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While North Yorkshire is known for its non-metropolitan countryside and its moor-ish ambience, West Yorkshire, starting below North Yorkshire’s Harrogate, is the inland, metropolitan part of Yorkshire. Though containing big industry cities like Leeds, Bradford and Huddersfield, this county is certainly not lacking in opportunities to walk and submerge yourself in exciting cultural experiences.
Head south of West Yorkshire and you’ll hit the tip of Peak District National Park, home to hiking trails, camping and museums. Start at Marsden Moor Estate, a National Trust property in Marsden village in Huddersfield, and they’ll be able to point you in all the possible directions based on your fitness level or scenic preferences. Alternatively, Blackmoorfoot Reservoir is ten minutes down the road from here and is a well-loved spot for bird-watching, dog walking and stone skipping or just basking in the sunshine with a picnic next to the water.
Leeds is an eclectic city known for its universities, urban city feel, economic diversity and industry. Back in the 17th and 18th centuries, it was largely responsible for the country’s wool production, which can now be learnt about at Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills. The area of Kirkstall is brimful of history and opportunities to be outdoors, from the Abbey House Museum to Kirkstall Abbey.
Ultimately, what West Yorkshire lacks in expansive moorlands and coastlines, it makes up for in cultural, socio-political and historical richness. It’s also got a fair number of potential scenic strolls, reservoir jaunts and hilltop panoramic views.