Friday, 17 June 2011 12:00 AM
If you’re planning a relaxing break in holiday cottages in the UK, the Yorkshire Coast is a fantastic destination to choose. Combining a stunning 45-mile coastline with gorgeous rolling hills and dramatic moors, this region is also full of fascinating historical attractions.
And if you choose to stay in Yorkshire Coast holiday cottages, you’ll be free to do as much or as little as you please. So, whether you’re in the mood for relaxing or exploring, a tasty dinner out or a hearty home-cooked meal, you can do what you feel like.
Holidaymakers who are eager to explore the countless historical sites the region is home to may like to start at the imposing Scarborough Castle. Perched high above the town, this dramatic fortification sits next to a sheer drop to the sea and is famous for its rich, fascinating history that dates back some 2,500 years.
Indeed, the historical treasure has weathered countless sieges through its lifetime, including most recently naval bombardment during the Second World War. As well as admiring the castle’s powerful exterior, you can also climb to the viewing platform to see marvellous views out across the ocean.
Similarly impressive is Whitby Abbey. These striking ruins are considered to be some of the most romantic Britain, perched on a cliff above the seaside town. Having been founded in 657 by St Hilda, these hauntingly beautiful ruins have inspired authors such as Bram Stoker – creator of Dracula.
Its past is littered with intrigue, from its role as a kings’ burial place, to that as a busy settlement and a home for saints, among countless other events.
Meanwhile, as you’re exploring the great outdoors of the Yorkshire Coast, you may come across a large rock with a distinct carving – one which looks like a small home. This is known as Hairy Bob’s Cave and its origins are still something of a mystery today – as is its name.
Much local folklore surrounds the carving’s purpose and some believe that it was a place for local workmen to store their implements.
Alternatively, why not pay a visit to Wheeldale Moor Roman Road? This authentic example of ancient road-building dates back to 1 AD and stretches on for one mile, making it the ideal way to step back in time during your break.
Whatever else you choose to do on your holiday on the Yorkshire Coast, don’t miss the chance to soak up some of the region’s fascinating scenes from the past.