Travel in footsteps of soldiers from three eras with Yorkshire Battlefields guide

FROM the Wars of the Roses killing fields to the Battle of Stamford Bridge, the clash of swords will again be ringing out across Yorkshire with the launch of a new tourist trail.

The Battlefields guide – created by Welcome to Yorkshire – features more than 90 of Yorkshire’s main battle sites and gives visitors the chance to march in the footsteps of Viking, Medieval and Civil War-era soldiers through the region’s castles, abbeys and countryside.

It has been produced in collaboration with experts from York Archaeological Trust and also includes a dedicated website.

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Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “Yorkshire is fortunate to be able to offer such a variety of remarkable historical sites.

“Taking visitors from countryside battlefields to cities such as York, which are steeped in history, this guide is the perfect addition to Yorkshire’s outstanding tourist trails.”

The guide includes the War of the Roses era Battle of Towton, one of the bloodiest ever on British soil, as well as battles in Wakefield, Stamford Bridge, Northallerton, Malton, Bradford and Scarborough.

The new guides will be unveiled at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds, this weekend, where a jousting tournament will also take place.