Cos I bloody love Yorkshire

All eyes were on Yorkshire again last weekend as the Tour de Yorkshire came back for a third time showcasing the very best cyclists and of course the very best county <3 I therefore thought I’d share with you two of my favourite places to go in Yorkshire that I visited the same weekend.

A legacy from the Tour de France in 2014, the Tour de Yorkshire is a three day cycling stage race organised by Welcome to Yorkshire and the Amaury Sport Organisation who are the brains behind the Tour de France – you might have heard of it…. Last year I had the pleasure of watching the race pass us by from the comfort of my friend Isobel’s garden along with prosecco in hand.  This year, we had the delight of prosecco in our very own suite at Betty’s in Harrogate for her hen do!

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Betty’s is somewhat of a Yorkshire institute and has to be in your top list of places to visit when you’re here. Established in 1919, there are now six cafe tea rooms serving the most delicious selection of cakes, chocolate, biscuits and more. I highly recommend their mince pies at Christmas!

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We indulged in the Lady Betty’s afternoon tea with sandwiches, the most delicious scones I think I’ve ever tasted and of course some miniature cakes to finish.

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Perfectly positioned for the finish line we had a fantastic view but in all the excitement I massively failed at capturing any photos. Still, got to see Lizzie ABSOLUTELY smash it which was amazing to see! Fantastic to see so many people out for the women’s race too 🙂 Wonder what the route will be next year!

After a miserable start on bank holiday Monday the sun finally came out and both Matt & I decided to make the most of it with a trip to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park as the rain ruined this plan on my birthday.

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YSP , located about a 15 minutes drive out of Wakefield, covers 500 acres of beautiful scenery showcasing the very best in sculpture art from around the world. Not only a wonderful place to see art it’s a great place to explore with family, friends and dogs – with paths offering wonderful views. There’s also a restaurant serving both hot food and cake so you can treat yourself after a walk.

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The park has this incredible quality of being both extremely peaceful but also powerful with the sculptures defining the landscape.

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The park features original iconic art pieces and we were lucky enough to see new exhibitions from Tony Cragg and Zak Ove in addition to works by Henry Moore.

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The park is part of the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle which also includes the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds City Centre and of course the Hepworth in Wakefield – both of which I highly recommend visiting along with YSP.

Just look at how beautiful it is…

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Don’t just take my word for it, go see it yourself 🙂

Where do you love in Yorkshire?

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