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What to Pack for Yorkshire, UK: Your Ultimate Guide

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There’s nowhere in the world quite like Yorkshire. Blessed with rolling green hills, cosy country pubs, and friendly Northern charm, Yorkshire is the perfect place for a weekend away. It pays to know what to pack for Yorkshire though, as this vast county ‘enjoys’ changeable weather, with cold, wet winters and warm, wet summers.

Much of Yorkshire’s charm lies in its natural attractions, so you’ll probably be outdoors a lot. Unless you’re a complete masochist, you’ll also want to be warm, comfortable, and dry. I’ve lived in Yorkshire for more than seven years, so I’ve learned how to deal with the best and the worst the weather can throw at me.

As it rains a lot in Yorkshire (that’s why it’s so green!), it can be hard to know what to pack and what to wear, and I understand that you don’t want to over-pack or to get caught out in inadequate clothes. This failsafe guide to what to pack for Yorkshire has all the practical essentials and tips you need, no matter when you visit.

What To Pack For Yorkshire | The Practical Essentials

Adventure is all about embracing the weather. To enjoy Yorkshire fully, the best thing to do is use a “layering system” when planning your travel wardrobe – that way you’ll be prepared for all weather conditions.

If you’ve got a formal event or “posh” dinner to attend, slip something dressy into your bag. Otherwise, a couple of pretty tops and a classy pair of jeans are all you need for evenings out, whether in Yorkshire’s vibrant cities or charming rural villages. Chill out, go with the flow and enjoy yourself!

Introducing the Layering System

Learning to use a layering system effectively will keep you warm, dry, and comfortable. The type of layers you need will depend on your activity and the weather conditions. Each layer works independently and builds up into a system, which will equip you perfectly for your Yorkshire adventures.

Top Layer: Waterproof Jacket for Weather Protection

When it comes to knowing what to pack for Yorkshire, a good-quality waterproof jacket should be right at the top of your list. Your coat will protect you against wind and rain. It will also let the moisture and heat from your body escape, so you don’t overheat. Nobody wants to be a hot mess!

Woman hiker wearing yellow waterproof jacket, walking in the Yorkshire Dales - a great example of what to pack for a trip to Yorkshire

I splashed out on a high-quality “breathable” jacket, which packs away into the teeniest of stuff sacks in my daypack. My coat wasn’t cheap, but it was such a good investment – five years on, it’s still going strong, and it’s always kept me dry. On a “price per use” basis, I reckon it’s paid me dividends!

Mid-Layer: Insulation

The mid-layer is usually fleece or an insulated jacket, designed to keep you warm. Like the other layers, your mid-layer needs to be breathable and able to retain heat. Pick your coat based on how warm you want to be and on the weather conditions you anticipate. If it’s freezing, you might need two mid-layers – a lightweight fleece plus an insulated jacket.

  • Down insulated jackets have excellent warmth-to-weight ratios. If you’re determined to have a down jacket, do check that the down is ethically sourced!
  • Synthetic insulated jackets also retain heat after getting wet. Top brands like Under Armour and Rab make great jackets that are not only very lightweight and easy to pack away but will also keep you warm and dry.
  • Fleeces come in different thicknesses and are quick-drying. Look for one with moisture-wicking properties like the Arc’teryx Delta LT Hoodie, so you don’t roast when the temperature varies.

Pro Tip: Avoid cotton mid-layers as cotton retains moisture, and you can get very cold.

When the weather is mild, you might not need anything on top of your mid-layer, however, if it’s cold or wet, you’ll need your waterproof top layer too.

Base Layer: For Moisture Management

The base layer is the one you’ll wear next to your skin. Its purpose is to retain heat and wick away moisture, to regulate your body temperature correctly. 

The best garments to use as base layers are made from Merino wool or synthetic fabrics.

  • Merino wool is the best fabric for insulation and moisture-wicking: clothes made from Merino wool work whether it’s hot or cold, and whatever activity you do. What’s even better is that Merino wool is antimicrobial, which means you won’t get smelly. You’ll need to wash your garments far less often! Take a look at the eco-friendly DILLING Women’s Merino Wool Base Layer – it’s a well-priced option.
  • Synthetic base layers are typically made from polyester and polypropylene – clothes made from these fabrics are the best choice if you’re planning high-intensity activities because they dry very quickly. The IsoCool Dynamic Women’s Long Sleeve Top from Mountain Warehouse is a high-performance garment, great for travel.

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How to use your layers

A (non-strenuous) walk on a balmy, dry day

Don’t layer up on days like this; wear a moisture-wicking base layer to help your sweat evaporate, and you’ll stay cool.

