From the cliffs on its coastline to the 2,000ft hill of Whernside over 100 miles away, North Yorkshire is England’s largest county and its almost totally rural. York is at its centre and lies mid way between London and Edinburgh. With its Minster, city walls and medieval streets it makes it one of the places to visit in Britain.
The area has two national parks: the North Yorkshire Moors and the Yorkshire Dales. The Moors stretch inland from the coast and is dotted with distinctive red tile roofed villages. The Dales are made up of a number of river valleys cut off from one another by steep hills. Panoramic scenery and startling natural features such as Malham Cove, the source of the river Aire.
Between the cliffs of the headlands on the coast are wide sandy bays with fishing ports, now largely holiday resorts.
The Vale of York runs between the two National Parks and home to the genteel Spa town of Harrogate, the cathedral town of Ripon and the castellated town of Richmond.
You’ll find castles, abbeys and stately homes, such as Castle Howard set in the rolling Howardian Hills.