Eight lesser-known Yorkshire towns that are worth a visit

If you're fed up of the tourist traps of York, Harrogate, Scarborough and Whitby, we've rounded up some alternative local destinations away from the spotlight.

Pateley Bridge
Pateley Bridge

These smaller towns and villages aren't always on the tourist map, but they're still amazing places to visit.

The East Yorkshire market town has a glorious Minster, a quaint Georgian quarter and a thriving independent shopping and foodie scene. It's also become a magnet for cyclists due to the flat Wolds landscape, and has hosted the Tour de Yorkshire.

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This village near Rotherham is home to Wentworth Woodhouse, which has the longest facade of any house in Europe. The follies in its grounds, surrounding country park and preserved estate cottages are also worth exploring.
Another historic market town with plenty of charm that is sometimes overshadowed by nearby Richmond. Its attractions include a heritage railway, an 18th century apothecary's store and an underground ice house.
Nearby Harrogate and Knaresborough pull in the crowds, but Pateley is a Nidderdale gem. Its high street has been named Britain's best and it's also home to England's oldest sweet shop.
The market town on the Cumbrian border has been known for its literary scene in recent years. It;s got a world-renowned storytelling festival and plenty of independent booksellers.
What was once a rundown mill town in the remote Upper Calder Valley has reinvented itself as a capital of alternative culture with an enviable arts scene. There are festivals throughout the year and BBC drama Happy Valley was filmed here.
Often overshadowed by the larger resorts of Scarborough and Bridlington, Filey is a smaller but charming seaside town enjoying a revival. It's got quirky shops, historic buildings and a steampunk festival.
A former colliery village near Barnsley that is well-preserved. It's got the Elsecar Heritage Centre, a steam railway and a reservoir surrounded by a nature reserve.