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Earlier this month, the Lonely Planet crowned Yorkshire one of the top 3 regions to visit in the world, fighting off stiff competition from stunning locations in China, New Zealand and Tonga for the honour. Their new Best in Travel 2014 publication has recently been released and lists Yorkshire as the third best region to visit in the world, behind Sikkim, India and Kimberley, Australia. This follows on from Yorkshire’s recent success at the World Travel Awards in September, where it beat the likes of London, Paris and Rome to the title of Europe’s Leading Destination.  Here at Sykes Cottages, we’re not surprised by the Lonely Planet’s choice as we’ve always known that Yorkshire was worthy of such an accolade, having proven itself to be one of our most popular destinations year on year.

Yorkshire, fondly dubbed by locals as ‘God’s Own County’, has it all- from spectacularly rugged coastline to rolling countryside and picture-perfect villages to cosmopolitan cities. Below, we’ve listed just some of the reasons why we think Yorkshire is great.

Yorkshire Food

Yorkshire Pudding

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Yorkshire has a celebrated food culture with an abundance of farmer’s markets, specialist delis and traditional local produce. Let’s not forget the delicious Yorkshire Pudding, sweet ginger Parkin cake, crumbly Wensleydale cheese and more recently, Yorkshire has become known for being home to some of the best curry houses in the country. Now to top it all off, you don’t need to head to the capital to sample the most acclaimed culinary delights in the UK as Yorkshire boasts five Michelin star restaurants, making it the region with the most Michelin stars outside of London. If you fancy indulging in a foodie break in the North of England, why not book one of our Yorkshire holiday cottages and get tucking in!

The Great Outdoors

The Yorkshire Dales

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If you’re looking for a holiday where you can enjoy some outdoor adventures then there really is no better place than Yorkshire. Walking enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice as they debate between hikes in the Pennines, strolls along the coastline or rambles along National Trails. Cyclists can take on the challenge of the Cragg Vale Incline which is the longest unbroken ascent of road in England. Rising over 968 feet with an average gradient of 3.4%, the route starts in Mytholmroyd and runs for five and a half miles to Blackstone Edge Reservoir. Or for the even more adventurous, a less well known outdoor pastime in Yorkshire is surfing. Scarborough is a common choice for surfers and is ideal for beginners whilst Cayton Bay is a popular spot for more experienced surfers. The waves are at their biggest during winter whilst autumn is considered to be the best time for beginners as the beaches are less crowded and the sea is not too cold.

Yorkshire Sport

Yorkshire Athlete

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As a result of the London 2012 Olympics, Yorkshire has stepped into the spotlight as one of the country’s most talented counties for sports. During the Olympics, athletes from Yorkshire racked up an impressive 12 medals including 7 golds, which was more than entire countries such as Spain and Brazil managed in total. In fact if Yorkshire was an independent country, it would have finished in 12th place in the table. The White Rose County is also currently playing host to 7 of the Rugby League World Cup games with the last Yorkshire game due to take place on 15th November.

With so much to do and see, it’s impossible for us to do Yorkshire justice in one blog post. I suggest that you pack your bags and head to God’s Own Country to experience it for yourself.

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