We all know how beautiful Yorkshire is – and these incredible views across God’s Own Country emphatically prove it.
There’s a reason why Yorkshire is called God’s Own Country – it’s because it’s home to some of the most stunning places in the world. That may sound like an overstatement, but take a look at these pictures and tell us we’re wrong. These awe-inspiring views can all be found in Yorkshire, but they’re even better in real life than on film, so put them on your bucket list.
One of Yorkshire’s best kept secrets, Runswick Bay is tucked between Staithes and Whitby at the Eastern tip of the North York Moors. It’s not the countryside that will grab your attention here though – just look out over the North Sea, with amazing cliffs on either side.
The Knaresborough Viaduct
Knaresborough is a quaint Yorkshire town not far from Harrogate. Its bigger neighbour may get more attention, but when it comes to the views, Knaresborough definitely wins. Wander up the winding streets to the Castle, where you can look out over the River Nidd and the Knaresborough Viaduct – it’s a view that will take your breath away.
As one of the Yorkshire Three Peaks, the often snowy Pen-y-ghent is already a well known landmark for eager adventurers – and it makes for quite a sight. Once you’re at the top the peak, you can look out across the Yorkshire landscape and down on the valley below where the village of Horton-in-Ribblesdale lies.
The Yorkshire coastline has plenty of natural wonders, and Flamborough Head is proof. Nestled between Filey and Bridlington, it looks out into the North Sea, offering up incredible rock formations, including a captivating arch, and beautiful white cliffs – they’re not exclusive to Dover, y’know?
Whernside is another of the Three Peaks in the Yorkshire Dales, and while it’s an impressive fell on its own, there’s something else that really sets it apart. At its foot is the Ribblehead Viaduct, which provides a wonderful juxtaposition of beautiful nature and impressive modern engineering. Together, they’re quite something.
Spurn Point is a fantastic Yorkshire secret – it’s a sand spit at the tip of the East Coast that doubles up as a nature reserve and becomes an island at high tide. It offers up incredible views across the water, with two lighthouses adding to the sight of what is already a delightful coastal spot.
It’s the highest lake anywhere in England, which is quite something, but that’s not the only reason to pay a visit to Malham Tarn, because it’s also an amazing slice of Yorkshire – head to the top of the hill for incredible views across the water.
Otley Chevin is one of the most beautiful spots in Yorkshire. If you want to look out over the countryside, make a beeline for the Surprise View, which looks out over the town and towards York. Some say you can even see the spires of the Minster in the distance.
Summer always looks good, but winter has its moments too, as you can see in this picture of Tan Hill. It’s one of the highest points in The Pennines, with unspoilt nature all around, and it makes for one hell of a view. The fact that the highest pub in the British Isles, The Tan Hill Inn, is up here too is just an added bonus.
Tucked between Leeds and Harrogate, Almscliffe Crag is a rocky outcrop at North Rigton that is worth a visit in itself. Head to its top and look out across the lush, green landscapes that makes Yorkshire what it is.Feature image copyright Chantrybee licensed under Creative Commons for commercial use.