North Yorkshire

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North Yorkshire, undisputedly the best of all the Yorkshires and home to some amazing places. Over 40% of this beautiful county is National Parks. The Yorkshire Dales to the west and sperated by the Vale of York, The North York Moors to the East.
Spread across the 3000 square mile expanse are towns and villages like no other place in the county. Indutrious farmers working the land agginst a stunning backdrop of hills and dales.
Home to the three peaks challenge North Yorkshire is popular with hillwakers, climbers, fell runners, ramblers, potholers, cyclists – any kind of outdoor activity and you’ll find people heading here to take place.
Little market towns such as Settle, Skipton, Pickering and Helmsley and popular with summer visitors coming to see the chocolate-box buildings and cobbled streets, a far cry from the city streets filled with big chain stores.

National Parks

The Yorkshire Dales, easily remembered for its dry stone walling and undulating landscape is home to many villages and hamlets and plays host to visitors throughout the year to take in its scenic beauty. The Dales gets its name from the Nordic word ‘dal’ meaning valley. Most of the valleys, or dales, are named after the river thye were created from, except Wensleydale.
The Dales are popular with all outdoors types and especially cavers who take advantage of the complex cave systems formed underneath the dales caused by limestone foundations and walkers who like to complete the many idyllic walks in the area including the competitive ‘Dales Way’

The North York Moors, easily recognisable from its purple and brown heather moorland is one of the largest expanses in the UK and its hilly structure cause my a shift in the landscape causing the bedrock to tilt and expose the different layers , which then eroded at different speeds.
Urra Moor is the highest of the 23 hills in the North Yorkshire Moors and a popular walk for visitors and many of the 25,000 residents who inhabit the National Park.

Towns in North Yorkshire:

Harrogate is a spa town situated near the Yorkshire Dales. In the 16th century it became popular with tourists after the mineral spring was discovered to have the same mineral qualities as water from the Belgian town of Spa, which was famous for its medicinal purposes. Wealthy, but sickly visitors arrived from across the country and ever since the toen has been popular with tourists. During the second World War Harrogate played host to government officials evacuated from London, accomodated them and facilitated their meetings and discussions, this then paved the way for Harrogate as a conference and exhibition centre, duties the town is still popular for today.


Skipton, although used to be part of ‘West Riding of Yorkshire’ is now fortunate enough to be firmly classified as part of beautiful North Yorkshire and it certainly holds its own when compared to other towns and villages. The building of Skipton Castle in 1090 encouraged urbanisation due to the protection offered. The community thrived trading in sheep and woollen products and got its name due to the old English word for sheep, sceap, and tun, meaning town or village, so Skipton is directly named as Sheeptown. (I bet the Welsh are jealous). During the 20th century the economy shifted and the majority of the Skipton economy is based around tourism, and rightly so with it being such a picturesque addition to the county.

Ripon, the 4th smallest city in England is best known for its Cathedral, racecourse and market. It’s less known for its production of spurs, yes the type you wear if you are a cowboy, and of course Lightwater Valley, home of Europe’s longest rollercoaster and the second longest in the world. (Highest or fastest would have been great but I’m sure we’re all pleased with longest.) Ripon is a popular tourist destination, no doubt because of its two UNESCO sites Studley Royal Park and the historical, and photographer’s favourite, Fountains Abbey.




Image credits: Main, Harrogate, Fountains Abbey


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