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little lost sheep
checks his navigation in North Yorkshire county, England, a
terrific location for orienteering as it happens...now, where's
that Bo Peep lass?
hosts some superb hiking, biking and riding in magnificently
satisfying expanses of rolling green scattered with old villages,
ancient dry-stone walls and rampant sheep but can be wind and
rain blasted so a certain tolerance of variable weather conditions
- and clothing to suit- is useful for full enjoyment of this
best outdoor action in North England - apart from the stunning
District or a stroll along Hadrian's
Wall on the Scottish border - is in Yorkshire's
Dales (pictured above and below) to the west or the bleak North
York Moors on and around the east coast.
The Yorkshire Dales are a terrific activity base if ever-changing weather is not a problem - hiking, biking, riding, gliding....
Ingleborough Panorama © Stephen Whitaker
Yorkshire Dales, Clapham Village, a traditional northern habitat in the springtime.
© David Hughes
Haworth's blackstone village is
a literary pilgrimage point on the moors, the Georgian home
of the Bronte sisters and approximate setting of classics such
as 'Wuthering Heights' and 'Jane Eyre'; Haworth and neighbouring
moors give Bronte lovers a real taste of the environment that
inspired the best sellers and films.
(the highest part of Rombalds Moor) in West Yorkshire, near
the spa town of Ilkley, was the inspiration for the well-known
Yorkshire song 'On Ilkla Moor Bah 'tat'. Apart from moorland
hiking etc. there are prehistoric rock carvings in the
Yorkshire's number one city attraction
is medieval York,
once England's second city.
Sheffield is another worthwhile
large Yorkshire city, though not of the ancient sort, more of
a well-regenerated industrial city with some terrific new architecture
and exuberant nightlife.
Otherwise Yorkshire's best urban offerings are smaller, tranquil
historic towns such as Whitby and
Harrogate spa town, North Yorkshire
Walking the Goredale Scar, Yorkshire Dales
© Gary Dyson
Scarborough seaside resort, Yorkshire. Next, Newcastle Pictures.
© Rob Ford