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York, the Lake District and Beyond

York, the Lake District and Beyond

York, the Lake District and Beyond

story by: Inspire Magazine

From the Yorkshire brogue to the Geordie twang, the north of England is known for its warm hospitality and wide range of regional accents. The diversity of dialects in the UK can make it seem like you’re in a different country after a 20-minute drive!

Once you’ve tackled the language barrier, you’ll no doubt get to experience the best the north of England has to offer, making this a must-see region filled with natural beauty for anyone travelling through to Scotland.

York is a great place to start. This historic city boasts one of the most magnificent cathedrals in the world – York Minster. Clifford Tower, a medieval masterpiece built by William the Conqueror to fend off northern rebels, is a long-standing testament to England’s often grisly history.

Making your way further north, you can immerse yourself in English countryside culture by taking the back roads, which are filled with picturesque pubs, B&Bs and manors.

The Lake District showcases breathtaking lakes, soaring mountains and lush forests, it really is the jewel in the crown of the country’s national parks. But no trip to the north of England would be complete without visiting Hadrian’s Wall, with the 117km long World Heritage Site dating back to Roman occupation.

Only then may you be ready to leave the north of England and continue your journey into Scotland, where you can explore the ancestral heritage of the Scottish borders along with the modern luxuries of Edinburgh. Here, you’ll find people fervently proud of their culture, heather clad glens and mysterious lochs.

Go on and treat yourself to a three-course Scottish banquet with a difference – in the lavish surroundings of a 15th century medieval castle! Many Kiwis can trace their roots back to cities, villages and even far-flung farms in this special region, from the wild Yorkshire moors to the wilds of the Scottish Highlands. There are truly a number of historic and ancestral destinations here to add to your ever-increasing bucket list that will generate a wonderful array of lifetime memories.

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