10 of the best destinations for a weekend escape not too far from Sheffield
Treating yourself to a refreshing break doesn't have to mean heading abroad.
From quaint market towns, to scenic valleys and countryside, there are a wealth of picturesque spots to visit within an hour or two of Sheffield, which are perfect for a peaceful weekend away.
Famed for being the home of the beloved television series, the Last of the Summer Wine, Holmfirth isn't short of iconic scenic spots to explore, and provides an idyllic location outdoor adventures in the vast rural landscape.
Surrounded by a stretch of towering white cliffs, Flamborough is one of Yorkshire’s most rugged and dramatic locations, and is a great spot for bird watching with the RSPB Nature Reserve close by where the likes of Puffins, Gannets and Kittiwakes can often be spotted.
Known as Yorkshire’s food capital thanks to its famous food festivals, monthly food markets and traditional food shops, Malton is a food lover's paradise.
Be sure to head off on the Malton Food Tour to taste the best of the burgeoning foodie scene, or head to the Malton Cookery School for some top tips in the kitchen.
Neslted at the heart of Wensleydale, this pretty market town is the perfect gateway into the Yorkshire Dales National Park and boasts a wealth of walking routes and stunning scenery just on its doorstep.
As well as the popular nearby Aysgarth Falls, there's also plenty of tea rooms, a delectable chocolate shop and an array of eateries to enjoy when you’re ready to give your legs a well-earned rest.
From cosy pubs and tea rooms, to the ruins of Byland Abbey and Rievaulx, to the dramatic castle overlooking the town, characterful Helmsley has plenty of entertainment to offer visitors.
With a rich history dating back to the Domesday Book, visitors can take a fascinating tour along the town's Heritage Trail, which takes in Bedale Hall and the 12th century St Gregory's church, or take a ride on the Wenselydale Railway which passes through 16 miles of picturesque countryside.
Flee the hustle and bustle and head for the calm of the seaside at Cleethorpes, where you can try your hand at a range of pursuits, including paddleboarding, kite surfing, crazy golf, or a leisurely wander along the four and a half mile stretch of golden sands.
Known as the cathedral city of the Yorkshire Dales, this quaint marjet town is rich in cultural heritage and boats a host of entertaining attractions, from the 7th century cathedral and nearby Fountains Abbey, to the charming medieval streets lined with shops and cafes.
Soak up some fresh sea air and enjoy a lazy day at Hornsea's Blue Flag beach, wander the shop and amusement lined promenade, or pay a visit to the award-winning Hornsea Folk Museum for an insight into some interesting local history.
Set on the edge of the North York Moors, Pickering is an ideal base for walking and cycling activities, with a wealth of mountain bike trails close by in Dalby Forest.
For something slower paced, hop aboard a steam engine at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and experience 24 miles of glorious scenery by train.