"God's own country!" Top 5 Page for this destination North Yorkshire by Sjalen

North Yorkshire Travel Guide: 3,567 reviews and 9,313 photos

The words above are not my own, but frequently used by locals to describe Yorkshire. Sure, Yorkshire is divided into several counties, but North Yorkshire is the most rural of them all and also England's biggest county.

One of my favourite places on Earth, it is a county with no less than two national parks. The Yorkshire Dales to the west, along the Pennine Hills, and the North York Moors to the east, reaching to the North Sea coast. In the middle lies the flat agricultural plain called the Vale of York, with the historic county capital of York. The Yorkshire Dales consist of several dales (valleys) with green hills, high fells and lots of sheep and stone villages. Just like you imagine England. There are also lots of peculiar limestone rock formations and caves to be discovered here for the adventurous. The North York Moors on the other hand lies on a huge plateau, which gives great views of spectacular drops and if you visit in August, there is heather everywhere, sometimes with sheep hidden amongst it. Here, houses are in a brighter stone and with red brick roofs rather than slate.

People here are very down to earth and quite outspoken and won't hesitate to say what they really think, even if it might offend you. They can be quietly pondering something, but also talkative as few and will tell you anything about Yorkshire which they think you might be interested in. Contrary to what people in the South of England believe, they do not all own whippets and walk around saying "Eh ba gum" but they do own flat hats :))) As North Yorkshire's biggest city is York with only 120 000 people or so, you can imagine that you come here to walk, ride, look at castles and monastery ruins, visit the seaside or have fun at agricultural fairs rather than clubbing or shopping, but don't think that there are no shops or clubs or that you will be bored. This big county has something surprising around the corner everywhere and I consider myself priviliged to have lived here for a while.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:scenic, full of castles and history
  • Cons:poor rural public transport
  • In a nutshell:Lovely lambs on green and windy moors
  • Last visit to North Yorkshire: Apr 2010
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Feb 26, 2007 at 5:34 AM

    The York-Whitby bus takes two and 1/4 hours and runs three times a day. If you catch the bus there in the morning, you have to leave three hours later to catch the last bus back to York. . Best avoided, unless you want to spend all day sitting on a bus.

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    Sep 11, 2006 at 10:25 AM

    It's obvious you love Yorkshire Charlotta! -- excellent page and photos -- having started to explore my own country more this year I've got North Yorks on my list for next year -- quite a few places here I've not been to, so thanks for the information.

  • kirmarsh's Profile Photo
    Sep 3, 2006 at 4:07 AM

    I have not been to north yorkshire since i was a child but reading your site brought back lots of memories, and i will be visting again soon. thanks

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