A hilly walk on a warm day in the rain

In addition to your comfortable moisture-wicking base layer, take a second layer to protect you from the weather. An insulated mid-layer will protect you from the wind. In contrast, a waterproof top is essential for those pesky rain showers.

A hilly or mountain hike on a cold/rainy/windy day

On cold days, you’ll want all three main layers. Build up from your base layer, add your insulating mid-layer for warmth, and then your breathable waterproof as protection from the rain. If it turns really cold, especially in winter, out on the Moors or at night, consider wearing two base layers. I frequently wear one base layer with short sleeves, a long-sleeved one on top of it, then my mid-layer, and then the waterproof jacket. It’s not glam, but I’m a warm, happy mama!

You’ll also need…


I’m about as far away from being a fashionista as you can get, but I can tell you that a decent pair of pants is essential. You’ll probably want to pack two pairs/types of trousers for your trip to Yorkshire. Firstly, pack a trusty pair of jeans that fit and flatter – a real asset when you’re travelling.

I love Levi’s Women’s Mile High Super Skinny Jeans – as a menopausal woman with jiggly bits, these awesome jeans make me feel fantastic. Wear your jeans with your favourite sneakers, for comfortable, stylish days of urban exploration

Pro Tip: If you’re planning to visit the Yorkshire Dales or Moors, you’ll need trousers suited for the job. NOT JEANS! Jeans don’t work for hiking – if you get cold or wet, they won’t dry out, and you’ll be at risk of chafing (no girl needs that) and possibly even hypothermia. You need proper walking trousers!

I love my Craghoppers Women’s Kiwi Pro Waterproof Trousers. They’re not as ugly and bulky as some women’s walking trousers, so I don’t feel like Michelin Woman when I’m wearing them. They’re also magic at repelling water, and perfect for long walks in the Yorkshire countryside, even in snow or biting wind.

They are my go-to dog-walking trousers and I always recommend them to friends who ask what to pack for Yorkshire!

what to pack for a trip to Yorkshire


Any trip to Yorkshire is going to mean lots of walking, so comfortable shoes and socks are a “must-have” if you don’t want sore feet! Your favourite sneakers will be perfect for urban exploration. If you’re planning any serious walking in the Yorkshire Dales or Moors, you’ll need sturdier walking shoes.

I love Merrell Women’s Siren Sport Shoes. I have quite large feet, so I love that my Merrells look more like regular sneakers than ugly great “clompy” walking boots, plus (big plus) they last for ages. Did I mention that they’re waterproof too? You’ll need that!


You’ll probably experience rain in Yorkshire at some point! I’d put money on it. Stow a small umbrella in your daypack as a precaution.

A Hat

A beanie or baseball cap is a good idea year-round to help protect your hair from the swirling Yorkshire winds and to keep your head (and ears) out of the cold/rain. Leave the cutesy straw/linen hats at home – the wind will whip them off your head in no time at all!


Yorkshire is brimful of beautiful spots, from fabulous, historic cities, to castles, coastline, waterfalls and winding roads. Wherever you go, you’ll want to capture the scenery, and you don’t need to be a pro to get the most incredible shots. I don’t travel anywhere without my smartphone and my lightweight Canon travel camera.

Luggage and Backpacks

Don’t splash out on new luggage for your trip to Yorkshire if you have great bags already. If you are ready for new luggage, I use American Tourister suitcases because they’re well made, sturdy, stylish, and affordable.

For backpacks, I’ve never even looked at anything but Osprey since I bought my first one, many years ago! My Osprey Fairview 40 is hands down my favourite bag ever!

Related Post: Pro Tips for Packing Hand Luggage

What to pack for Yorkshire, England – by season

Winter: November to March

Yorkshire winters tend to be cold, it rains frequently, and it sometimes snows too. When the cities are cold, the exposed rural areas are even colder, with spells of mist and fog. You’ll need to wrap up well, especially if you’ll be out after sunset.

What to pack for Yorkshire in the Winter:

  • Top Layer – 1 x Waterproof Jacket
  • Mid Layer – 1 x Insulated Jacket (you might also need a lightweight fleece)
  • Base Layer – 2 or 3 Long-Sleeved Zip-Neck Tops
  • 1 x Winter Walking Trousers
  • 1 x Jeans
  • 1 x Waterproof Walking Shoes
  • 1 x Sneakers
  • Warm, Moisture-Wicking Socks
  • Gloves, Hat and Scarf
  • 2 or 3 Pretty Tops (for evenings)
  • Undies
  • Warm Nightwear (trust me, you’ll want it! Thank me later.)

Spring: April and May

Spring in Yorkshire is beautiful, with colourful blooms appearing, trees bursting with new green leaves, and fields full of gambolling baby lambs. While it’s likely to rain occasionally, visiting Yorkshire at this time of year is very special.

