Hot tub holidays in Yorkshire are full of fun and adventure. From historic towns and cities such as Ripon, Pickering, Selby, Skipton and – of course - York, to the picturesque villages of Brompton, Grassington, Hawes and Danby – this vast region has something for every type of holidaymaker.
But cottages with hot tubs offer the chance to see a different side of the county. The wild moors surrounding Haworth village were the inspiration behind Emily Bronte’s masterpiece Wuthering Heights; and the rugged coastline of Whitby plays a vital role in Mary Shelly’s Dracula.
Further along the coast you will find the seaside hub of Scarborough (said to have been the world’s first seaside resort when it was founded in the 1600s), as well as pretty coastal towns such as Filey and Bridlington. Take a refreshing dip in the sea, it you dare! But if warm water is more your thing, you can alternate between the cosy bubbles at our hot tub cottages and the healing spa waters at Harrogate.
Yorkshire’s rugged coastline is full of hidden gems, such as the dramatic cliffs of Flamborough and Saltburn-by-the-Sea, or the quaint charm of seaside villages like Cayton and Staithes (also the hometown of Captain James Cook).
A cottage with a hot tub is perfectly suited to a walking holiday across Yorkshire’s moors, dales and wolds. The historical towns of Richmond, Selby and Northallerton are the perfect spots to start your walking tour of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, while traditional villages such as Kirkbymoorside are scattered all around the edges of the legendary North Moors National Park. From there, you can walk through miles of uninterrupted scenery, stopping only when you reach rural hamlets such as Goathland, Helmsley and Harwood Dale, where you will be greeted with a big Yorkshire welcome and a hearty meal of tea and cakes. The windswept Yorkshire Dales boast some truly breath-taking walks, particularly around the towns of Kettlewell and Settle.
For less arduous hikes, start at Driffield in the Yorkshire Wolds, with its gently sloping hills, or simply schedule in time for a lengthy break at the foodie town ofMalton or the traditional pubs of Leyburn.
Holiday cottages with hot tubs also allow visitors to go off the beaten track, so you can discover tiny villages such as Glaisedale, Ingleton, Reeth , Bedale, and Muker. Rosedale Abbey is a little bit out of the way, but it’s worth it for the impressive Roman ruins, while minute hamlets such as Claxton will make you feel as though you’ve stepped back in time. Or take the kids on a fun day out to Pateley Bridge, home of the oldest sweet shop in the world; or the postcard-perfect Robin Hood’s Bay, which is strewn with actual dinosaur fossils.
Film and TV fans can’t miss a trip to Malham (one of the filming locations for the Harry Potter movies), Holmfirth (home of Last of the Summer Wine), and Thirsk, which featured heavily in Downton Abbey. But then, with scenery this beautiful, it’s no wonder film crews are clamouring to visit Yorkshire!