On BBC television, Paul Hudson, the Look North Yorkshire weatherman (and resident cheeky chappie), presented what was called The Seven Natural Wonders of Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. Yes, it is a bit clunky but I guess it was intended to be inclusive. He listed these as:
Malham Cove and Gordale Scar
The peat bogs of Thorne and Hatfield Moors
The Three Peaks (Ingleborough, Pen-y-Ghent and Whernside)
Fair enough. If we are interested in the seven natural wonders of Yorkshire we must, of course, eliminate the Wash. Iím not convinced about all the others and it is a shame to miss out things like High Force and Aysgarth Falls. Can we really treat the Three Peaks as one?
My list would be:
The view from Sutton Bank
The Strid (where the Wharfe funnels into a chasm)
Or perhaps the real list is:
The North Yorkshire Moors
The Pennine hills
The Yorkshire coast.
It depends what you mean.
It set me thinking what the seven man-made wonders of Yorkshire are. Thatís even more difficult. One could list seven medieval cathedrals and churches like Beverley Minster and Ripon Cathedral. Or seven Victorian civic buildings like Leeds Town Hall. And how could one leave out Saltís Mill? And there are stately homes like Harewood House and castles like Richmond and Middleham. What variety we have to choose from. Anyway, hereís my list:
York Minster Ė one of the finest buildings in Christendom
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Ė rightly a World Heritage site
The Settle-Carlisle railway Ė not least the Ribblehead Viaduct
The M62 from Ainley Top to Windy Hill on the border with Lancashire
The Piece Hall in Halifax
The Humber Bridge.
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