"North Yorkshire - So Much To See" Top 5 Page for this destination North Yorkshire by nickandchris

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Lots To See And Do....

The county of North Yorkshire encompasses the Dales, The Moors and the Vale Of York, spreading it's boundaries as far west as Settle and Skipton, north to Richmond, east as far as the coast at Filey and south to Selby.

The Yorkshire Dales are split into different valleys, following the rivers of the same names and provide spectacular walking country. Fields of sheep and cattle are bordered by drystone walls with small, pretty villages breaking up the countryside. Here,accommodation can be found for the many tourists who wish for a slice of outdoor life. Castles and priories abound, there's never one too far away in the Dales.

North York Moors

To the north and east, the north York Moors is one of the UK's largest expanse of heatherland moors, extending in the east to the north sea coast's cliffs and sandy beaches. It is probably better known for the steam railway that runs from Pickering to Grosmont and also to Whitby. Hugely popular, especially when themed days operate, it features in the TV programme Heartbeat.

The moors also offer excellent walking and many attractive villages offer refreshment in local pubs and tearooms. The rolling countryside on the slopes of the moors are divided into large fields, with hedges bordering rather than walls and agricultural farming mixes well with tourism.

Here, priories and abbeys are to be explored, Mount Grace and Rievaulx being a couple on the beaten track.

The North Yorkshire Moors became a National Park in 1982.

The Vale Of York

This part of North Yorkshire, we don't really know well, it being more populated and with flatter, less exciting countryside. Much of the landscape is taken up with flood plains from the major rivers, Ouse, Derwnt and Wharfe where the flat, largish fields are mainly found to grow arable crops. Like the moors, these are bounded by hedges, and woodland is scant.

The Vale of York is borderd by the Pennines, to the west, Yorkshire Wolds to the east, Vale of Mowbray to the north and the Humber estuary to the south. It provides the north - south transport corridor for northern England

York is the area's largest place, being one of England's most ancient cities and a mega tourist destination.

I have to say, I find this part of North Yorkshire boringly flat and mainly tedious, probably because I live in a hilly region of northern England.


Pros and Cons
  • Pros:You can still find lesser known places.... just.
  • Cons:Too popular and crowded in places.
  • In a nutshell:Greatly varying landscapes in this vast area.
  • Last visit to North Yorkshire: Oct 2015
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Jul 1, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    It looks like you got swallowed up in forbidden corner. The scenery and castles/ruins are so wonderful. You did a splendid job of showing the sites and the pictures great.

  • hopang's Profile Photo
    Oct 20, 2009 at 7:49 AM

    Superb North Yorkshire travel page complete with amazing photographs. Aysgarth Falls, Skipton Castle, Castle Boston and Brimham Rocks certainly look stunning. Thanks for the virtual tour. ~ho & pang

  • ranger49's Profile Photo
    May 7, 2009 at 2:27 PM

    I'm looking forward to a visit to this area very soon and, as always, found your pages both interesting and helpful.

  • easterntrekker's Profile Photo
    Sep 13, 2008 at 1:47 PM

    Great pages. The castles look like they are right from a fairytale!!

  • Cristian_Uluru's Profile Photo
    Jan 29, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Wonderful page!!! I love the UK countryside with castles and churches!!! The steam train shuold be great!!! Thanks for sharing! ciao

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Nov 27, 2007 at 7:43 AM

    I'm always impressed by the huge and eminently permanent castles and churches built by the Normans shortly after the Conquest. It seems that those folks really intended to stay! Interesting comprehensive texts and fine photos on this page.

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Nov 23, 2007 at 8:42 AM

    I love ruined castles & wild natural scenery = I see NY has both

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Nov 6, 2007 at 8:37 AM

    Nice waterfall. Will revisit when your tips are done :)

  • Gillybob's Profile Photo
    Oct 30, 2007 at 8:02 AM

    Looking forward to seeing this page develop - already some great photos! Gillybob greetings

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