Valentines Day in Yorkshire is a unique experience and there can be few better places to celebrate. From a romantic walk through stunning countryside made famous through the writings of many authors, to dining at some of the UK’s best restaurants (with Yorkshire produce!), there is something to suit all tastes.

Not sure what your choice would be?  We’ve put together our handy guide to Valentine’s Day in Yorkshire. You’ll find all of these attractions within easy reach of our North Yorkshire holiday lodges – so get out and explore with your loved one!

Food and drink

Thanks to some great independent local businesses, Easingwold is becoming known as a destination for food and drink enthusiasts. Why not while away an afternoon finding out the secrets behind its success by wandering the streets of this charming North Yorkshire village which is only 10 miles from our front gate?  Just make sure you have plenty of space in the boot for all the goodies you’ll want to bring back! Try Dooleys of Easingwold, Fine Foods of Yorkshire, and TeaHee for starters – or discover your own favourites around the streets.

If you’re planning a meal out, there are two restaurants you simply must try. The Star Inn at Harome, around 15 miles from Abbots Green, is well known far beyond the local areas and has a Michelin star and a most welcoming bar!  Meanwhile, The Yorke Arms at Ramsgill – also boasting a Michelin star – has an outstanding reputation for fine dining and is around 30 miles away.

If you prefer delicious drinks to fine dining then try Yorkshire Heart Vineyard. It’s just outside York, around 25 miles from Abbots Green, and offers vineyard tours and tastings from just £20. The wines are delicious too – after all, they come from grapes grown in the rich Yorkshire soil and nourished by the brilliant Yorkshire weather!

 

The Great Outdoors

One of the most beautiful natural attractions in our area is the stunning Aysgarth falls, on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. The River Ure steadily tumbles down the limestone steps creating three waterfalls, surrounded by beautiful woodland which is filled with wildlife. Try the short walk suggested by the Yorkshire Dales National Park – click here.

If you like to be outside but aren’t one for walking, a visit to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway is ideal. Enjoy the views from the historic steam trains, and make sure you stop off at stations along the route to enjoy the shops and cafes in the villages.

 

Action and adventure

Burn off some steam with a bike ride through Dalby Forest, less than an hour away from Abbots Green. There are numerous suggested routes to suit all levels, but each enjoys the best of the woodland and peaceful surroundings.

Alternatively, take a trip to Log Heights in Ripley where you can get a different perspective: swing through the trees on ropes and view the woodland from above.

At How Stean Gorge – around 45 minutes away – you’ll have chance to try your hand at abseiling, gorge scrambling and all manner of other activities. The setting is stunning, with a natural gorge in Nidderdale housing this outdoor adventure centre, and there’s even a cafe for a cup of tea when you’ve finished.

 

Relax and unwind

Finally, if Valentine’s Day is the perfect time for you to relax, you’ll find plenty of options around Abbots Green.

Call in at Harrogate’s historic Turkish Baths, which have been offering rejuvenation treatments for than a century. Book a treatment, or simply enjoy the warmth of the chambers and the refreshment of the plunge pool.

No trip to Yorkshire is complete without afternoon tea at Bettys. There are branches in York, Northallerton and Ilkley, but it’s the flagship Harrogate branch on Parliament Street that is most famous. Its afternoon tea is traditional, just as the service, and the experience is one to savour.

The double treatment room at the Feversham Arms spa is perfect for couples. Along with the aromatherapy and steam rooms, monsoon shower, and outdoor heated pool and hot tub, the spa will keep you occupied – and relaxed – all day.

 

Whatever you’re up to this 14th February, make sure you celebrate Valentine’s Day in Yorkshire. There’s nowhere more romantic – whatever you want to do!

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