6 scenic Yorkshire attractions to make the most of the sunshine

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As the summer heatwave continues, everyone is eager to head outdoors and bask in the hot weather while it lasts.

And with Yorkshire set for a full weekend of glorious sunshine, here are a six scenic spots which are ideal for soaking up some rays.

Cool off with a dip in Ilkley Lido's outdoor pool

Cool off with a dip in Ilkley Lido's outdoor pool

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Gardens

This magnificent abbey in Ripon is ideal for walking and picnicking, with gardens, riverside paths and a deer park, as well as a quirky exhibition of four outlandish outdoor sculptures, which will remain on show until 4 November.

Visit: Fountains, Ripon, HG4 3DY - nationaltrust.org.uk

Ilkley Lido

Aysgarth Falls boasts impressive waterfalls and scenic woodland walks

Aysgarth Falls boasts impressive waterfalls and scenic woodland walks

Feeling the heat?

Why not cool off and take a dip at Ilkley Pool and Lido, where you can enjoy a spot of swimming in the outdoor pool, against the stunning backdrop of Ilkley Moor.

There's also an indoor pool to enjoy, along with tennis courts, a putting green, bowls and picnic areas.

Visit: Denton Road, Ilkley, LS29 0BZ - bradford.gov.uk

Aysgarth Falls

If you're keen to head outdoors this weekend, Aysgarth Falls provides the perfect location for a summer wander, with impressive waterfalls on the River Ure to see, along with scenic walking routes through the surrounding woods.

Visit: North Yorkshire, DL8 3SR

North Yorkshire Water Park

Situated in the woodland setting of Wykeham Lakes and backed by superb countryside views, visitors have a wealth of exciting attractions at their disposal, with everything from paddle boarding and kayaking, to pedal boats and wind surfing on offer.

Of course there's also a floating obstacle course to tackle, complete with climbing walls, trampolines, balance bars and slides.

Visit: Wykeham Lakes, Long Causeway Road, YO13 9QU - northyorkshirewaterpark.co.uk

Brimham Rocks

Let loose your inner adventurer and spend the day hiking and climbing your way around Brimham Rocks, which is home to a wealth of giant rock formations and moorland, and offers the most spectacular views over north Yorkshire.

Visit: Summerbridge, Harrogate, HG3 4DW - nationaltrust.org.uk

Bolton Abbey

As well as the impressive ruins of the priory, there are more than 80 miles of woodland and moorland footpaths to enjoy around Bolton Abbey - perfect for making the most of the sunshine.

And its idyllic location on the banks of the River Wharfe offers a beautiful spot to tuck into a picnic.

Visit: Skipton, BD23 6AL - boltonabbey.com