Thankfully, Yorkshire is home to some stunning towns and villages, with many in commutable distance to Leeds city centre.
Here are 20 places that are within an easy drive, train or busy journey into Leeds:
The popular market town of Wetherby has been named as one of the best places to live in northern England - and for good reason. The quaint town, which sits on the River Wharfe, is in the Leeds metropolitan borough but is very close to the North Yorkshire border. It has a thriving town centre and serves as the main shopping and entertainment district for the surrounding villages. It takes between 30 and 40 minutes to drive into Leeds city centre. It takes between 50 and one hr 10 minutes on the bus.
6. North Rigton
North Rigton is a small village north of Leeds in the Harrogate District. Armscliffe Crag is adjacent to the village, which is considered one of the best rock climbing locations in the country. It is also a popular destination for walkers. Public transport commuters can get the A2 flyer or 36 from Harrogate Road. The nearest station is in Weeton, on the Leeds Harrogate line. It takes about 30 minutes to get to Leeds city centre by car. Photo: Jonathan Gawthorpe
Haworth - the home of the Brontë sisters. The thriving village is popular with tourists due to its fascinating literary history, beautiful moors, the heritage Keighley and Worth Valley Railway and the annual 1940s weekend. However it is also a great place to live. Public transport commuters can get to Leeds via Keighley, changing there to get on a direct train to Leeds Station. It takes around one hour 15 minutes. Drivers can go through Bradford to Leeds and it takes around 45 minutes. Photo: Marisa Cahill
You may have heard of Bramham as the home of Leeds Festival, which is held in Bramham Park, but it has much more to offer than live music and big crowds.The town has a long history that dates back to the Romans. The oldest part of All Saints Parish Church was built by the Normans in 1150 and the town is famed for the Battle of Bramham Moor which saw nobles rebel against King Henry IV in 1408. Today the town has great two great local pubs, a primary school and a thriving community. It takes around 45 minutes on the bus to get to Leeds city centre. It takes 25 to 30 minutes to drive from Bramham to Leeds via the M1 or the A64. It is a seven minute drive to Wetherby village. It is a 24 minute drive to York.