I heart Yorkshire.

It’s so stupidly pretty, and everyone’s so friendly, and the food is so great, and the tea is (of course) the best.

So yeah.

I’ve been oop North a few times now, and it’s fair to say I love it.

I’m determined to live in York one day in the future, but for now I’ll content myself with visiting occasionally and taking insane amounts of photos.

Gary and I visited North Yorkshire over the bank holiday weekend, partly to have a break from London, and partly to catch up with his family.

Now, I totally hadn’t realised beforehand that it was still heather season on the moors.

I’d heard amazing things about it, and was dyiiing to see it.

So when Saturday dawned bright and clear and blue-skied, we all hopped into the car and drove up towards Blakey Ridge.


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Isn’t it amazing?

Even my big lens couldn’t quite capture the massive distance you can see from the top of the moors. And you can’t quite understand how beautiful the colours are until you’ve seen it in person.

I was completely and utterly mesmerised by it all.

Gary and his mum kept having to stop and wait for me cos I’d be trailing about 300m behind them with my jaw on the ground…

So yeah. If you ever get the chance to visit when the heather’s in season: GO. GO IMMEDIATELY.

(And then make sure to stop off at the old Lion’s Inn pub for hot beef sandwiches and a restorative cup of tea. So delicious!)

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On the Sunday we’d booked tickets for The Forbidden Corner.

Gary and his family had never been and I LOVED the look of the trailer for it, so off we went!

The Forbidden Corner is a unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises created within a four-acre garden in the heart of Tupgill Park and the Yorkshire Dales.

It originally started as a little project on a private estate, and slowly grew into a massive woodland area of over 4 acres, split into pathways and labyrinths, and scattered with crazy statues, hidden gems and secret caves.

Eventually it opened to the public and now it’s a super popular tourist attraction for the area. (Though it wasn’t actually as busy as I was expecting it to be, even on a sunny bank holiday weekend!)

When we arrived, we were handed a visual guide of everything there was to find in the maze.

And then we were set loose to explore!

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^ Slightly worried cos I think Goldilocks is about to get eaten by the hungry poker-playing bears…

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I think that it’s definitely worth checking out if you’re ever in the area. It doesn’t take longer than 2h to get round the whole thing but it’s SO GOOD.

We had an incredibly fun time looking for all the items, and the views of the Dales were absolutely fantastic.

It’s obviously perfect for families, but we’re all adults and we still loved it. There’s so much humor and mystery involved, that you can’t help but get caught up in it all.

I really, really enjoyed it!

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Have you ever visited the North Yorkshire Moors in heather season?

Do you think The Forbidden Corner sounds awesome?

Let me know what you think! :D

  • Oh that looks so much fun! I am the biggest kid ever and having a little niece and nephew gives me the perfect excuse to enjoy things like this. I went to the sea life aquarium in London last week and spent more time gawping at the turtles and sharks than they did! xxx

    • Haha aww I’ve been dyiiing to go to the aquarium! Might stick it on my list of activities to do this Winter :) xxx

  • Sam went to the Forbidden Corner as a kid and I’ve been dying to go since he told me about it. I knew girl who had her hen do there ;) Also- York is the best! x

    • OHMYGOD that’s such an amazing idea. Doing it slightly tipsy must be hilarious hahaha, it’s confusing enough when you’re sober!!! xxx

  • ninegrandstudent

    The Forbidden Corner sounds like just my type of thing! I used to go up to Yorkshire a lot as a child as we had family up there, but I’ve probably not been for around 13 years now! x

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Student Lifestyle Blog

    • You MUST go back Chloe!!! It’s so worth the journey! :D xxx

  • Absolutely stunning! We are a short drive from N. Yorkshire .. but without a car we may as well be a million miles away, it’s so frustrating!

    • Aargh I know what you mean!!! I’m dying to hit my 25th so I can finally hire a car at less-than-ridiculous prices! xxx

  • Harrie

    So happy to say I live in this beautiful county! Feel free to revisit ;)

    • I’ll let you know if I’m ever up with some spare time Harrie!! This was a bit of a quick one :) xxx

  • What a view! So many amazing photos and so much to see there! I will definitely go to the forbidden corner, it looks great!

