I was so happy when I found out about Lonely Planet naming Yorkshire as one of the top places to visit in the world. Obviously, anyone who lives in Yorkshire knows how amazing it is so it’s great that the Lonely Planet gave the county a mention in their new travel booklet.
The guide praises Yorkshire’s “rugged moorlands, heritage homes and cosy pubs”. It also recognises the success of Yorkshire’s athletes, such as Jessica Ennis, Ed Clancy and Nicola Adams. Notably, the Tour de France’s grand depart will be held in Leeds next year as well.
In the Lonely Planet’s list, Yorkshire was pipped to first place only by India and Australia (the county’s weather definitely can’t compete!)
Lonely Planet’s top 10 regions
- 1. Sikkim, India
- 2. The Kimberley, Australia
- 3. Yorkshire, UK
- 4. Hokuriku, Japan
- 5. Texas, USA
- 6. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and Zambia
- 7. Mallorca, Spain
- 8. West Coast, New Zealand
- 9. Hunan, China
- 10. Ha’apai, Tonga
Of course, anyone who has ever visited Yorkshire will know all about the welcoming atmosphere, the bracing weather and the hearty meals. But you really have to experience it for yourself to truly understand the appeal. Keep an eye out over the next few weeks as I post a series of articles about the county in all its glory!
P.S. For anyone wanting to don their flatcaps and celebrate, Yorkshire Day is held every year on 1st August!