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Discover the Magic of Autumn: Top 10 Must-Do Activities in North Yorkshire

Posted: 24th August 2023
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Autumn in North Yorkshire is a time of captivating beauty and diverse experiences.

As the leaves turn vibrant shades of red and gold, the county comes alive with a plethora of activities for all to enjoy. From historic landmarks to breathtaking natural wonders, there's something for everyone to relish this season. Here are the top 10 things to do in North Yorkshire this autumn, as well as our top favourite places to eat and charming accommodation to stay in the Yorkshire Dales.

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Skipton Castle: A Glimpse into the Past

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Over 900 years old, Skipton Castle is one of North Yorkshire's oldest buildings.

Visitors can explore the complete and well preserved medieval castle which withstood a three year siege during the Civil War. With its medieval charm and remarkable architecture, this historic fortress offers a journey through centuries of history. Explore the castle's intricately designed rooms, towers and dungeons, and immerse yourself in the stories of its past inhabitants.

After you've explored every corner of this spectacular history-rich castle you can enjoy a lovely walk through the castle woods. Here you'll find well over 160 flowering plants, trees, grasses, sedges and ferns as well as a wonderful selection of wildlife.

What's more is it's just a 20 minute drive from Long Ashes Park, so no need to spend a long time travelling!

Skipton Market: A Shopper's Paradise

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Experience the vibrant energy of Skipton Market, where you can find an array of local produce, handmade crafts and unique treasures.

Skipton Market is an outdoor market which operates every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in the vibrant and historical town of Skipton, North Yorkshire. The roots of the market can be traced all the way back to medieval times, when a Royal Charter from King John granted consent for the Lord of Skipton Castle to hold a fair on Skipton High Street.

The market offers a great opportunity to dive into the local traditions, whilst being able to view, try and buy all the handmade produce, both local to Yorkshire and with variations through the seasons.

From fresh seasonal fruits to handmade textiles, the market is a perfect place to embrace the local culture and take home a piece of North Yorkshire, just a 20 minute car journey from Long Ashes Park in Threshfield, North Yorkshire.

Skipton Boat Trips: Serenity on the Water

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After almost 30 years of offering unique boat experiences, Skipton Boat Trips know how to make your day perfect.

Cruise along tranquil waterways with your friends and family, enjoying the picturesque landscapes as you navigate the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. This leisurely experience allows you to soak in the beauty of the autumn foliage while relaxing on the water.

With the nights becoming darker and the days shorter, Skipton Boat Trips' Afternoon Tea Cruise is an enjoyable activity for couples, small groups and large parties, to celebrate all kinds of occasions.

A cruise along the canal with a hot roast dinner or a ploughman's lunch on a cold crisp day can't be beaten, especially when you can find all this just 20 minutes from Long Ashes holiday park.

Thornton Hall Country Park: Family Fun Amidst Nature

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From pumpkin picking to hayrides, this park offers a wide range of autumn themed activities.

For a day filled with family friendly activities, head to Thornton Hall Country Park. Kids and adults alike can enjoy the fresh air, scenic views and interactive farm experiences.

If you want to get into the spooky spirit this October, Thornton Hall Farm will be hosting a picturesque pumpkin picking day alongside a Toddler Halloween Party and a Spectacular Spooks Night. Just what you need to get into the Halloween mood!

Thornton Hall Country Park offers a variety of experiences and activities for all ages to enjoy, making it a perfect family day out with plenty of exciting ways to get the children engaged and active in nature. You'll find this scenic country park just a half an hour's drive from Long Ashes Park.

Stump Cross Caverns: Unveil Subterranean Wonders

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Fancy a unique and magical day out? Explore the hidden depths of North Yorkshire at Stump Cross Caverns.

A visit to Stump Cross Caverns is more than a family day out; it's a voyage back in time - you'll be transported to whole new world where the air seems a little cooler, your voice echoes against the damp walls and you feel the adventure awaiting, in a forgotten age long before humans or even dinosaurs roamed the Earth.

Venture underground to discover stunning limestone formations, underground waterfalls and mystical caverns, as well as fossil quizzes, an enchanting search for fairy doors and a magical UV experience.

This unique attraction offers an otherworldly day out that's sure to leave a lasting impression, and with just over a 15 minute drive from Long Ashes Park, why not give it a go?

Skipton Golf Course: Tee Off Amidst Autumn Beauty

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Nestled among the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, the fairway is an absolute delight to play.

