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My Yorkshire: Harriet Ashton, Conference Coordinator, Huddersfield/Halifax

I’m a real country girl, and where I live, I’m surrounded by fields and countryside, so despite living within a couple of miles of the hotel, I can head for the great outdoors and not feel I am so close to a town.

Harriet AshtonI’ve got two Labradors, Alfie and Bella, and the three of us go for long walks. I just enjoy getting on my hiking boots, being in the fresh air and heading out – especially as we have the Pennines on our doorstep.

At least once a month, we visit the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, as it is only 10 miles away from the Hotel. I go to the YSP to walk around the historical parkland and enjoy the wildlife. I take my dogs for long walks around the lakes and I still find new places I’ve not come across before.

During my last visit, my dad and I went to view the art exhibitions. There are five indoor galleries, which host great exhibitions throughout the year.

With a new Café that sits at the top of the Park so you can see everything – the sculptures can be seen from a new perspective and seeing the colours of the trees change during the seasons is lovely.

Before I leave, I always go into the YSP shop for a browse. The unique gifts get my creative juices flowing. The beautiful ranges include contemporary crafts, art and design books, children’s toys and educational products.

I still feel like there is so much to see here, even though I go to new places all the time. I doubt I will ever see all of Yorkshire.


I’m a real foodie person too. I like going to nice restaurants, trying new things and new food, and there’s a lot of places in Yorkshire that can offer just that (I can recommend The Three Acres, at Shelley near Huddersfield, The Star Inn at Harome in North Yorkshire, and The Pipe and Glass, South Dalton).  My mum’s a chef so I take after her – she’s just opened The Little Kitchen in Huddersfield, so do drop in - and tell her I sent you!

As I’m not a great fan of shopping, I tend to dedicate one day each year for a serious shopping trip to either York or Harrogate. This is a perfect excuse for me to visit Bettys, as I always go in for lunch. It’s just so elegant, tranquil and relaxing after a day of shopping.  For a night out in Yorkshire, Leeds is the place to be with so much going on, lots of nice bistros and cocktail bars. My tip would be to try Angelica or The Alchemist.

One day I could see myself living abroad but I would miss Yorkshire; I would always come back here.  I still feel like there is so much to see here, even though I go to new places all the time. I doubt I will ever see all of Yorkshire.

That's my Yorkshire, now discover yours! 

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