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Fancy meeting a paper-maker deep in a forest, or a moorland glass-blower? The North York Moors is fabulous for arts and crafts, with dedicated artists hard at work in even the most remote of hamlets and dales. There's usually a fair selection showing their wares too at the National Park visitor centres at Danby and Sutton Bank. Other than the arty-crafty stuff, food is the thing in this part of North Yorkshire. Helmsley in particular is full of independent outlets – from bakeries to fishmongers – tucked away down narrow alleys. Pickering too is great for a wander, boasting traditional butcher's shops, old-fashioned bakeries and other yesteryear stores. Both towns also have good weekly markets, though king of the local farmers' markets is at pretty little Hovingham. Nearest big supermarkets are in Whitby, Thirsk, Middlesbrough or York.

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