As we bid farewell to summer (for now), it means pumpkin spice lattes (PSL), cosy lit fires and country pub walks are on their way as the seasons begin to change.

But just because the temperatures might be gradually lowering, it doesn’t mean you can’t continue to explore the outdoors in West Yorkshire.

There are endless towns and villages to discover, whether you want to find local produce at a farmers' market or take in mesmerising hilly views.

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Some of the prettiest towns and villages in West Yorkshire


Haworth is one of the most famous places in West Yorkshire due to being the home of the Brontë sisters.

The Yorkshireman adds: “It also has beautiful cobbled streets, rolling moors and a vintage charm that pulls in tons of visitors every single year.

“There are plenty of places to eat and enjoy a pint after you’ve finished exploring this historic Yorkshire village, making for a truly wholesome day out.”

Hebden Bridge

The town of Hebden Bridge is made up of York-stone houses and old cotton mills, not to mention its quirky cafes and independent shops.

For those who love an autumn adventure, there are lots of walking routes to follow which begin from the small town - such as hiking up the cobblestoned paths to Heptonstall.

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The West Yorkshire spa town of Ilkley was named the best place to live in the UK last year, according to The Times.

The publisher wrote: “The view from the craggy edge of Ilkley Moor is life-enhancing and expansive. To the left are the distant peaks of the Yorkshire Dales.

“To the right the gentle slope of Wharfedale and the rocky outline of Almscliffe Crag. Below, real-life dramas are played out in the streets of stone houses, busy shops and cosy pubs.”


There are many spots to visit in Otley when it comes to food and drink, not to mention its monthly farmers’ market.

Looking to get out and about? You can take a leisurely walk up the hill above the town (also known as The Chevin) and be greeted by the idyllic Wharfedale views.


Earlier this year, Saltaire was named as the second poshest village in the UK by The Times.

The review said: "If village life induces panic about mud, cultural vacuums and parochialism, consider the Victorian 'model' village of Saltaire, built by the wool baron Sir Titus Salt on the outskirts of Bradford (2025’s City of Culture). Surrounded by the verdant Aire Valley, it’s as beautiful — in a bricky, cobbled way — as any bucolic dream.

"And with UNESCO world heritage status, it’s impossible to stay in an ugly property (some of its converted mill apartments and quaint terraced cottages are available on Airbnb).

“Saltaire also has a David Hockney collection at the grade II listed Salts Mill, now a cultural and retail hub, and nearby are the Salt microbrewery and the Giles Coren-approved Waterside Bistro."


The Times also named Holmfirth, which provided the scenery for BBC sitcom Last of the Summer Wine as one of the best places to live in the UK in 2023.

When explaining why, the publisher said the town had been “turned into one of the coolest locations to live near Huddersfield and Manchester”, adding “it’s even got its own vineyard, the Sheveling Wine Estate on the sunny slopes of the Holme Valley.”

It went on to say: “The cobbled town centre is compact, with lots of handsome honey-coloured Yorkshire-stone properties lining the steep streets that climb towards acre upon acre of blissful, blustery countryside looking out towards Lancashire.”


This large village offers plenty to do with the family as the cosy season settles in.

“Where poet Simon Armitage grew up, this village is as picturesque as they come. Quaint, traditional pubs with a bubbling river and beautiful Yorkshire countryside – as far as villages in West Yorkshire go, it’s the perfect place to visit for a lovely family day out,” writes the Yorkshireman.

“You can walk out into the countryside, and enjoy nearby reservoirs before returning to enjoy a nice pint in a warm pub by the fire.”