North Yorkshire Guide

North Yorkshire is the largest county in England and the most rural of the Yorkshire counties. It has two National Parks within it's boundaries which are the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors.

North Yorkshire has a number of market towns some of which are popular with visitors and our guide below is designed as an introduction to the area.

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Yorkshire Dales

The Yorkshire Dales are 680 miles square of an upland limestone area with 20 dales. They were designated as a national park in 1954 and the majority of it lies in North Yorkshire, while there is some in West Yorkshire. .....Read More

North York Moors

The North York Moors, sometimes referred to as North Yorkshire Moors is a National Park to the east of North Yorkshire. It is a large expanse of heather moorland with rolling hills. The east of the Moors is bounded by the Yorkshire coast while the West boundary is the Cleveland and Hambleton Hills.......Read More


Harrogate is a Spa town and is one of the most visited towns in North Yorkshire. The first spring was found by William Slingsby in 1571 who realised that the water from Tewit's Well had some special properties. During the next few centuries and especially in the Victorian and Edwardian eras, Harrogate grew in importance as the quest for health and healing became very fashionable......Read More


Knaresborough is located on the River Nidd, 4 miles east of Harrogate is and is near a limestone gorge. It has 2 bridges known locally as the High and Low bridge plus a railway viaduct. Like Harrogate, Knaresborough is also a Spa town.....Read More

Robin Hood's Bay

Robin Hood's Bay is between Whitby and Scarborough on the coast. The name of the village is intriguing as there is no evidence that Robin Hood visited the area. ......Read More


Scarborough is one of the largest resorts on the Yorkshire coast. The town has a population of 50,000 that swells in the summer months. Scarborough has 2 bays , the North and South, separated by a large headland that has the ruins of Scarborough castle on it which dates back to the 11th century


York is a grand walled city located at the confluence of the River Ouse and the River Foss. Although not politically part of North Yorkshire, it would not be appropriate to have a guide to the area without mentioning it.Read More