Before we moved to the North of England, I didn’t really know much about the area. I mean, I’d heard of Manchester and Liverpool thanks to the Manchester United football club (really, thanks to David Beckham) and the Beatles, but beyond that I was pretty much clueless.
This made our move to Leeds that much more exciting. Northern England was a world of unknown towns and places to explore, which was very attractive to this constant wanderluster.
As the plane shuttled us from Toronto to Leeds, I dove into my Lonely Planet hoping to learn as much as possible before we even hit the ground. With my nose buried in my book, I was dog-earing page after page of places to see and experience when we had the chance.
From the very beginning I was committed to getting out and seeing the cities, towns, villages and sights that surrounded out new home.
And then reality hit.
Settling in and adulting took more time than anticipated and that time came at the expense of exploring, so for the first few weeks we stayed close to home (if we even left at all). Slowly as we sorted each piece out, we freed up more time to travel, and so we did by taking day trips out to Scarborough, Liverpool, Ilkley and York (most of which I haven’t written about, but recaps to come!).
But we’ve only just scratched the surface. In the coming months, I hope to get an even better feel for te North by visiting more of its corners, including:
The Lake District is a mountainous region in the North-West of England located in the county of Cumbria. It’s famous for its lakes (duh), forests and mountain, and as the home of Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit.
It measures about 912 square miles (2,362 km2), stretching from Kendal and Cumbria in the east, to Seascale in the west, and the Lake District is home to England’s tallest peak, Scafell Pike.
To me, the Lake District looks like the perfect idyllic place to spend a weekend walking the footpaths and relaxing by a fire.
Much closer to home are the Yorkshire Dales. An upland area of the Pennines, the Dales are made up of river valleys and rolling hills, and even feature an extensive cave system. They will be the perfect destination the next time we’re looking to spend a calm and relaxing day away from Leeds.
I grew up by the water and every so often I find myself in need of a day or two by the shore. I figure the next time I need to spend time by the water, I should make my way up to Newcastle, just an hour or so by train from Leeds. The most populus city in the North-East, Newcastle is know for its nightlife, tourist attractions and it’s Georgie Shore.
A weekend in Newcastle would definitely be more raucous than relaxing, but there’s nothing wrong with that.
Carlisle is a city located in the North of the county of Cumbria and just 10 miles (16km) south of the Scottish border. It is steeped in history, culture and vibrancy, and is described as a great place to visit to experience the North.
The North of England is so full of charming places that I can’t wait for our next chance to spend a day or a weekend walking the moors, relaxing with a cup of tea, and taking a break from the hustle and bustle of big city life to explore more of the North.
Have you visited the North of England? What was your favourite spot?
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