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There's so much to enjoy in North Yorkshire it's hard to know where to begin. First off there's York of course, with one of the finest medieval city centres in Europe and of course its majestic  cathedral. Beyond York there's the North York Moors, with its open countryside of big views and dark skies, ancient villages and sweeping forests, rolling moorland and of course a famous coastline. Most of the moors are given over to the North York Moors National Park, and there are two National Park Centres, at Danby and Sutton Bank, to fill visitors in on all there is to see and do. As you might expect, there's terrific walking and cycling to be had – the Cleveland Way National Trail cuts right through the heart of the region (as does part of the Coast-to-Coast walk), while the 'Moor to Sea' cycle network connects moors and coast in a 150-mile series of loops and rides between all the major settlements. Some of the UK's finest ruined abbeys nestle in secluded corners of the moors – Rievaulx is the most famous – while ancient stone crosses, standing stones and Roman roads tell the tale of a long human history here. As for the Dales, much is also contained within the National Park, and its hills have similar appeal for both hardcore walkers and Sunday strollers, along with tumbling waterfalls, underground caves and hidden gorges. There's also a ring of mighty medieval castles and a collection of picturesque market towns and old villages – from arty Grassington and rugged Malham to off-the-beaten-track gems like Reeth in Swaledale or Middleham in Wensleydale. Richmond is the single biggest town in the Dales and anchors the north; Skipton, with its mighty castle and age-old market, does the same for the south.

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