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Bedale - Attractive small market town in the Vale of York which lies betwen the Dales to the west and the North Yorkshire Moors to the east. In town centre is Bedale Hall, a Georgian mansion, which has a museum.

Catterick Garrison - Catterick is named after the medieval bridge that crosses the River Swale, two miles below the ancient town of Richmond in North Yorkshire. The remains of the Roman military camp Cataractonium, which is thought to translate into, “camp on the water” can be discovered at Bainesse Farm but today the area has been transformed into a modern army garrison town with excellent training rgound nearby.

Situated in North Yorkshire, close to the historic town of Richmond, there are a number of scenic attraction including the North Yorkshire Moors and the Yorskshire Dales Park which can be explored, by foot, car or steam railway. It is in this area that the famous Heartbeat television series was filmed. A day at the Catterick races is another enjoyable excursion.

For further information why not check out the North Yorkshire County Council website.

Filey - Six miles down the coast from Scarborough. A bracing seaside place with good sands under high cliffs. There are remains of a Roman harbour and a Norman church. Filey Brigg is an odd projecting ridge of low rocks that can be walked over at low tide. It is the starting point of two walks: the Wolds Way and the Cleveland Way.

Hawes - In Upper Wensleydale. An excellent centre for the fells and dales of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Contains Upper Dales Folk Museum on Pennine Way. To the west is Sedburgh with National Park Information Centre. Settle to Carlisle railway passes nearby. Hardraw Scar, one of the finest waterfalls in England, has a fall of nearly 100 feet.

Knaresborough - A picturesque market town, close to Harrogate, overlooking the River Nidd. Its vast Norman Castle, which is perched high on a rock, retains four of its towers and its 14th century Keep. There is an 11th century chapel with chambers hewn out of the rock. Prophetess Mother Shipton is reputed to have been born here in 1488. Dropping well allows objects to be petrified by coating of mineral deposits.

Malton - Seventeen miles north east of York. An attractive old-world town in the valley of the Derwent, of Roman origin, with an old church. Local museum. Nearby atrraction, Castle Howard, one of the finest houses in Britain, used for the filming of Brideshead Revisited. Eden Camp close to the town, is an unusual recreation of World War II life based on a prisoner of war camp.

Pickering - Twenty four miles south east of Middlesborough. An attractive market town at the southern edge of the north Yorkshire moors, (National Park) with magnificent 15th century mural paintings in the old church, and ruined Norman castle in which Richard II was imprisoned. North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway runs for 18 miles through the park to Whitby.

Richmond - Richmond, the County town of Richmondshire in North Yorkshire is a pretty market town dominated by its Norman Castle, which was built by Alan Rufus, the 1st Earl of Richmondshire in 1071. Its tower offers great views over the town’s medieval cobbles and fine market place, a beautiful sight which it’s historic prisoners including, William the Lion and David II, may have looked out across. Following the Norman Conquest, when William the Conqueror gave lands to Alan Rufus, Richmond started to take shape as a market town and as well as building the first stone built keep in England, Rufus built a protective stone wall around his land.

Richmond has been described as the most romantic town in the North of England, located on edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, at the foot of Swaledale. It stands up nobly above the river, which winds its way under the high rock, and it’s banks house the fine Abbey of Easby. Today Richmond’s mix of heritage and proximity to the Yorkshire Dales, has transformed it into a major tourist attraction and a popular filming location with Hollywood film directors.

Embracing the town’s history are a number of museums including Richmondshire Museum which holds exhibits from the stone age to the 1950’s and tells the story of the areas local industry, and Green Howard’s Museum, dedicated to the history of the North Yorkshire and Teeside Armoured Infantry Regiment.

Settle - Fascinating busy Yorkshire market town on south west edge of Yorkshire Dales. Local caves have produced prehistoric finds. Starting point for railway line to Carlisle. Nearby to east is famous Malham Cove. On the River Ribble. Ideal centre for climbing Ingleton and exploring the limestone pot-holes and caves.

Tadcaster - On the Wharfe, midway between Leeds and York, famous as a brewing town. Once a Roman station named Calcaria. The Roman road from London to Edinburgh runs through it. The ruins of the castle were used to build the nine-arched bridge. The Battle of Marston Moor (1644) was fought on one side of the town and to the south at Towton Heath was the biggest battle ever fought on British soil with 50,000 soldiers joining forces in March 1461 during the Wars of the Roses.

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