Things to do in the Yorkshire Dales

Yorkshire DalesMost people visit the Yorkshire Dales for a mixture of three closely-connected things; relaxation, escapism and self-indulgence. Whichever of these you’re looking for the Yorkshire Dales have plenty to offer.

Relaxation often comes in the form of spa treatments in the Yorkshire Dales. Many luxury hotels Yorkshire Dales wide are known for their hot tubs, steam rooms and spa areas. One of the best is the Woodhall Hotel & Spa, located far from the madding crowd and sharing space with only one other building, which just so happens to be inhabited by a silent order or nuns. Here, you can receive a huge variety of spa treatments including Elemis facials, deep tissue massages, aroma stone therapy, sculping cellulite and colon therapy, exotic frangipani body nourish wrap, pro-collagen eye treatment. The Woodhall Spa also offers beauty treatments such as eyelash tinting and eyebrow waxing as well as manicures. There are so many treatments to receive here you could easily spend a whole week being pampered.

Another great option is the Feversham Arms and Verbena Spa. Here, you can receive a wide variety of Elemis and Anne Sémonin treatments including facials, deep tissue and muscle massages, as well as coconut rubs and milk ritual wraps. All of this takes place in the beautiful and relaxing atmosphere of the Verbena Spa, where all of your cares and gently soothed away.

If it’s escapism you’re looking for, it’s a great idea to get as far away from civilization as possible, and luckily the Yorkshire Dales are the perfect place to do just this. A walk over the rugged moorland of the Bronte Country around Haworth can release your mind of all that urban stress and replenish your sense of freedom. If you’re going to be enjoying the great outdoors, it’s a good idea to choose a hotel or guest house that is located outside of the Dales’ villages and towns. If you choose a hotel in a town, you may find that you have to catch a bus to actually reach the freedom of the open moor, which really defeats the purpose of coming to Yorkshire. Instead, you could choose a farm B&B. There are plenty of these on offer in the Yorkshire Dales, and they are usually both very picturesque and very reasonably priced. Don’t think that you’ll have to forego the luxuries of town by staying in the countryside; many of these B&Bs come equipped with flat-screen TVs, mini gyms and hot tubs too.

For self-indulgence, there’s nothing better than some good hearty Yorkshire cuisine and a nice bottle of wine to bring out the epicure in anyone. The Gold Lion restaurant (which is also an inn) has a reputation as being far tastier than its unassuming exterior suggests, while the restaurant at the Old Deanery in Ripon has a mention in the Michelin Guide. For something a little special, try the afternoon champagne tea at Ashmount Country House. If you don’t feel like eating traditional British food then try the Norwegian Grill-Kota at Castle View Guest House, where you can also indulge in tapas and barbeque grill on certain nights.

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