Golf enthusiasts can tee off against a backdrop of breathtaking autumn landscapes at Skipton Golf Course. With its challenging fairways and sweeping views, this course provides a memorable golfing experience amidst the changing colours of the season, when the surroundings begin to change from green to amber and gold.

The 18 hole course ranges from straight drives and elevated tee shots to multiple fairway slopes and water holes. Skipton Golf Course has a superb reputation for welcoming visitors to their club, whether you're a casual golfer or taking part in a large corporate event.

It's also a perfect eccuse to enjoy everything from a bar snack to a three course meal or Sunday lunch in the delightful setting of the on site Kestrel Cafe and Bar.

Aysgarth Falls: Nature's Breathtaking Display

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The three stepped waterfalls at Aysgarth have been a much loved tourist attraction for over 200 years.

Wordsworth visited them, Turner sketched them. More recently they provided a dramatic setting for a scene from the Hollywood movie Robin Hood Prince of Thieves!

Embark on a journey to witness the captivating Aysgarth Falls, a series of waterfalls nestled in the Yorkshire Dales. The autumn season adds a touch of enchantment to the surroundings, creating a mesmerising spectacle that's perfect for hikers, photographers and nature lovers.

You'll find the awe inspiring Aysgarth Falls a just 40 minute drive from Long Ashes Park.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden: Historic Elegance

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Explore the meticulously landscaped gardens, ancient ruins and serene water features.

Immerse yourself in the beauty of Fountains Abbey and the enchanting Studley Royal Water Garden on the edge of Harrogate. The combination of history and nature makes this UNESCO World Heritage Site a must visit destination, particularly in the picturesque season of autumn when the gardens transform into a kaleidoscope of red and gold.

From humble beginnings, the atmospheric Fountains Abbey was established by devout monks seeking a simpler existence. The ruins that remain are a window into a way of life which shaped the medieval world. When John Aislabie inherited Studley Royal in 1693, he set about creating an elegant water garden of mirror like ponds, statues and follies, incorporating the romantic abbey ruins into his design.

Green lawns stretch down to the riverside, a perfect spot for a picnic. Riverside paths lead to the deer park, home to Red, Fallow and Sika deer and ancient trees. You'll find all this just under a 45 minute drive from Long Ashes Park.

Bolton Castle: Majesty and Grandeur

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Uncover the grandeur of Bolton Castle, an impressive medieval stronghold with a rich history.

Bolton Castle is an impressive medieval gem located in Wensleydale, North Yorkshire, around a 50 minute drive from Long Ashes Park. Built between 1378 and 1396, it is one of the best preserved medieval castles in the country, built by Sir Richard le Scrope who was Lord Chancellor of England during the reign of Richard II, and is still owned by a direct descendent of Lord Bolton today!

Bolton Castle’s most famous resident was Mary Queen of Scots, who was held in custody there in 1568. The castle now provides a great day out for the whole family, where you can roam through its well preserved rooms, discover tales of its former residents and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding countryside from its battlements, which are especially beautiful in the crisp autumn months. Gain a real insight into medieval life, enjoy a falconry display and even try your hand at archery.

Yorkshire's National Parks: Embrace the Outdoors

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Embrace the autumn air and explore the vast expanse of Yorkshire's spectacular landscape.

Whether you're hiking, cycling or simply enjoying a leisurely stroll, Yorkshire's diverse landscapes, including moors, woodlands and delightful heather covered hills, provide a stunning backdrop for outdoor adventures.

At Long Ashes Park you'll find yourself nestled in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and you can take an hour's drive over to the North York Moors National Park.

There's certainly no shortage of natural beauty in Yorkshire - that's why they call it God's Own Country!

Where to Eat in North Yorkshire this Autumn

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Yorkshire is not only renowned for its stunning landscapes and historical sites but also for its rich culinary heritage.

The region boasts a diverse range of traditional dishes and local ingredients that have contributed to Yorkshire's reputation as a food lover's paradise.

From Yorkshire pudding to Wensleydale cheese, a slice of traditional spiced parkin on a cold autumn night and a warming Yorkshire ale or beer, exploring Yorkshire's famous food is a delightful journey through tradition, flavour and a deep connection to the region's heritage. The food of Yorkshire is an integral part of its culture and an experience not to be missed.

The Gamekeeper's Inn

Threshfield, Yorkshire

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Once a gamekeeper's cottage for nearby Netherside Hall, The Gamekeeper's Inn is a charming traditional pub offering a warm and inviting atmosphere, along with a seasonal menu that showcases the best locally sourced ingredients.

