With Christmas fast approaching, we’ve rounded up some of the most beautiful villages for a winter walk within an easy drive of Leeds.
While there are plenty of stunning parks and walking trails in Leeds, sometimes it’s nice to get out of the city and explore Yorkshire’s lesser-known villages. Take in the breath-taking scenery, quaint buildings and rolling hills.
Here are 10 of the best villages within an easy drive of Leeds that may be less familiar.
Kettlewell is an attractive grey stone village nestled in the steep, narrow part of the Yorkshire Dales. Walk through picturesque cottages before enjoying a pint in one of its pubs. Drive: 1hr 15mins to 1hr 30mins Photo: Marisa Cashill
Osmotherley, a tiny village in the Hambleton hills, boasts wide views across to the Yorkshire Dales. The village has three pubs, two cafes and a fish and chip shop and is close to the stunning Cod Beck reservoir. Drive: 1hr to 1hr 15min Photo: Simon Hulme
Thornton-le-Dale is a pretty village on the edge of the North York Moors. A woodland footpath runs from the car park to the village and there are plenty of local walks to take in the surrounding countryside. Drive: 1hr 15mins Photo: Richard Ponter
10. Bolton Abbey
Bolton Abbey is famous for its striking Priory, but the village itself shouldn't be overlooked. It has a delightful tearoom and is surrounded by stunning countryside. Drive: 45min to 1hr Photo: Tony Johnson