Don Your Way: Why Yorkshire is the most beautiful place on earth
It won’t have gone without you noticing that I’m a bit of a proud Yorkshireman.
Born and bred in Doncaster, I’m a Tyke through and through and I’m extremely proud to call God’s Own County my home.
I've lived and worked here all my life and have had many happy hours and days out across the length and breadth of the county with friends and family.
In need of some joy and respite after the events of last Friday and the Brexit shenanigans, despite it being a very blustery and chilly Saturday, my partner and I piled into the car and headed north to the immensely picturesque market town of Knaresborough.
Now, if you’ve never been before, it’s a chocolate box beauty nestled on the River Nidd, its impressive railway viaduct and castle ruins looming large over the town.
There’s narrow little streets to explore packed with quirky and historic shops as well as a handful of traditional inns and cafes – the perfect place to warm up against the quite keen February winds whipping into our faces as we trekked back up the hill after a pleasant but somewhat fruitless stroll to the intriguing Mother Shipton’s Cave (it was closed for winter).
And all this spectacular scenery and beauty is just an hour from Doncaster.
Whizz up the A1, swing off at junction 47 and then its an easy run down into the town itself.
My Italian other half was enamoured with its picturesque beauty, eagerly snapping away on her camera phone as we posed for the obligatory selfie with the viaduct behind us.
But of course, it’s just one of dozens of places across Yorkshire of which we should be proud of and we’re busy drawing up a list of places near and far that she’s never had the chance to visit before.
Some of these places are so commonplace to us, but hold magic and mystery to those who’ve never witnessed them up close before.
Whitby, Scarborough, Saltaire, Halifax’s Piece Hall, Brodsworth Hall, Conisbrough Castle, Robin Hood’s Bay – the list is endless.
We’re looking forward to ticking more off the list.