Despite my love affair with the outdoor beauties of the West Country, there’s so much exciting stuff kicking off up North this year that I am tempted to up sticks and move to the dales. In the meantime, outdoor girl Sarah Oxley has written us this fantastic guide to the best fresh air events in Leeds and Yorkshire.
The West Riding Classic 2013
The West Riding Classic is a cycling event designed for people of all abilities. A 33, 60 or 75 mile, non-competitive road cycle held on the 20th of April, the Classic gives you the chance to experience the Yorkshire Dales National Park by bike in a safe and supportive environment. Growing in popularity year by year, it’s a must for all lovers of two-wheeled travel.
Fancy getting in touch with your inner Eskimo? Lead your own team of dogs in the North York Moors National Park. Whilst sledding is only available from October to March, the huskies are available for walks (or just a cuddle) all year round. The oldest breed of dog on the planet, Huskies combine the charmingly wild looks of a wolf with a highly affectionate nature towards people – an impossible combination to resist.
Leeds Loves Food Festival
Ideal for gourmets, Leeds Loves Food is a chance to experience cuisines from all over the world as well as new skills from international experts. Held over the 24th-26th May, Leeds will welcome food connoisseurs from all over the planet, setting up stalls in an amazing, labyrinthine market of foodie delights in Millennium Square. The restaurants of Leeds will also be inviting people to take part in pasta making workshops and cocktail mixing classes.
Held in Graves Park, Sheffield, over the 6th and 7th of July, Cliffhanger is one of the UK’s largest outdoor festivals for outdoor enthusiasts and outdoor athletes. This is your chance to see the best climbers, mountain bikers, and adventure racers in action and to then give these sports a go yourself. There’s also slackening and orienteering if you fancy trying something new.
Not enough for your calendar? There’s plenty more going on in Yorkshire, such as the Leeds Festival in August and the Jorvik Viking Festival in York this February if you feel like a little rampaging.
Article by Sarah Oxley on behalf of LS-1, estate agents for flats in Leeds and surrounding areas. Sarah is a keen outdoor explorer, who has been living in Yorkshire for two years and is still finding more to explore.