Being based in the vicinity of the Yorkshire/Cumbria border has the best of both worlds; with easy access north west into the holiday hot spots of the Lake District or the south east to the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park - or of course you can stay in the immediate area which has loads to offer holidaymakers in its own right, with dramatic open scenery and charming rural villages, great walks and fascinating wildlife.
Kirkby Lonsdale is in the beautiful valley of the River Lune on the fringes of both the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks. A national winner of `Britain in Bloom', the town has an excellent range of specialty shops and attractive 17th and 18th century inns. Its superb location has attracted many notable visitors over the years, the Vale of Lune was greatly admired by the painter Constable, and Turner painted landscapes in and around the town.
There are many riverside and country walks in the area, and historic building to see in the town itself, including the 11th century Norman parish church. The historic town of Kirby Stephens has many excellent facilities to offer its visitors, including places to eat, fascinating antiques and curio chops. The beautiful countryside surrounding the town is perfect for walking and cycling with no fewer than 11 long distance walks and cycle ways. Wainwright's famous Coast to Coast path brings many visitors to the town, a place where walkers meet to enjoy much needed refreshment.
Nestling at the foot of the Howgill fells and dating back to Roman times, Sedbergh is a market town full of character, with cobbled yards and fascinating houses. There is a good range of places to eat and shop. A rewarding short walk takes you to nearby Cautley Spout, where cascades fall 200m in less than a quarter of a mile. With its quiet country lanes, the area is ideal for cycling for the whole family.
York itself is a historic city with a lively past. Attractions celebrating this include the Jorvik Viking centre; a journey into York's Viking heritage. Elsewhere, the Castle Museum has an authentic Victorian street on show and Clifford's Tower offers both a gory past and stunning views from the top. Pubs and restaurants have also soaked up some of this ancient character, with many of the inns claiming a rich history and even a ghost or two.
East of the city walls lie the gentle hills of the Yorkshire Wolds. Stretching to the coast, nearby beaches include the cliffs at Flamborough Head and the fishing harbour and ever-popular promenades at Bridlington. There are street markets at Beverley and Market Weighton at which you can buy genuine local produce as well as take in the picturesque sights of these typically English towns. On a grander scale, visitors can see the house and gardens used for the tv series Brideshead Revisited, Castle Howard, or view the elegant Burton Agnes near Driffield.
Opportunities range from picnicking in the hills, to hiking the Yorkshire Wolds way and cycling from one rural village to the next. With miles of rolling landscape, clutches of market towns and the spires of York close by, this area is a great place to explore on holiday.