Yorkshire is the largest county in England, and it has just about every kind of landscape that you can imagine. The cities and towns abound with tourists and activities; however, the true Yorkshire is best appreciated through walking tours of its rural areas. These small villages midst the green of the scenery are straight out of a Normal Rockwell painting or an Ansel Adams photograph. There are so many different habitats, that the abundance of nature mixed in with modern times is quite the oxymoron, but beautifully. There are several dales in the area, with a variety of contours through the rolling hills. Each dale is named after the river that passes by it, such as Wharfdale and Wensleydale.
To truly appreciate the vastness of this great destination, no holiday would be complete without a walking tour of the North York Moors. During August and September, the heather comes into season and creates a carpet of spectacular deep purple.
Farndale is nearby the moors and is famously known for its appeal in early springtime. There are wild daffodils that grow here, dotting the landscape with pristine yellows. These are also called lent lilies and are only found in certain parts of the country. In Farndale, these flowers grow in amazing abundance. Photo opportunities abound. Ask for the clifftop walk to nearby Whitby to be included in your tour.
A portion of the moors has been designated as a special site by scientists as it is a heath and is a breeding ground for many different types of birds. Reptiles can even be spotted here at different times of the year. At the tops of these mountainside cliffs, there are also other types of flowers that add such vibrancy to the scenery, with open sea in the background. Thousands of different types of birds call this area home and it is a breathtaking view when all mount the skies in unison. During breeding season, the noise of the birds can be quite deafening.
Your walking tour through the Yorkshire highlands will be a memory that will not soon fade.