Up North - Lancashire vs. Yorkshire

Up North - Lancashire vs. Yorkshire

Gorgeous countryside with rolling hills, English pubs serving delicious beers, the Three Peaks #hike, a visit to some of my childhood favourites; Peter Rabbit, the Pendle Witches, confusing mazes and winding labyrinths. All of these things (and more) make the north of #England the perfect place for a #family holiday. Come up here and explore.


Living in France, people always presume that I am from London. NOOOOOOOO. Not that I have anything against London, quite the contrary, but one thing you should know about England, is that it is split into two; the North and the South. Northern monkeys vs. Southern fairies. I am therefore a Northern monkey, and proud. So, it thereby follows that I have more to recommend in England, than just London. So here are a few of my recommendations.

Having lived on the edge of Lancashire and Yorkshire, I will have to commit another faux-pas and mix the two together. (Historically, The Wars of the Roses (1455 and 1487) were a series of dynastic wars for the throne of England, which took place between Yorkshire (white rose) and Lancashire (red rose), as with all counties an element of county banter and competition will remain).

Yorkshire and Lancashire are counties in the north of England, known for their Roman and Viking heritage, their miles of green fields and of course, the Three Peaks.

Picturesque
Picturesque

Three Peaks Challenge

The Three Peaks Challenge involves taking on the peaks of Pen-y-ghent (694 m or 2,277 ft), Whernside (736 m or 2,415 ft) and Ingleborough (723 m or 2,372 ft), usually in this order, and in under 12 hours. These peaks form part of the Pennine range. 

If you are not up to the challenge, then you can walk one of them, though if very, very active, you can even run or cycle them. 

Ingleborough in December, working off Christmas lunch
Ingleborough in December, working off Christmas lunch

Malham Cove

Malham Cove is a natural limestone formation 1 km north of the village of Malham, North Yorkshire, England. A well-known beauty spot, it is a large, curved limestone cliff at the head of a valley, with a limestone pavement at the top. A great place for a walk, picnic and a paddle if your toes are up for it! For Harry Potter fans, it also features in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Janet Foss - waterfall; Nearby there is also a waterfall (Janet Foss), also in Malham.  

Gaping Gill- cave

For the more adventurous, gaping gill is a natural cave in North Yorkshire. My grandad used to go potholing here, though unfortunately I have not yet. It is located on the southern slopes of Ingleborough; a 98 metre pothole with the stream Fell Beck flowing into it and is one of the largest underground chambers in Britain.

For further information; Craven Pothole ClubThey operate twice a year.

The Forbidden Corner

If you have families/children in tow, then I would recommend taking them to the Forbidden Corner which is in Leyburn, North Yorkshire. 

It is a labyrinth of tunnels and chambers with an amazing garden, stepping stones, ponds, tricks and turns up its sleeve. Fun for all ages.

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Forbidden Corner Tour

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 Forbidden Corner, Coverham, United Kingdom
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Pendle Witches

If Halloween is approaching then you should take the 'Pendle Witch trail.' 

The trials of the Pendle witches (1612) are among the most renowned in English history. 

Pendle is a borough of Lancashire.

Peter Rabbit - The Lake District

If you are planning on exploring the region further (especially with young children), then head over to Bowness-on-Windemere in Cumbria, Lancashire to see the charming world of Beatrix Potter.

Summer School

Something else which I am often asked about, is British education. After working on Giggleswick School's Summer School, for several summers, this could be of interest if your children are at home bored at the start of Summer (For young people 7-11 & 11-15). Situated in the Yorkshire Dales, surrounded by lots and lots and lots of green fields, it is a great place for sports. The Summer School offers various courses including art, tennis, hockey, golf, cricket, and cultural tours (this is how I discovered The Forbidden Corner).

from  $344

Summer School

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 North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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It is a boarding school (with day students too); you can therefore have a 'boarding taster' if you (your children) choose to stay over.

Devil's Bridge

This bridge, near to Kirby Lonsdale, Lancashire, dates from around 1370, and is apparently popular with scuba divers because of the relatively easy access to deep rock pools (about 16 feet / 5 metres during a low swell) and good visibility (the River Lune). 

Though personally it amuses me the most as being a biker's (motor bikers) congregational lunch spot.

Tunstall Church (St John the Baptist's Church)

St John the Baptist's Church is located to the northeast of the village of Tunstall, Lancashire, England and is very picturesque.  In the 1820s it was attended regularly by the Brontë sisters. It is also near to Cowan Bridge, where there is a school which was founded in the 1820s by the Rev. W. Carus Wilson, for the education of clergymen's daughters. Charlotte Bronte and her sisters were sent here in 1824, and her impressions of 'Lowood School' are recorded in Jane Eyre. It is small and picturesque and is in a lovely setting.

Accommodation

Harts Head Hotel - Giggleswick, Yorkshire (BD24 0BA)

I would recommend staying at the Harts Head Hotel in Settle, North Yorkshire (5 mins from the A65), as it is a great base for you to set off on the Three Peaks Challenge. It is a cosy and traditional, with a log fire, pub quiz and real ale brewed in the region.

Make sure you stay for a full Sunday Roast complete with Yorkshire puddings.

NB: The Harts Head is regularly recommended in the Good Beer Guide.

from  $121

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 Belle Hill, Giggleswick, Settle, United Kingdom
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The Fleece Inn  - Dolphinholme, Lancashire (LA2 9AQ)

I stayed here in September 2015, and it was lovely and cosy, the bed was huge. The Fleece Inn's menu uses all local produce. (Though they are closed on Monday and Tuesdays).

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Here is the Telegraphs link of British Food to try (not sure I would have the same, but it is interesting). A little warning, 'Marmite' is a love it / hate if food even in the UK.

Lancashire
Lancashire

Other Information

Should you plan on touring other areas of the UK, I would recommend watching this (accent guide).

Britain is also famous for its humour, you can see that too in its choice of place names, (when we moved to 'Giggleswick,' near to places like 'Wigglesworth' and 'Settle,' I took some persuading that it was not my parent's sense of humour and they did exist).

Bashful Alley, Lancaster
Bashful Alley, Lancaster

Bring walking boots and waterproofs...just in case! Dales weather.

Transport

Compared to France, for example, taxis are very cheap, but buses (the cheapest buses are the National Express) and trains are less so. 

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