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North Yorkshire

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North Yorkshire is a region and administrative county within the Yorkshire in northern England. North Yorkshire covers most of the lands of the traditional North Riding, as well as the northern half of the old West Riding and the northern and eastern fringes of the traditional East Riding. It is the largest county in England.

Cities, towns and villages[edit]

Map of North Yorkshire




  • Appletreewick - delightful village on Troller's Beck, a tributary of the Wharf. Parceval Hall Gardens are worth a visit [1]
  • Austwick - near Clapham and close to unspoiled limestone pavements.
  • Clapham - one of the points for starting up Ingleborough - passing Ingleborough cavern and Gaping Gill, a deep pothole sometimes open to public visits by a boatswain's chair.
  • Gayle - a small village near Hawes that is home to Wensleydale cheese making and is the site of Gayle Mill. This mill, having come only third in the BBC's 'Restoration' programme, has now raised the necessary funding under its own steam and is now open to the public.
  • Grassington - one of the best known villages of the lower part of Wharfedale.
  • Hubberholme - a very small village in Langstrothdale where the chuch has an unusual rood loft and where the ashes of JB Priestley were scattered.
  • Ingleton - fairly large village on the west side of the Dales with an excellent waterfalls walk - unfortunately subject to a charge!
  • Keld, Muker and Reeth - pleasant villages in lovely Swaledale.
  • Kettlewell - in Wharfedale with good walks to Littondale and over the hills or by the Wharfe to Grassington.
  • Malham - small village near Settle with terrific limestone scenery - notably Malham Cove, Gordale Scar and Janet's Foss (a waterfall).
Malham Cove

Other destinations[edit]

2 World famous National Parks:

  • North York Moors fantastic scenery
  • Yorkshire Dales more great scenery
  • Nidderdale - which for some unimaginable reason is not included in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
  • Brimham Rocks - extraordinary rock outcrops - site owned by National Trust.



North Yorkshire has some striking examples of former abbeys, most of which were destroyed at the time of the dissolution under Henry VIII, although the nave of Bolton Priory is still intact because it served as the parish church.

  • Bolton Priory - beautifully situated by the Wharfe with excellent walks and extensive area where children can play (as opposed to a 'play area!') [3]
  • Byland Abbey between Thirsk and Helmsley [4]
  • Fountains Abbey - near Ripon - owned by the National Trust along with the neighbouring Studeley Royal estate. [6] These are possibly the most impressive remains of all.
  • Jervaux Abbey- in Wensleydale below Leyburn - these remains are perhaps the scantiest but
  • Rievaulx Abbey - [7]



Get in[edit]

It is possible to enter Harrogate by train from either Leeds or York, and by bus from Leeds or various towns in the area, such as Wetherby and Knaresborough. The nearest airport is Leeds/Bradford International Airport (LBA) but it is also relatively easy to enter the country through Manchester Airport (MAN). There is also rail from Leeds or Bradford to Skipton and Settle, leading to the scenic Settle - Carlisle railway. Scarborough is accessible by rail from Leeds or York. Northallerton is on the main line from York to Edinburgh.

Get around[edit]

All areas of Harrogate can be easily reached by road, and most areas can be reached by bus using the Harrogate & District local bus service from the bus station in the town centre. Most of the attractions in Harrogate are within walking distance of most of the hotels in town centre.

Each of the national parks has a preserved railway. In the Dales there is the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway [8] and the North York Moors has the North Yorkshire Moors Railway from Pickering to Grosmont with connections to Whitby. [9]

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Monty's Grill Chophouse, St Peters Grove, York Tel. 01904 640099, [10]. Open 7 days a week for luncheon and dinner, this restaurant based in York provides a simple but delightful menu ranging from oysters, T-bone steak and lobster. The Angel, Hetton The Old Sweet Shop A delicios wonderland filled with all kinds of sweets!

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Stay safe[edit]

North Yorkshire is a relatively wealthy, peaceful place to visit and the crime rate is very low. Normal precautions obviously still apply, especially in areas of the larger settlements such as Middlesbrough, York and Selby.

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