England's North East contains some of the country's biggest historic and natural attractions. Romans, Vikings and Normans all left their mark, as has the Industrial Revolution. Yorkshire is a region in itself, with a people proud to be English, but even prouder to be from Yorkshire! It has vast stretches of unspoiled countryside in the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors, and the historic city of York. Northumberland and Durham have plenty of heritage sights such as Hadrian's wall, built in AD122 to mark the Roman Empire's northern frontier. Durham Cathedral and Castle, is one of the finest examples of Norman architecture in the world.The Solitude of the North
From the earliest days of Christianity in this country, the remote and wild north-east landscape has attracted hermits and monastic communities to this area. Set amongst the wooded hills of North Yorkshire, with the River Rye curving around it, the substantial remains of Rievaulx Abbey are amazing. Fountains Abbey is flanked by two vast expanses of lawn with awe inspiring cliff faces to either side and the river Skell running through the valley and under the Abbey. In 635AD St. Aidan came from Iona and chose to found his monastery at Lindisfarne on Holy Island. Its tranquillity, spirituality and scenic beauty attracts a multitude of visitors to its shores every year.
Both Leeds and Newcastle have a great reputation for style with some great shopping and nightlife. Leeds is a shopaholic's dream – from the elegant Corn Exchange, to the superb Victoria Quarter, and the lively Kirkgate Market, whilst Newcastle caters for every taste offering visitors wonderful food, the opportunity to relax in pavement cafes, traditional pubs and some of the best clubbing around. Both cities offer live music and theatre with galleries and museums abound.
Historic Cities and Spa Towns
York resonates with history with every step you take, first with the Romans, followed by the Vikings, with the architectural gem that is the minster at its heart.
Durham's importance as capital of the ancient Kingdom of Northumbria has been reflected in its cathedral and castle being declared a world heritage site.
Now home to the most famous English tea rooms in the country, many years ago the discovery of spring waters turned a small village into the bustling spa town that Harrogate is today.
Down dale and up moor
The landscape of the Yorkshire Dales is made up of lush green valleys and white limestone cliffs. Fields and pastures are bordered by the characteristic white dry stone walls. Small villages such as Kettlewell and Malham bring charm and character, the small market town of Settle is the boarding point for England's most scenic railway. The North York Moors are distinguished by the rolling hills ablaze with purple heather in late summer and green valleys with streams and acres of forest take you from York all the way to the beautiful coastline at Robin Hood's Bay and Whitby, where you can get some great fish and chips!
By Ruth Lancey
Date: 2018-01-16 17:59:42