Delight in hearty Yorkshire dishes, such as slow cooked meats and freshly caught fish prepared to perfection, or tuck into a speciality dish on Curry Night, Pie Night or Steak Night.

Woodland Cafe

Long Ashes Park, Threshfield

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Surrounded by beautiful scenery, the idyllic Woodland Café in Long Ashes Park provides a tranquil setting to savour delicious meals, great coffee, refreshing smoothies and traditional afternoon tea.

Woodland Cafe offers a delightful escape from the everyday. Catch up over a light lunch, savour some sweet treats or indulge in authentic Italian pizza and pasta with wine.

You'll find this gem within Long Ashes Leisure Club, conveniently placed to offer delightful dishes as part of indulgent spa day packages at Long Ashes Pure Spa.

Where to Stay in the Yorkshire Dales this Autumn

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Holidaying in the Yorkshire Dales during autumn offers a captivating blend of natural beauty, charming villages, and seasonal activities.

As the leaves change colour, the Dales transform into a picturesque landscape, making it an ideal time for a relaxing and immersive getaway. Autumn calls for cosy accommodations; many guesthouses, inns, lodges and cottages in the Dales provide a comfortable retreat where you can unwind after a day of exploration.

Luxury Lodges in the Yorkshire Dales

Long Ashes Park, Threshfield, North Yorkshire

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In the heart of the Wharfedale valley, Long Ashes Park is home to a selection of stylish woodland lodges, each with their own unique character, perfect for relaxing breaks with friends and family.

Each lodge features a fully equipped kitchen, comfortable bedrooms and living spaces, and a private outdoor decking to enjoy the summer weather.

Your stay includes full complimentary use of the on site Leisure Club which boasts a heated swimming pool, sauna, steam room, hot tub, air conditioned gym and the Woodland Cafe.

Breakfast at Woodland Cafe is available as an add on to your stay.

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The Gamekeeper's Inn, Threshfield, Yorkshire

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Traditional Yorkshire pub The Gamekeeper's Inn in Threshfield offers cosy corners, the best local ales and hearty homemade food, prepared with locally sourced ingredients prepared fresh by a talented team of chefs. Highlights include Alternative Afternoon Tea, their famous Sunday Lunch and Pie Night.

The Gamekeeper's Inn is also home to 11 beautifully designed en suite bedrooms, perfect for couples, friends and families to escape to the Yorkshire Dales.

Full complimentary use of the on site Leisure Club is included with your stay, so you can relax and unwind in the sauna, work out in the gym or go for a dip in the pool for no extra cost.

Woodland Glamping Pods

Long Ashes Park, Threshfield, North Yorkshire

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The Woodland Glamping Pods at Long Ashes Park are just perfect for a romantic escape to Yorkshire Dales this autumn.

These completely self contained, cleverly designed camping pods include a comfy double bed, sofa, bathroom, breakfast bar, outdoor seating and fully equipped kitchenette.

If you don't fancy cooking for yourself though, just around the corner you'll find The Gamekeeper's Inn, a welcoming Yorkshire pub serving hearty homemade food, or Woodland Cafe where you'll find delicious authentic pizza, pasta, light bites and sweet treats.

Breakfast at Woodland Cafe is available as an add on, and full use of the on site Leisure Club facilities is included with your stay.

Yorkshire Dales Self Catering Holiday Cottage

Long Ashes Park, Threshfield, North Yorkshire

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Netherside Barn is a quaint and traditional three bedroom house with stunning private surroundings and stylish interior design.

The house has three double bedrooms, two bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, a spacious living area, a cosy nook with bean bag chairs overlooking the autumnal scenery, and a large outside private patio, making this the perfect getaway for friends and families.

Make your stay even more luxurious and enjoy full use of the Leisure Club facilities on-site included with your stay.

And when you don't fancy cooking, you're just a minute's walk from delicious local pub grub at The Gamekeeper's Inn or pizza, pasta and light bites at the Woodland Cafe. Breakfast at the Woodland Cafe is available as an add on.

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As autumn paints North Yorkshire in an enchanting array of colours, the county beckons you to indulge in its rich history, natural wonders and seasonal delights. From ancient castles to serene outdoor experiences, there's no shortage of activities to make your autumn in North Yorkshire an unforgettable experience. So, pack your bags, embrace the crisp air and embark on an adventure to remember.

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