"There are reasons why Yorkshire people
are very proud. Yorkshire is the most sublimely beautiful place -
it's BIG and because it's big there's a grandeur you don't get
anywhere else. It's a stimulus which inspires greatness."
Quote from Michael Parkinson - Yorkshireman.
Yorkshire is also home to TV favourite's like "Emmerdale", "Heartbeat", "Last of the Summer Wine" and "All Creatures Great and Small". North Yorkshire is one of the four 'Ridings' of Yorkshire - England's biggest county. The County of Yorkshire being divided into North, South, East and West ridings. The County Town of York is located in the North Riding.
North Yorkshire has the
market town of Northallerton as its administrative seat and is
further divided into smaller administrative regions of which
Richmondshire is one, with the market town of Richmond as the
North Yorkshire encompasses a number of 'Dales' - valleys cut out of the Pennine Mountains and foothills by glaciers during the ice age. Towards the east coast are the North York Moors, an area of similar origins, yet a completely differing appearance.
To the south are the Wolds, more gentle hills and areas of outstanding national beauty with the flat plains of the Vale of York, surrounding the counties capital city.
The north Yorkshire coast runs south for more than 50 miles from Saltburn-on-sea to Filey through the seaside resorts and hidden gems of Staithes, Sandsend, Whitby, Robin Hoods Bay, Scarborough and many smaller coastal towns and villages.
Richmondshire covers the North West
area of North Yorkshire, bordering Cumbria to the West and County
Durham to the North.
The region includes four of the North Pennine Dales, Coverdale, Wensleydale, Swaledale and Arkengarthdale and also includes the large military garrison and training area at Catterick.
Much of Richmondshire falls within the boundaries of the Yorkshire Dales National Park with the market town of Richmond being it's administrative centre.
Swaledale is considered to be one of the most picturesque valleys in this stunning part of England
and cuts westward from Richmond into the North Pennines for 26
miles to its head below Ravenseat and above Keld on the Pennine Way.
The valley is named after the river Swale that runs through it's length to join the river Ure, then the Ouse through York in it's way to the sea.
The Swale is said to be the fastest running river in England and is prone to floods after heavy rain.
Swaledale is wonderful country for walking with the Pennine way crossing the dale and the Coast to Coast walk running over the Pennines and down the dale through Richmond on its way East.
Since the Tour de France ran down the dale it has also become a destination for cyclists but the roads are narrow and winding and the locals who know them well do not drive slowly so riding a road bike in Swaledale is both dangerous to riders and inconvenient to locals as there are few safe passing places.
The majority of Swaledale is within the boundaries of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and is traditionally reliant on livestock farming as most of the land is too hilly and the soil too poor for arable crop production.
Tourism is now the key industry for the survival of the inhabitants of Swaledale.
Swaledale is famous for its hardy breed of sheep and the spectacular wildflower and buttercup meadows which are a blaze of colour in June and early July. many of the local place names reflect the Nordic origins of some early inhabitants.
Richmond is a beautiful market town in rural North Yorkshire. It is located on the banks of the river Swale, at the mouth of Swaledale.
Founded by the Normans in 1071 the town grew up around the castle built on the 'riche-mont' or 'strong-hill' that gave the town its name and whose massive keep dominates all other buildings around.
The lower end of Scots Dyke runs north
out of Richmond and the town market square with it's Church ,
Green Howards museum and shops set in a group in the centre of
the cobbled offer some insight into how the town was originally
laid out behind the encircling stone walls that tied it in as a
bailey to the normal castle.
Richmond boasts the smallest Georgian Theatre in the country which hosts shows all year round with famous names and unusual performances fitting around shows put on by local drama and musical groups.
The Yorkshire Dales became a National Park in 1954 because of its range of wildlife and their habitats, beautiful scenery and local history.
The National Park covers more than 1773 square
kilometers and is home to an estimated 19,000 + residents.
More than 8.3 million visitors a year come to see the wonderful landscape, wildlife and village life of the Yorkshire Dales.