Easy ways to be Yorkshire's Favourite Visitors
From its lively cities to pretty villages, rolling countryside and grand coastline, Yorkshire has so much to offer. As a visitor, wherever we go and whatever we do, we have an impact, both good and bad.
By doing just a few simple things we can all help keep Yorkshire special, so that it’s ready for your next visit. Here are a few hints on how you can play a part and have a fantastic holiday at the same time!
Try local, buy local
Here in Yorkshire we have some of the best food and drink around, and fantastic local arts and craft producers.
Explore Yorkshire's food trails and enjoy our fantastic local food. You'll be sure of a tasty Yorkshire experience. And don't forget to take something home to treat your friends and family. You won't be far from award winning farm shops, specialist food shops, farmers' markets or Country Markets.
Or make a visit to Yorkshire's many individual shops and shows which specialise in local handmade crafts.
Kick back, relax and leave the car at home
Getting to Yorkshire by public transport couldn't be easier and regular services link many of the area's most popular destinations. High speed trains from London or Edinburgh get you to the heart of Yorkshire in less than two hours.
Or give it a break, even for a day
Yorkshire has so many places to visit without even thinking about using a car. Explore what's on your doorstep, enjoy a walk or cycle in the fresh air or a blast from the past on Yorkshire's heritage railways. Take a trip to a Tourist Information Centre for some great ideas on what to do.
Around 250,000 visitors explore the Three Peaks area in the Yorkshire Dales every year, putting heavy demands on its footpaths and wildlife habitats. The Friends of the Three Peaks are individuals and organisations who want to protect and enhance this special area. Anyone wanting to become a 'Friend' can join for a small fee. You'll receive regular newsletters, invitations to Friends walks and have the opportunity to get involved in looking after the Three Peaks paths.
Welcome to Yorkshire is proud to be a Friend of the Three Peaks.
Chill out - switch off
Switch off lights and turn down the heating when you leave your room. Close the window when the heating is on in your room and turn off standby buttons.
Be water wise
Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth, follow any towel policies or other water saving initiatives that are in place where you're staying.
Follow the Countryside Code
Help us look after the landscape and wildlife by avoiding damage and disturbance; use footpaths and cycle ways responsibly and take your litter away.
Reduce, reuse, recycle
Avoid over packaged goods or say no to that extra carrier bag; if you've brought your own, even better. Try and recycle any waste you have. Ask your accommodation provider what facilities they have for this, lots will have recycling bins.
Support Green Businesses
There are many businesses across the region working to reduce their carbon footprint through the Green Tourism Business Scheme.