Tourists and day-trippers flock to pretty towns such as Harrogate, Ilkley and Hebden Bridge, but there are many wonderful lesser-known places that are well worth seeing. Under current Covid guidelines, you can meet up outside with groups of up to six people, or two different households. 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
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
As you approach Skidby, near Beverley, you will see the impressive four-sailed mill standing on top of the hill. The gorgeous Millhouse Restaurant is worth a visit. Drive: 1hr 15min
Photo: Tony Johnson
Burnsall lies on a bend of the River Wharfe surrounded by a spectacular circle of fells. The village was originally an Anglo-Viking settlement and the parish church still contains rare Viking and Anglo-Saxon carved stones. Drive: 1hr to 1hr 15mins