The stunning landscapes, beautiful castles and country houses of Yorkshire provide the perfect setting to relax and unwind completely. Here, the paths of nature, history and literature converge, and we suggest three routes that delve into three classics of English literature.
Reliving Wuthering Heights
Wuthering Heights, the immortal tale that was Emily Brontë's only novel, is set against a backdrop of the moors around Haworth. Early on, Mr Lockwood, the narrator, writes in his journal, "This is certainly a beautiful country! In all England, I do not believe that I could have fixed on a situation so completely removed from the stir of society." And it is surely only in such a vast natural wilderness that such a story of love and alienation, cruelty and passion could have taken place. Here the Pennine Hills - the backbone of England - are always at hand, waiting to be explored, and prepared to offer the perfect location for your next getaway.
Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
Red House Museum at Gomersal
Salts Mill in Saltaire.
On the trail of Agatha Christie
In 1926 the best-selling novelist of all time, Agatha Christie, staged a disappearance that would have put Hercule Poirot himself in a quandary. For ten days, the mistress of mystery managed to hide from the world under a false identity, leaving no clues to her whereabouts other than a letter saying she was going to Yorkshire. At last, the police discovered her in Harrogate, a spa town famous for its waters.
Harewood House in Leeds and RHS Garden Harlow Carr, the Old White Swan Hotel and Bettys Café Tea Rooms in Harrogate.
The legacy of Count Dracula
Whether or not you've read the novel itself, you are almost certainly familiar with the legend of Dracula and have seen one or more of the countless adaptations of Bram Stoker's Gothic novel. What you may not realise, though, is that the original masterpiece of terror was inspired by Yorkshire and much of the action takes place there. The ship bringing the vampire to England ran aground on the windswept North Sea coast at Whitby and the most famous vampire of all time took refuge in the beautiful and romantic ruin of Whitby Abbey.
Captain Cook Memorial Museum
Crescent Gardens in Whitby
Castle Howard near York
The Tolkien Triangle
The Tolkien Triangle starts in Hull, where Tolkien was hospitalised twice, and was visited by a Sister of Mercy who became a life long friend, to Hornsea Musketry Camp, his first posting in East Yorkshire, and where Edith, his wife, took lodgings nearby. It then bears south, via Roos, to a camp called Thirtle Bridge, where the author recuperated. Edith took lodgings in nearby Withernsea. Finally, the triangle takes us further south to Easington and Kilnsea, where Tolkien was part of the Royal Defence Corps. Much of his early mythology and invented languages was written during his stay in East Yorkshire in WW1