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Yorkshire
With a population as big as Scotland’s, and an area half the size of Belgium, Yorkshire is
almost a country in itself. It even has its own flag (a white rose on a blue background), its
own distinctive dialect (known as ‘Tyke’) and its own official celebration (Yorkshire Day, 1
August). Needless to say, while Yorkshire folk are proud to be English, they’re even prouder to
be natives of ‘God’s Own Country’, as they (only half-jokingly) refer to their home patch.
The region’s roots are in 9th-century Danelaw, a Viking-governed area that roughly coincides with the boundaries of today’s Yorkshire. It was originally divided into three parts – the
North, West and East Ridings. Today it’s split into four separate counties: South Yorkshire,
West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire and the East Riding of Yorkshire.
So what is it that make Yorkshire so special? First there’s the landscape – from the dark,
brooding moors and lush, green dales that roll their way to the dramatic cliffs of the coast,
Yorkshire has some of England’s most beautiful scenery; more than a third of the county’s
area lies in the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors national parks.
Second, there’s the sheer breadth of history – here you can explore virtually every facet of
the English experience, from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, in abbeys, castles, historic
houses, medieval cities, industrial monuments and urban playgrounds.
But ultimately, Yorkshire’s greatest appeal lies in its people. Proud, industrious and opinionated, with a wry wit always ready to puncture the first signs of pomposity, they have a warmth
and friendliness that breaks through any initial gruffness. Stay here for any length of time
and you’ll come away believing, like the locals, that God is indeed a Yorkshirewoman.
YORKSHIRE

HIGHLIGHTS
„ Exploring the medieval streets of York (p621) and its awe-inspiring cathedral
„ Pulling on your hiking boots and striding out

across the moors of the Yorkshire Dales (p605)
North Yorkshire
Moors Railway

„ Chilling out in Leeds (p593): shopping, eating,

drinking, dancing
„ Being beside the seaside at Scarborough (p638)

Scarborough

Yorkshire Dales
National Park

with its traditional bucket-and-spade atmosphere
York

„ Riding on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway

(p645), one of England’s most scenic railway lines
„ Discovering mining’s dark side at the National

Coal Mining Museum for England (p601)

„ POPULATION: 4.96 MILLION

„ AREA: 5958 SQ ...
YORKSHIRE
With a population as big as Scotland’s, and an area half the size of Belgium, Yorkshire is
almost a country in itself. It even has its own flag (a white rose on a blue background), its
own distinctive dialect (known as ‘Tyke’) and its own official celebration (Yorkshire Day, 1
August). Needless to say, while Yorkshire folk are proud to be English, they’re even prouder to
be natives of ‘God’s Own Country’, as they (only half-jokingly) refer to their home patch.
The region’s roots are in 9th-century Danelaw, a Viking-governed area that roughly coin-
cides with the boundaries of today’s Yorkshire. It was originally divided into three parts – the
North, West and East Ridings. Today it’s split into four separate counties: South Yorkshire,
West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire and the East Riding of Yorkshire.
So what is it that make Yorkshire so special? First there’s the landscape – from the dark,
brooding moors and lush, green dales that roll their way to the dramatic cliffs of the coast,
Yorkshire has some of England’s most beautiful scenery; more than a third of the county’s
area lies in the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors national parks.
Second, there’s the sheer breadth of history – here you can explore virtually every facet of
the English experience, from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, in abbeys, castles, historic
houses, medieval cities, industrial monuments and urban playgrounds.
But ultimately, Yorkshire’s greatest appeal lies in its people. Proud, industrious and opinion-
ated, with a wry wit always ready to puncture the first signs of pomposity, they have a warmth
and friendliness that breaks through any initial gruffness. Stay here for any length of time
and you’ll come away believing, like the locals, that God is indeed a Yorkshirewoman.
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POPULATION: 4.96 MILLION AREA: 5958 SQ MILES CALORIES IN A YORKSHIRE
‘FAT RASCAL’ : 350
HIGHLIGHTS
Exploring the medieval streets of York ( p621 ) and its awe-inspiring cathedral
Pulling on your hiking boots and striding out
across the moors of the Yorkshire Dales ( p605 )
Chilling out in Leeds ( p593 ): shopping, eating,
drinking, dancing
Being beside the seaside at Scarborough ( p638 )
with its traditional bucket-and-spade atmosphere
Riding on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway
( p645 ), one of England’s most scenic railway lines
Discovering mining’s dark side at the National
Coal Mining Museum for England ( p601 )
Scarborough
for England
Mining Museum
National Coal
North Yorkshire
Moors Railway
York
Yorkshire Dales
National Park
Leeds
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