Inspiration

5 Autumn Activities

Activities to take your breath away and warm your belly, be inspired to see some of Yorkshires hidden gems.

1. Walk up to Whitby Abbey, Whitby, North Yorkshire

What better way to wake up than with a walk up to Whitby Abbey. Get up early and wonder up the 199 steps, to watch the autumn mist drift away to reveal one of the most spectacular coastal views in Yorkshire. With the famous gothic Abbey behind you, the town of Whitby below and the North Sea stretching out in front of you.

If you make the journey as the sunrises this will be a morning to remember. Perched high on a cliff, it’s easy to see why the haunting remains of Whitby Abbey were inspiration for Bram Stoker’s gothic tale of ‘Dracula’. Sink your teeth into years of history, amazing views and a packed events programme, just a short climb away from the picturesque Yorkshire seaside town of Whitby.

2. Warm yourself up with a curry, Various locations

Offering traditional cuisine since 1979, Mumtaz in Leeds is the perfect place to warm yo ur very soul this autumn. An institution in Yorkshire and beyond, this is the place to find a warming plate of deliciousness.

A craft beer bar in Leeds with an Indian street food kitchen, Bundobust serves vegetarian Indian dishes in a laid back environment.

Or for a real slice of history, visit The Sweet Centre in the heart of Bradford. The oldest curry house in the city, they offer wonderful bowls of spice, perfect for this time of year.

Bradford was once again crowned Curry Capital of Britain in 2015, five years in a row! A Bradford curry really is a must when you are visiting this city. You’ll find award winning restaurants around every corner, from café-style favourites to impressive dining experiences.

3. Aysgarth Falls, Yorkshire Dales

Known as the Aysgarth Falls, the series of waterfalls on the River Ure in Wensleydale are spectacular, particularly in Autumn after the dale has been drenched in rain.

The rush of running water set against the Autumn foliage is truly something to behold. Well known for its starring role in the 90’s classic Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, this is a well-loved Yorkshire Dales beauty spot. If you head to the upper fall, you can pop into the visitor’s centre, onsite café and gift shop.

Aysgarth Falls Tourist Information Centre is perfectly situated to visit the superb waterfalls. The National Park Centre can also point you in the direction of other lovely walks in the area taking in the surrounding woods or heading up to the lovely villages of Carperby or Aysgarth.

4. Sutton Bank, North York Moors National Park

Be at one with nature at Sutton Bank National Park Centre in their new Natural Adventure Park. Children will love getting a little dirty in their mud kitchen or getting creative building their own den. Enjoy two quirky treehouses, a stone castle, three magical stone roundhouses, a large sandpit with a ‘play tree’ in the centre.

Have a go at log clambering over the ‘swamp’ just remember to bring some spare clothes, as getting dirty is all part of the fun! Also at Sutton Bank, there is a new walk suitable for trampers/robust wheelchairs, devised with an accessibility expert, it takes in the White Horse before picking up the green Cliff family cycle trail and then coming back along the cliff top with amazing views.

5. Spectacular Autumn Colours, Thorp Perrow and Castle Howard

Leaves turning every shade of red imaginable is one of the most wonderful things about autumn and what better place to enjoy this natural spectacle than in one of Yorkshires arboretums. Visit Thorp Perrow, home to some of the largest and rarest trees in England. Or explore the rolling estate of the historic Castle Howard and 120 acres of stunning foliage. Here you can wander the halls of the great house before getting lost in the beauty of its surroundings.

Enjoy the acres of spectacular autumn colours in hundreds of acres of beautiful woodland. Explore nature and tree trails or take a walk to learn about the tree and plant collections, wildflowers and meadows.