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Fountaine Inn Yorkshire Dales near Skipton Best Place to Stay

‘My Yorkshire, a land of pure air, rocky streams and hidden waterfalls’ was how the celebrated vet Alf Wight (better known as James Herriot) described his adopted home. The words are certainly apt and well chosen. Long after Wight wrote his best-selling books about life among the animals and farming folk of this glorious region, thousands of visitors from far and wide travel to the landscape he loved so dearly, to see for themselves the magical moors, gentle dales, ruined abbeys and picturesque market towns that formed the backdrop to his life and work.

Not surprisingly, walking holidays feature prominently on the list of outdoor pursuits in this part of the country. There are countless footpaths and bridleways to explore and miles of long-distance trails across vast open moorland and through tranquil meandering valleys.

An easier, more comfortable way of exploring much of North Yorkshire’s scenic landscape is by train. A ride on the famous Settle-Carlisle railway represents one of the region’s more memorable train journeys. Carriages are regularly filled with visitors in search of stunning scenery through the train windows and they are not often disappointed. There is also the North Yorks Moors railway that takes visitors from Pickering to Grosmont.

Elsewhere, in the beautiful city of York, filled with history and popular visitor attractions, you’ll find numerous locomotives on show at the National Railway Museum. Also worth a visit are The York Minster and City Walls, the Yorvik Viking Museum and the Castle Museum.

Consider a visit to the RHS Harlow Carr Gardens in Harrogate, open all year round including 58 acres packed full of nature and plants for visitors to explore plus it is home to the national rhubarb collection!


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York, North Yorkshire, YO1 8AQ

In a Nutshell: Fabulous city location for this elegant townhouse with a quirky interior, crowd-pleasing menu and stylish bedrooms.

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The Lister Arms

Malham, North Yorkshire, BD23 4DB

In a Nutshell: Old coaching inn in the glorious Dales close to Malham Tarn; good walking, wholesome food and cosy rooms

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The White Swan Inn

Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7AA

In a Nutshell: Perfect for exploring the Moors, ease into this grand old town centre inn with its quirky, immaculate bedrooms.

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