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This fine county of Yorkshire

Red barn, YorkshireAugust 1 is 'Yorkshire Day' – and time to celebrate the rich traditional culture and diverse heritage of this great county. But don't think it's all about whippets and flat caps, far from it! A host of exciting events and activities are being staged over three days at the weekend at many venues across Yorkshire, including some of the county's most popular attractions: Jorvik and The National Railway Museum in York, The Deep in Hull, The Royal Armouries in Leeds and Haworth, home of the Brontes.

The idea started in 1974 as a protest against Government reorganization of county boundaries and has grown year on year, the main aim being to raise money for a variety of worthy causes across the county including the air ambulance, cancer research and a number of children's groups.

Picturesque Runswick Bay, YorkshireI suppose we're somewhat biased as our offices are only a few miles outside York in the picturesque countryside of the Howardian Hills near Castle Howard. The majority of our members of staff are local, too, and we're naturally proud of living and working in the largest (and best?) county in England.

Because of its size and geographic location, Yorkshire boasts some of the finest scenery in the country, from the gentle Wolds in the south to the more rugged, heather-clad moors in the north; and from pretty fishing villages in quiet coves on the North Sea coast in the east, to the magnificent limestone Yorkshire Dales and gritstone Pennines in the west.

Flowers, YorkshireIn fact, it may come as a surprise to many people actually how lush and green the county is. Yes, there are moors, but these are not dark, gloomy places, but uplifting landscapes ablaze with purple heather in the summer and home to a wonderful array of wildlife. There are also golden beaches and imposing cliffs on a fascinating coast of traditional seaside towns and secluded coves; glistening limestone pavements; shady woodland and deep forests, and flower-filled meadows that are a joy to behold.

It's no surprise then that two of our UK short walking breaks are here in Yorkshire, one on our doorstep in the North York Moors National Park, the other in the heart of the dales, linking beautiful Wensleydale and wild, atmospheric Swaledale.

We think Yorkshire is a wonderful place to live, to work and to walk, but you may have different views. Tell us about your county, where you like to walk and where you'd like to see Inntravel organizing a short walking holiday. We're always happy to listen to your ideas and suggestions...

The lush and green county of Yorkshire

Posted: 31/07/2010 14:31:25 by | with 0 comments
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