of the fastest growing cycling clubs in the UK, and with the government pledging a £2bn cycling revolution, there’s really never been a better time to join.
It’s not just fans of the great outdoors who flock to Yorkshire, its cities, including Leeds, Sheffield and York, have it all.
As well as a vibrant nightlife, West Yorkshire in particular is a haven for shopaholics. The award-winning Victoria Quarter is housed in elegant grade II-listed buildings and home to more than 70 famous fashion and lifestyle brands including Louis Vuitton, Paul Smith, Vivienne Westwood, Mulberry and LK Bennett.
It’s hard to think of anywhere else on Earth where landscapes flow so seamlessly between rural tranquillity and the buzz of the city.
Take our Deynebrook development for example. Nestled in the picturesque village of Netherthong on the outskirts of Holmfirth, the vibrant cities of Sheffield, Leeds and Manchester are all just a stone’s throw away, giving you easy access to three of the UK’s 10 largest cities in shy of an hour.
The Food (and Drink)
There are endless options when it comes to dining out. In fact, no other county outside London holds as many Michelin-starred restaurants as Yorkshire, earning the county a reputation for being a prime culinary destination.
If you prefer to cook from scratch, head to Kirkgate Market in Leeds. Since 1857 this foodie’s paradise has been home to traders representing a diverse range of nationalities, including a Polish delicatessen, a Chinese supermarket, an Asian Bazaar and regular farmer’s markets.
For those looking for liquid refreshment, head on over to The Cider Press in Netherthong to quench your thirst with a glass of their locally acclaimed artisan cider. Take it from us, it comes highly recommended.
If it’s family friendly entertainment you’re seeking, you’ll find it in abundance in Yorkshire. Take Eureka in Halifax, a renowned interactive museum for children with a focus on learning through play. Or Digger Land in Castleford, where children and adults can ride, drive and operate full-sized construction machinery or brave the heart-stopping 50-foot Skyshuttle.
If white knuckle rides aren’t your cup of Yorkshire tea, lose yourself at Farmer Copley's Corn Maze, one of the largest corn mazes in Britain. From tractor rides to corn slides, assault courses to cart racing, you’ll find a whole host of activities here to ensure the kids never get bored.
There are a thousand reasons why Yorkshire is one of Europe’s most popular travel destinations, but we don’t think your experience of the county should be limited to a handful of visits.
At Yorkshire Country Properties we carefully select the locations for our developments so you can enjoy the best of what Yorkshire has to offer 365 days a year.
If you're interested in making Yorkshire your home, contact our team today.