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8 Beautiful Places to Visit in Yorkshire

Places in Yorkshire That You Didn't Know Existed

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Discover the jaw-dropping views of Yorkshire, a county that boasts a rich and wild countryside, filled with countless natural wonders, just waiting to take your breath away. Whether you prefer leisurely walks, scenic drives, or even exhilarating hot air ballooning, Yorkshire offers a diverse array of stunning scenery for nature lovers to explore.

So, whether you're drawn to the craggy cliffs of Flamborough Head or looking to dive into the literary world of the Brontë sisters on Haworth Moor, there's something for everyone in this rugged, northern landscape.

Join us on our hot air balloon ride through Yorkshire, where we’ll unveil the most captivating and must-visit nature spots on this voyage of discovery.

1. Malham Cove

Renowned for its unforgettable feature in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1", Malham Cove is a striking natural wonder nestled in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Created over 12,000 years ago, from glacial meltwater during the last Ice Age, this limestone cove is a jaw dropping jigsaw of intricate rock formations. With a towering cliff face that rises about 80 metres high, it's a dream destination for climbers and a breathtaking sight for casual visitors.

Whether you're a Potterhead, a rock-climbing enthusiast, or simply in search of Mother Nature's finest artwork, Malham Cove offers a magical, multi-layered experience that will leave you truly mesmerised.

How long does it take to do Malham Cove?

Starting in the quaint Malham village, this 5 mile ramble takes approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes to complete. With sections of easy to moderate terrain,

this circular route is a fun way to explore some of the natural wonders of North York.

Do you have to pay to park at Malham Cove?

When visiting Malham Cove, there is pay and display car parking available at the Yorkshire Dales National Centre.

Are there any hot air balloon launch sites near Malham Cove?

The closest Yorkshire hot air balloon ride launch site is located on the outskirts of Kirkby Lonsdale, Lancashire. At a 22 mile drive, or 18 miles as the crow flies, there's no guarantee you would fly over Malham Cove, as the length of a balloon flight is entirely dependent on wind speed and direction.

Another of our hot air balloon launch sites near Malham Cove is found 28 miles away on the outskirts of Lancaster, at Bull Beck Picnic Site.

rocky cliffside rocks

2. Brimham Rocks

Like something from the Jurassic era, Brimham Rocks truly is the land that time forgot. Thought to be around 320 million years old, these colossal rock clusters, are astounding geological wonders of the Earth's forgotten past. With their strong animal resemblance, make sure you look out for formations such as “Dancing Bear”, “The Turtle” and “The Smartie tube.”

Alongside these curious rock animals, the Brimham Rocks walk offers some truly breathtaking views over Nidderdale, creating a memorable outdoor adventure for both nature enthusiasts and children to explore.

How long does it take to walk around Brimham Rocks?

Roughly 3 and a half miles long, the circular trail around Brimham rocks takes around an hour and a half to complete at a leisurely stroll.

Where can you park?

Managed by the National Trust, admission is complimentary, although there is a pay-and-display car park on-site.

What has been filmed there?

Being a much loved natural beauty of North Yorkshire, Brimham Rocks has been the feature of many iconic films, including Wuthering Heights (1992) & Jane Eyre (1996).

Are there any hot air balloon launch sites near Brimham Rocks?

Approximately 20 miles south-east of Brimham Rocks, you can find our Wetherby hot air balloon launch site. Flights launch from Wetherby Racecourse with stunning views of the Yorkshire town itself.

Guy wearing a yellow rain coat, standing in front of towering rock formations

3. Flamborough Head

If you’re looking for some unique things to do in Yorkshire, be sure to add Flamborough Head to your list! Soaring to a height of 400 feet, Flamborough Head is renowned for its striking chalk cliffs, frequently cited as some of Britain's most magnificent natural wonders. With not one Flamborough lighthouse, but two, Flamborough Head is not only quintessentially charming but also a sanctuary for one of the UK's largest seabird colonies, undoubtedly securing its place as one of those must see places in Yorkshire.

Can you see puffins at Flamborough Head?

Not only does Flamborough Head offer some truly breathtaking ocean views, but it’s also a rather special home to puffins during their nesting season, between mid-May and mid-July.

Where can you park at Flamborough Head?

Pay and display parking facilities are available at North Landing, South Landing, and the Lighthouse.

Are there any hot air balloon launch sites near Flamborough Head?

