8 Reasons Everyone Needs A Trip To Yorkshire

Recently I took a trip to THE NORTH. By the north I mean the north of England and more specifically the lovely county of Yorkshire. If you’ve never been to Yorkshire then you may have this image in your head of an area like a barren wasteland, with nothing but cows, freezing cold temperatures and gravy drinking-Yorkshire Pudding throwing maniacs.

Well, as a former northern dweller I am here to tell you that this is most certainly rubbish… there’s no way we would waste a Yorkshire Pudding like that!

To me Yorkshire is home. It is comfort, it is delicious food and it is friendly hello’s. Although I no longer live in this lovely county, I still take trips there at least once a year to enjoy the areas bustling cities, majestic coastal towns and vibrant rolling hills.

Perhaps I’m being biased but I believe that everyone needs to take a trip to this northern gem, if not just for the beautiful countryside, then at the very least for the food!!

So, if you’ve never been or need some inspiration for your next break, then here are my 8 convincing reasons to grab your jumpers and get yourself to Yorkshire:

1. The North York Moors


A picturesque national park located in North-East Yorkshire, The North York Moors is an area comprising of over 1,400 miles of stunning natural beauty. Renowned for having vast landscapes of heather moorland, it is a fantastic place to spot wildlife such as roe deer and for those with a keen eye, the occasional secretive badger.

2. Yorkshire Tea


The tea of all teas, nothing beats a Yorkshire brew and where better to have it than in the county itself! I recommend grabbing a cup at one of the many cosy cafes or tearooms, the most famous of all being Yorkshire’s treasured Betty’s. A family run business established way back in 1919, there are 6 Betty’s Tea Rooms to choose from in Yorkshire, with my absolute favourite being York’s. This grand tea room is fantastically placed in the city centre and serves the most mouth-wateringly delicious cakes to go with your tea.

3. Whitby


Whitby has to be one of my favourite places in the world. Imagine walking down a cobbled street, lined with knick-knack stores selling Whitby Jet and handmade soaps, then turning a corner and to the sight of a tranquil bay and catching the delicious aroma of Whitby’s famous scampi. Heaven. On top of the cliff overlooking the North Sea stands the remains of Whitby Abbey, an ancient landmark dating back to 657 AD. The gothic architecture is known to have inspired Bram Stokers iconic novel Dracula and taking a visit up to the Abbey or a thrilling ghost walk around the town will certainly demonstrate why.

4. Friendly Folk


Wandering down a street in Yorkshire don’t be surprised to have a few friendly smiles and hello’s thrown your way, or when entering a shop the odd “alright there pet?” and “thanks love!” from the staff inside. No, you’re not being robbed or hit on (well maybe) or mistaken for someone they know, Yorkshire folk and just incredibly friendly and love a good chat! Take my Grandad for example, by the time he’d popped down to the seafront to buy a 99, he would have made 3 best friends and learnt someone’s life story by the time he got home 30 minutes later!

5. York


Oh York. If I had to pick somewhere to live in Yorkshire, York would be number one on my list. Riddled with rich history and culture, there are hundreds of historic buildings, museums, fun attractions and sights to see. Take a walk around the ancient Roman City Walls that hug the city, delve into the past at the Jorvik Viking Centre, or marvel at the grandeur of York Minster. If this isn’t enough then take a beautiful cruise down the River Ouse that glides through the city, or munch away at a gluten-free muffin in one of the many cosy, hipster coffee shops. A must-see is The Shambles, which famously influenced J.K.Rowling’s Diagon Alley and now has it’s own Harry Potter-themed shops. You really do feel like a wizard or witch as you walk the area’s crooked streets (especially when you buy a wand, oops!).

6. The Coast


Yorkshire has so many gorgeous coastal areas. Although the sea may be bloody freezing, it is actually possible to go swimming in it… I’ve tried! Just head there in the summer months or grab yourself a wetsuit, mmm refreshing! If staying dry is more up your street then take a lovely walk on the beach, or sit sipping a nice cup of tea overlooking the crashing waves. Some of the most popular spots on the coast have to be:

Scarborough, known as one of the first ‘seaside resorts’, Robin Hoods Bay, a fantastic spot for picnics and crabbing, and of course Whitby. There is also Bridlington (where I grew up!), with its charming Old Town and picturesque Flamborough Cliffs.


7. The Food


Er..hello. Yorkshire Pudding and Fish and Chips?! What more do I have to say? Oh yeh gravy, just put it on everything. Fact.

