The 2014 Lonely Planet guide referenced Yorkshire’s “rugged moorlands, heritage homes and cosy pubs” as just some of the reasons why England’s north east region is worth a visit, and called it the “rough-around-the-edges, gentleman of the north”.
Its sporting prowess was also mentioned: “If the good people of Yorkshire were proud of their heritage before, the 2012 London Olympics only served to cement what they have always thought: that their county is better than – and really the best of – all the English counties.”
Yorkshire came third in the list of top 10 world regions to visit in 2014, after Sikkim, India and the Kimberley in Australia.
Scotland also came in third place in its category of best country to visit, beaten only by Brazil first, and Antarctica second.
Of Yorkshire, the guide said: “In 2014, this welcoming region of rugged moorlands, heritage homes and cosy pubs will be able to hold its head even higher when the Tour de France begins its grand depart from Leeds.”