    • Thank you Ela! :) it’s such a beautiful place. You MUST go if you ever get the chance! xx

  • I love the pictures! It’s really nice to get out of London during the weekends and find somewhere as peaceful as North Yorkshire! I’ve heard about The Forbidden Corner, but never had the chance to go. It looks awesome though. :)

    Olivia x
    Beauty from the Fjord

    • Thank you Olivia!! :D it’s such a beautiful place, definitely worth making the trip for! xxx

  • Oh my goodness, Katy, the photos of the moors are just incredible! Makes me want to hop on a train and head down to Yorkshire right this minute. And The Forbidden Corner sounds like a lot of fun!

    Mimmi xx
    Muted Mornings

    • Thank you Mimmi!! That means such a lot coming from you! :D <3

  • Sounds like you guys had a lovely break away! The views are beautiful xxx

    Hannah x hannatalks

    • Thanks Hannah! :) yeah it was really nice. Hope you had a lovely bank holiday as well! xxx

  • Oh my gosh so pretty! I’d love to visit both! Absolutely gorgeous photos lovely xxx

  • Ahh I love Yorkshire, half my family live there and I wish I got to visit more often! Amazing photo of the sheep!

    Laura xx

    • It’s so lovely isn’t it? I’d not gone up for a whole year and was really missing it! So friendly and nice and pretty :) xxx

  • That statue is massive! I love the framing of your photos of the heather, all really good! I’m moving to Yorkshire in 2 1/2 weeks so be sure to visit the heather. I don’t have anywhere to love yet though . . . Xx

    Amy at

    • Hahaha I know right?! I made Gary stand next to it cos I knew no one would get how big it was otherwise haha. Ohmygosh how excitiiiiiing! :D good luck with the move lovely!! I hope you find somewhere to live soon xxx

  • reneejessome

    Omg your photos honestly look magical. Like you’ve just stepped into a fairytale or something! I WANT TO BE THERE!!

    Renee | Lose The Road

  • Angela Entwistle

    Such gorgeous photos Katy, I just love the colours on the moor at this time of year. I’m guessing you didn’t find or have time to pick some bilberries on the moors? You can often find bilberry bushes in and amongst the heather; though you’d have come away with insanely purple fingers!
    Angela x
    Only Crumbs Remain

  • Siobhan Rothwell

    It looks absolutely gorgeous!! Great photos here, Katy!


  • SO AMAZING! Love it love it love it Katy :D the Moors look so pretty, sadly there aren’t any more bank holiday weekends coming up grrrr BUT OH MAN THE FORBIDDEN CORNER is right down my alley – I love garden labyrinths! It looks so weird and quirky and everything I dream of when I think of secret gardens/mazes :)

    Cherie / sinonym

    • Eurgh I know. The August bank holiday always makes me sad cos you know that’s the end of it!! xxx

  • I love Yorkshire! My dad’s side of the family come from there hence my surname being Dale as in Yorkshire Dales, so I guess that place will always be part of me. You captured it so beautifully as well!

    • Haha I love how many Yorkshire surnames are named after places!! My boyfriend’s surname is something like that as well haha. Have you ever done Forbidden Corner before?? xx

  • Amy

    Is that you sporting a really small bag?? Good on you… For trips out to anywhere I take practically half my bedroom! :)
    Your pictures are really beautiful and you’ve completely sold The Forbidden Corner to me! My favourites are pictures 5 & 10.
    If I ever find myself in that part of the country I’ll be sure to visit! I think I’ve stepped on Yorkshire territory before, whilst climbing a very large mountain (probably a big hill, but anything taller a speed bump, to me, is a mountain!).
    Glad you had a nice time, the pictures make it look enchanting. ✨

    Amy 🌸

    • Hahahahahahahahaha I KNOW RIGHT?! I hope Debenhams are proud of me right now ;) tbf, I didn’t really need much for a day in the countryside! Most of my city stuff wasn’t necessary out there :)

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment Amy!! And I’m so glad you liked the photos :D xxx

  • This looks amazing. Both the labyrinth and the fields!

  • Ok I am from York and have never heard of the Forbidden Corner! How is that possible? I wish I had because it would have been top of my list for places to visit on my birthday while I was at home last weekend!

    As for the moors in heather season, even when it is dying it is still beautiful xx

    • Hahaha late birthday activity? ;) do it anyway!! It’s so so fun! :D xx

  • Oh my days. I want to go here!!

    Tara xx

    • Do it Tara! So so worth the journey :D they have guest houses on site as well! xx

  • This totally makes me miss England! Waaa! Lovely pics x