Centred around a pond, the village of North Dalton is peppered with pretty cottages and traditional buildings steeped in quintessential charm. The village is ideally positioned for exploring the coast and countryside, and you simply must visit Beverley, 11 miles away, for a true taste of Yorkshire. This beautiful market town is one of Yorkshire’s best-kept secrets with its stunning 13th-century Beverley Minster often regarded as one of Europe’s finest Gothic churches. Take a look at the town’s medieval architecture before indulging in a spot of shopping around its lively cobbled squares. Finish off with a drink in one of the traditional Yorkshire pubs where time has stood still for decades.
Beyond the town, get to know the gorgeous Yorkshire Wolds, a range of low rolling hills rising from the River Humber and sweeping along to the stunning cliffs at Flamborough Head. The gentle nature of the countryside here makes it an excellent location for walking and cycling.
Bridlington (19.5 miles) is the perfect spot for some traditional seaside fun. With its beautiful sandy beaches, lively promenades and harbour full of boats coming and going, it’s got an endearing feeling of nostalgia. The arcades, funfair rides and traditional entertainment hark back to the good old days, offering much fun for children and adults alike. Bridlington Old Town is awash with history, with architecture featured in the 2016 Dad’s Army film. Literature lovers will enjoy a trip timed with the annual Dickensian Festival, which celebrates the author and era with events and stallholders and shopkeepers adorned in Victorian attire.
Flamborough Head (8 miles) will appeal to any nature enthusiast with its resident seals and dolphins, whilst the majestic chalk RSPB Bempton Cliffs are home to over 250,000 species of seabirds. The best way to see the local wildlife is to board a boat from Bridlington Harbour and marvel at the unrivalled views of the coastline on a sea safari, and a trip out on the Yorkshire Belle is fantastic for viewing the lighthouse at Flamborough Head.
Further along the coastline, Scarborough, 17 miles away, has gorgeous sandy beaches and a huge choice of cafes and restaurants. Make your way through the historic streets to explore Scarborough Castle or enjoy a stroll around the South Cliff area, taking in the famous spa and Italian Gardens. Catch the cliff lift down to the beach and walk around to the peaceful North Bay, visit the renowned Sea Life Centre or explore the beautiful Peasholm Park with its boating lake, woodland walks and oriental influences.
York, 23 miles away, is well worth the drive and it is easy to see why it is known as the jewel in North Yorkshire's crown. History seeps out of every cobbled street, but the crooked old buildings house a fantastic range of contemporary designer shops, cafes, restaurants and bars. Everywhere in York is easily reachable on foot as this small but perfectly formed city houses most of its main attractions within the city walls. Middle Ages' town planning means it can take quite some time to get your bearings but finding your way around the labyrinth streets is part of the fun. Make sure you take in York Minster, The Shambles, the Railway Museum and Bettys tearoom whilst you're there.