Yorkshire in a Hired Motorhome


Known as God’s Own Country, Yorkshire is a vast county, divided into four areas so hiring a campervan is the best way to get around its many attractions. Its people are warm, welcoming and honest, its landscape beautiful and varied and its history fascinating. And, then there are its renowned locally-brewed ales and, of course, Yorkshire puddings. No wonder its residents are so proud of where they live.


Play at being Cathy and Heathcliff, although perhaps without so much drama, on the Yorkshire Moors, the inspiration for Emily Bronte’s much-loved classic Wuthering Heights. Ramblers will truly be spoilt for choice by Yorkshire’s countryside which encompasses two national parks, the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales, along with large swathes of the Peak District.

And, when you fancy moving from country to coast, you’ll find stunning sandy coves and pristine beaches where former fishermen’s cottages tumble almost to the shore line. Robin Hood’s Bay is ideal for rock pooling while Filey is renowned for its wide sands.

Thrill seekers are also well catered for in Yorkshire with Lightwater Valley and Flamingo Land where you’ll find adrenaline-fuelled rollercoasters along with rides for younger children.


Yorkshire’s boasts everything from designer boutiques to farmers’ markets. Set over five floors in Leeds’ historic Victoria Quarter is the first Harvey Nichols to have opened outside London. Here, you’ll find a vast selection of high-end brands including Burberry, Kenzo, Chanel and Dior.

York makes for a great day out, even if you’re just window shopping. The Shambles has lots of quirky finds dotted among its Medieval architecture.

Blacker Hall Farm Shop in Wakefield is perfect for picking up some local produce to pack in a picnic or cook in the evening in your campervan. There’s a Continental-style butchery along with a bakery where homemade cakes, bread and pies are produced.

Eating out

Just as varied as Yorkshire’s retail offering are its dining options. The county boasts six Michelin-star restaurants, more than any other county in England. For modern French cuisine and an extensive wine list, try the Box Tree at Ilkley. The Black Swan at Oldstead is relaxed and friendly while serving seriously good food.

And, of course, no visit to Yorkshire would be complete without Sunday lunch and all the trimmings. The Scotts Arms in Sicklinghall serves up famous Yorkshires along with olde-world charm. A 17th century inn, it features low beams, candle lit tables and, when the weather turns inclement, log fires.


Yorkshire is home to both the Northern Ballet and Opera North meaning you can catch world-class performances on the doorstep. In the warmer months, a visit to Scarborough Open Air Theatre is a real treat. It attracts global stars including Katherine Jenkins, Olly Murs and Leona Lewis to its stage.

For a real taste of Yorkshire’s country traditions, visit the Great Yorkshire Show, which features three days of entertainment including farm animals, equine competitions, children’s rides and trade stands.

Surrounding areas

Yorkshire is a great place to start off your campervan road trip. If you want to see more of the UK, Durham’s striking Cathedral, Cumbria’s lakes or the bustling hub of Manchester are all easily reachable.

Did you know?

Yorkshire Day is August 1st – a celebration of all things Yorkshire.

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