In the Spring, the weather can vary wildly in Yorkshire. I’ve seen snow in April, and I’ve seen record high temperatures too. You never know what to expect, so pack a variety of layers to be well prepared. Expect the temperature to drop dramatically after sunset, and always anticipate rain.

What to pack for Yorkshire in the Spring:

  • Top Layer – 1 x Waterproof Jacket
  • Mid Layer – 1 x Insulated Jacket
  • Base Layer – 2 or 3 Long-Sleeved Zip-Neck Tops
  • 1 x Walking Trousers
  • 1 x Jeans
  • 1 x Waterproof Walking Shoes
  • 1 x Sneakers
  • Moisture-Wicking Socks
  • 2 or 3 Pretty Tops (for evenings)
  • Undies

Summer: June to August

If you visit Yorkshire in the summer, you’ll find it crisp and warm, although it may still rain. It can get hot, but don’t bank on it – it’s usually high teens to low twenties Celsius. You won’t need your “big coat”, however, it can still get cold quickly on exposed high ground. Pack a lightweight waterproof jacket that tucks easily into your daypack, even on sunny days.

What pack for Yorkshire in the Summer

  • Top Layer – 1 x Waterproof Jacket
  • Mid Layer – 1 x Fleece
  • Base Layer – 2 or 3 Short-Sleeved Round-Neck or V-Neck Tops
  • 1 x Walking Trousers
  • 1 x Jeans
  • 1 x Waterproof Walking Shoes
  • 1 x Sneakers or Walking Sandals
  • Moisture-Wicking Socks
  • 2 or 3 Pretty Tops (for evenings)
  • Undies

Autumn: September to November

If you go to Yorkshire in the Autumn, you’ll find it fresh, with occasional rain. By November, the temperature will drop, and it will be cold and crisp, with short days and long nights. You might see some snow, particularly in exposed areas and on high ground.

What to pack for Yorkshire in the Autumn:

  • Top Layer – 1 x Waterproof Jacket
  • Mid Layer – 1 x Insulated Jacket
  • Base Layer – 2 or 3 Long-Sleeved Zip-Neck Tops
  • 1 x Walking Trousers
  • 1 x Jeans
  • 1 x Waterproof Walking Shoes
  • 1 x Sneakers
  • Warm Moisture-Wicking Socks
  • 2 or 3 Pretty Tops (for evenings)
  • Undies
  • Warm Nightwear

Year-round travel essentials for Yorkshire

Take a small backpack to carry your daily essentials, including your phone, camera, water bottle, guide book, snacks, sunglasses, sun protection cream, waterproof jacket, umbrella, and your wallet. It’s much more comfortable to carry everything on your back than in a handbag.

Accessories: What to pack for Yorkshire:

  • A plug adaptor – in the United Kingdom, power plugs and sockets are of type G (three rectangular pins in a triangular pattern). The standard British voltage is 230 V, and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.
  • A SIM card that works in the UK
  • Compression packing cubes (monumentally better than standard packing cubes)
  • Backup memory card and camera charger/spare batteries
  • Kindle and charger
  • Power bank

Don’t forget to pack a copy of your travel insurance documents!

Last Words

Working out what to pack for Yorkshire shouldn’t be daunting, so pack with complete confidence, knowing you got everything you need, whatever the weather!

If all else fails, Yorkshire has plenty of shops! It will be straightforward to pick up anything you’ve forgotten while you’re on your trip. All you need is my Yorkshire packing list, and you’ll be well on your way!

Further Reading

I hope this post on what to pack for Yorkshire has been helpful.

Before you go, here are some more Yorkshire guides and resources that you may like as you plan your trip to “God’s Own County”.

  • A complete 1, 2 or 3-day itinerary for Leeds, will help you make the most of your trip to Yorkshire’s cultural capital city.
  • My guide to a weekend in York includes all you need to know about what to do, where to go, and where to eat and stay in York.
  • Knowing what to do in a new city after dark is an essential part of travel planning. See our guide to what to do in York after dark for lots of tips on this subject
  • We are huge fans of combining travel with literature. See our guide to visiting Haworth, the home of the Bronte sisters, to understand why you should visit this beautiful, historic village as soon as you can.
  • If you’re looking for advice on day trips from York, we also have you covered. See our guide to visiting Harewood House, one of the UK’s most elegant stately homes, and the location for the recent “Downton Abbey” movie.
  • If you’re looking for the most Instagrammable places in Leeds, take a look at our detailed guide for some inspiration and locations that might surprise you.

And that’s it for our guide on what to pack for a trip to Yorkshire.

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As always, if you have any questions or comments about this post, or you’d like more tips about what to pack for Yorkshire in general, pop them in the comments below, and I’ll get back to you!