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North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire is the largest county in England covering 3,000 square miles. Its many rural attractions include the Yorkshire Dales in the Pennine Hills to the west of the county, and the North Yorkshire Moors to the east. Both of these National Parks are designated areas of outstanding natural beauty. North Yorkshire also boasts a spectacular coastline along its eastern edge.

Urban areas include the historic city of York, with its excellent shopping and numerous attractions, as well as many bustling market towns. Transport links include the A1(M), A66(M) and A1, as well as the East Coast Mainline, the North TransPennine line and the Grand Central London to Sunderland line.

York

The 2000-year-old city of York attracts visitors from all over the world and is renowned for its many historic attractions, including York Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe, the Jorvik Viking Centre and the National Railway Museum. Other major points of interest are the city's medieval walls, its medieval shopping district, The Shambles, and Clifford's Tower. Today, the city is a thriving commercial and cultural centre with modern and traditional shopping facilities, numerous cafes, bars and restaurants and a lively nightlife. The city has a respected university, famous racecourse and two main theatres.

York has excellent road and rail links to the rest of Yorkshire and further south to the Midlands and London and the South-East.

Knaresborough

Knaresborough is mentioned in the Domesday Book and its castle dates back to Norman times. This busy market town with its riverside walks and cafes is built on a crag-top setting on a gorge of the River Nidd. The town attracts many visitors to see its historic sites, including the famous Mother Shipton's Cave, as well as to enjoy its busy calendar of social events including the long-established Wednesday market, the annual Edwardian Fair, Knaresborough Fun Run and Knaresborough Bed Race.

Knaresborough is on the Harrogate train line from Leeds to York and is about four miles from the A1.

Easingwold

Easingwold is at the heart of North Yorkshire to the north of the ancient city of York. The town originally developed from two separate settlements, one Viking and one Saxon, living either side of a common market square. Today, the traditional market square retains its Georgian character and regular Friday markets are held as well as fairs twice a year. Easingwold boasts a number of award-winning delicatessens and restaurants and the town is also ideally located for walking trips in the beautiful surrounding countryside.

York is just a short drive away from Easingwold on the A19, while the nearest railway stations are at Hammerton and Cattal.

Selby

Located 12 miles south of York, Selby sits on the banks of the River Ouse and is famous for the magnificent Selby Abbey, founded in 1069 by Benedict. This growing market town is just one hour's drive from the North Yorkshire coastline, and a short drive away from York on the A19. Shopping facilities include traditional Victorian shops and a street market located in front of the Abbey. The town's waterfront area has benefited from recent investment and shopping complexes, including Three Lakes Park, are located on the outskirts of the town.

Train services run from Selby to London, Leeds, Manchester and York.

Boroughbridge

Boroughbridge is a small town about 13 miles north-west of York close to the A1. Its many old inns and quaint buildings testify to its history as an old coaching stop on the Great North Road. The town's market square is still cobbled and there are a number of traditional shops and tearooms as well as pleasant walks along the canal. Plenty of fishing is available along the canal's steep banks and a marina can be found on the River Ure which runs through the town. A mile away are the ‘Devil's Arrows', three stones erected in the Bronze Age.

Malton

The market town of Malton is built on an old Roman settlement and is located north of the River Derwent, the historic boundary between the North and East Ridings of Yorkshire. Malton now offers a lively café and restaurant culture and many traditional independent shops, as well as a regular Saturday market and monthly farmers' market. Other points of interest include a Roman fort and Gilbertine priory. It is the closest town to Castle Howard. Malton is about 20 miles from York on the A64. The TransPennine Express runs through Malton Railway Station and fast trains go to Scarborough, York, Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool.

Helmsley

Helmsley is a traditional and unspoilt market town located on the edge of the North York Moors. A popular centre for walkers, the town's market cross is a starting point for England's longest footpath journey, the Cleveland Way. Helmsley has four former coaching inns, castle ruins dating back to about 1200 which tower over the town, and an impressive Baroque mansion, Duncombe Park. The Helmsley Arts Centre offers a broad range of theatre, music, cinema, comedy, poetry, talks, exhibitions and workshop activities.

A street market is held every Friday in the marketplace.

Helmsley is on the A170 between Thirsk and Scarborough. The nearest railway stations are at Malton, York and Scarborough.

Pickering

The historic market town of Pickering lies between York and the North Yorkshire coast and is the official gateway to the North York Moors National Park. Pickering is the southern terminus of the famous North Yorkshire Moors Railway, at 18 miles the second longest heritage line in the UK. The ruined Pickering Castle lies on the edge of the moor and the town is overlooked by the spire of the parish church Saint Peter & Saint Paul. Pickering is an important tourist centre and there are two main shopping areas as well as an outdoor market every Monday. A jazz festival is held every year in the town in July.

Pickering is on the main A170 road which links Scarborough with Thirsk.

Kirkbymoorside

Kirkbymoorside lies midway between Helmsley and Pickering and offers a good range of pubs, restaurants and local shops. This small and quiet market town is about 25 miles north of York and has a wide main street, cobbled on either side, with fine examples of Georgian houses. Kirkbymoorside boasts a celebrated brass band, formed about 200 years ago and now regarded as one of the best in the country. The town is located on the A170 road between Thirsk and Scarborough and is ideally situated for visits to the North York Moors National Park, about a mile to the north.

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