The port town of Whitby lies on the North Yorkshire coast. Here, breezy cliff top walks wind down to a working harbour, where you can treat yourself to the catch of the day.
The quayside is the town's focal point, with its colourful fishing boats, cottages and some of the best seafood restaurants in the country serving up freshly caught cod, haddock and shellfish.
That should give you the energy to climb 199 steps to the Abbey headland, where you'll be rewarded with a panoramic view of the sea, harbour and old town.
From up here, you'll see the gothic 13th century ruins of Whitby Abbey and the Church of St Mary, where a stone cross commemorates an Anglo-Saxon poet who lived in the original monastery there.
The links to literature continue with Bram Stoker's Dracula, who lands his ship there in the book. These days you can drop into the Dracula Experience, and go on walking tours to find out more.
You'll also find tributes to Captain James Cook, who chartered Australia and New Zealand for the first time in boats built on the River Esk. His time as an apprentice in Whitby are marked by a bronze statue and a Whalebone Arch up on the cliffs.
The medieval market town of Skipton is known as the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales.
The town still has a cobbled main street lined with pubs and shops - and of course its famous market stalls. It's an excellent base to explore the surrounding countryside, whether by car, bike, or on foot.
You can also take a traditional narrowboat along the Leeds-Liverpool canal, which runs through the town.
It's hard to miss the incredibly well-preserved 900-year-old Skipton Castle. Having once survived a Civil War siege, its distinctive twin tower entrance is an imposing sight.
Skipton Moor, with its twin cairns, can also be seen from the town and is a good introduction to the beauty of the Dales.
From there, you can stumble into Bronte country - just a short drive away is the village of Haworth, where the literary sisters lived and wrote the classics Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre.
The Dales are in the north west of Yorkshire. Its remote location on the Pennine Way route gives the area one of the darkest skies in England.
Hints of the area's farming past are all around, with the small villages and hamlets dotted about the landscape and a winding, 8,689km long network of drystone walls.
The deep valleys are also known for their rare plants and wildlife, including its very own species of moss. In the summer months, the distinctive hedgerows, wildflower and herb meadows make it a particularly pretty place to visit.
Feeling hungry? You might want to drop past Wensleydale, home to the famous cheese, and see its protected creamery.
Cauldron Falls and the stepped water of Aysgarth Falls are natural water features nearby, and you can wash it all down with a pint at Tan Hill, Britain's highest inn.
The park's version of the Three Peaks, Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent, can be done by determined walkers in a day.
But for a more relaxed approach, take the Settle-Carlisle Railway to discover some of the remote and wild countryside and travel over the 24-arch viaduct at Ribblehead.