Our closest launch site is found 50 miles away in York, with flights taking off from the iconic York Racecourses. As a nationwide balloon flight operator, this is at the higher end of our typical 'distance to my nearest hot air balloon experience'. However, after taking a morning hot air balloon flight, Flamborough Head makes for a great afternoon activity, helping you to round off a perfect day out in Yorkshire.

lighthouse on a cliffside

4. Spurn Point

Nestled on the coastline of the East Riding of Yorkshire, near a number of charming beach towns, Spurn Point is the very best of day trips for your visit in Yorkshire. With its ever-changing tidal landscape, this Yorkshire island reaches out dramatically into the North Sea, providing a unique and captivating area to be explored.

Beyond its natural allure, Spurn Point is home to a lifeboat station and also serves as an essential refuge for migratory birds. So whether you're an avid birdwatcher or simply an explorer at heart, Spurn Point promises an intriguing and memorable outdoor experience for all.

How long does it take to walk the Spurn Point?

It generally takes approximately 2 to 3 hours to complete a round trip along the entire length of the Spurn Point peninsula, depending on your walking pace and any stops you might make for birdwatching or photography.

Is Spurn Point open to the public?

Yes, Spurn Point is open to the public. However, access can be occasionally limited due to the influence of tidal conditions and conservation work, so it's always a good idea to check ahead for any restrictions or advisories.

Are there any hot air balloon launch sites near Spurn Point?

As with Flamborough Head, our closest hot air balloon experience is located in York, which is situated far inland from the coastline. You'll find the same is true for any of our launch sites nationwide, we don't launch balloon flights along the coastline. however, don't let that stop you from pairing a balloon flight experience with a trip down to the seaside for a fun packed day out.

strip of land with beach and sea surrounding it

5. Sutton Bank

Often dubbed as the "finest view in England", Sutton Bank is one of the most delightful places in Britain and a must see spot when visiting Yorkshire. With its jaw-dropping views of the Vale of York and the Vale of Mowbray, these North Yorkshire Moors are privy to the most stunning of sunrises and sunsets across the UK. Sutton Bank is an unmissable North Yorkshire gem, perfect for snap-happy photographers and sunset-chasers!

6. Haworth Moor

Situated in the heart of the South Pennines, Haworth Moor offers a mesmerising blend of rugged landscapes and literary history. These wild moors are best known as the setting that inspired Emily Brontë's classic novel - "Wuthering Heights." Whether you're tracing the steps of classic characters or simply soaking in the natural beauty, the wild expanse of windswept heather and stone pathways found on Haworth walks, will instantly transport visitors into the moody world of the Brontë sisters and provide an unforgettable backdrop for any outdoor adventure.

Circular Walk at Penistone Hill

Embark on a looping adventure at Penistone Hill Country Park! This moderate circular walk is a real treat, offering picture-perfect views and a route that brings you right back to where you started. A few uphill climbs keep things interesting—perfect for explorers of all levels.

bench on a hillside with the sunrise

7. Bronte waterfall

Nestled away near the charming village of Haworth, and frequently visited by the Bronte sisters themselves, the Bronte Waterfall is a hidden gem that offers a welcome escape into the natural beauty of the Yorkshire moors. The perfect tranquil spot for a little peace and quiet, the Bronte Waterfall is a must-visit natural attraction for book enthusiasts and adventurers alike.

The Bronte Waterfall Walk

The Brontë Waterfall walk is a relatively short yet enchanting ramble, typically taking about 1 to 2 hours to complete. With its old literary connections, it’s the perfect way to step into historic York and enjoy a quick escape into nature, while soaking up the beautiful scenery.

Parking near the Bronte Waterfall

To visit Bronte Waterfall, you can generally park at the Bronte Parsonage Museum car park in Haworth if you're planning to walk to the falls from the village. Alternatively, you might find parking spots closer to the waterfall itself, often along nearby roads or designated parking areas.

So, if you love an opportunity to explore the UK's most breathtaking natural beauties, Yorkshire’s unparalleled charm and captivating landscapes are a must addition to your bucket list. Whether you prefer the enchanting limestone formations of Malham Cove, the prehistoric wonder of Brimham Rocks or the historic charm of Bramham Park seen from a hot air balloon flight, Yorkshire never fails to captivate. As you explore the stunning landscapes, you can also embark on adventures at Spurn Point, witness the "finest view in England" at Sutton Bank, and immerse yourself in the moody world of the Brontë sisters on Haworth Moor. With its captivating scenery and rich history, Yorkshire invites you to step into a world of natural wonders and timeless tales. So, pack your walking boots, bring your camera, and let Yorkshire's beauty take your breath away, one remarkable vista at a time.