Best for Fish and Chips: Quayside (Whitby)

Best for Chocolate Brownies: Milner’s Bakery (Bridlington)

Best for Michelin-Star: Burlington Restaurant (Bolton Abbey)

Best for Pub Food: The Star Inn (Helmsley)

8. Family Fun


The county has a wonder of attractions and events for the whole family. I remember having many day trips out and about as a kid, exploring grand stately homes such as Castle Howard and having picnics at Burton Agnes. You’ll find too, organised events and activities often held across the county, such as Vintage Fairs and Haunted Tours.

Yorkshire is also home to some amazing wilderness. Head off on farm visits and bird spotting, national parks and whale watching, whatever it is just take a camera and get outdoors, who knows what you might spot…





J x

7 Reasons To Put Banff On Your Bucket List

Banff National Park in Alberta has to be one of the most beautiful places in the world. Sparkling lakes, dramatic mountains, rolling hills of pine trees, wildflower and waterfalls, not to mention it’s rich wildlife. Established as a national park in 1885 it is Canada’s oldest national park and attracts millions of visitors every year.

Although I could think of a million, here are 7 reasons why you just have to put Banff on your bucket list:

1. The Mountains


The sheer beauty and magnificence of the mountains have been capturing the hearts of travellers since the dawn of time and the Canadian Rockies showcase some of the best in the world. Banff town is situated amidst Mt. Rundle, Cascade Mountain, Sulphur Mountain and Mount Norquey, so no matter where you look your eyes are soon greeted by magnificent snow kissed peaks. Waking up and opening your curtains to these kind of views surely never gets old.

2. The Wildlife


Unfortunately I didn’t get to spot any in my brief time here, but Banff National Park is abundant with wildlife! It has 53 species of mammals roaming it’s green forests, with deer being know to wander right into town and surprise drunken  backpackers on their way back home!

If you keep your eyes peeled on the drive from Banff up to Lake Louise, this is meant to be a good time to spot animals such as deer, elk and even bears and moose. To reduce animal fatalities on this busy highway they have put a fence all along it, with animal overpasses and underpasses. These animal crossings allows the wildlife to cross safely and roam free. Clever right!

3. Lake Louise


By far one of the greatest attractions of Banff National Park. Lake Louise is that place on all the Canadian Rockies postcards. You know the one of the magical emerald lake, overshadowed by great snowy mountain peeks? Unreal. Except of course this time of year it’s all frozen over! The frozen lake however brings it’s own enchanting beauty, you can walk on it!


Walking across the lake really is an amazingly unique experience. I went from one side to the other and the whole time was in such awe of the mighty surroundings of the mountains. Towards the far side of the lake, on the right hand side, there is a spectacular frozen waterfall. You can spot a few ice climbers clambering up its emerald face and just stand and take in all of nature’s wonder.


TIP: If you’re by a water hole, have a spare bottle of water and a handy Australian nearby who doesn’t mind standing on thin ice, then grab yourself some Lake Louise water for the finest, freshest drink imaginable! 💙

4. The People


Banff is very much a tourist and a party town. Backpackers, weekend trippers, winter sports enthusiasts and the odd local all mingle together in a bustling hub of enjoyment. Whether it be a quiet few down the Irish Bar, cheap beer at your hostel wateringhole or a night of boogying at the Dancing Sasquach, there’s something for everyone here.

Due to Banff being greatly targeted at tourists, the hostels, tour groups and skii trips are filled with travellers all year round and a great place to chat and meet people from all over the world. Well when I say all over the world… I mean Australia, you guys were everywhere! 😂

5. The History


As Canada’s oldest national park, Banff has a rich history of how it was first found and explored, as well as its development and battles with protecting it’s unique nature. If you take any of the tours (I used Discover Banff) then the guides are very informative about this kind of history.

6. The Outdoor Sports


This is the big one. Visitors arrive in flocks during the winter season to make the most of the mountains skii and snowboarding season. Lake Louise Skii Hill is a particular popular area, with views overlooking the lake and buses leaving regularly from the town.

Aside from skiing and boarding, you can also try dog sledding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, hiking, ice climbing, ice skating and more. During the summer kayaking, canoeing, fishing, golf and more hiking trails all open up to enjoy.

7. The Hot Springs


The closest hot springs to Banff are the popular Banff Upper Hot Springs. If you’re coming from the centre of town these heated pools are just a quick drive from Banff Avenue, hop on the 1 Roam bus toward Sulphur Mountain if you don’t have a car.

In the daytime there is a lovely view across to Mount Rundle and in the evening it’s a good way to ease those achey muscles after an adventurous day.

So there you have it, 7 pretty good reasons to grab that bag and get yourself to Banff! It certainly doesn’t disappoint I promise. 😊🗻🌲

J x