This is Y Magazine 2020

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Left: Walking at Janet’s Foss in Malham. Gunnerside Bottoms in Swaledale. Below: Wensleydale Railway. Below left: Keelham Farm Shop.

preserved medieval fortresses in the country. If you begin to feel peckish, a feast of local produce can be found at Keelham Farm Shop. Nearby, The Coniston Hotel Country Estate and Spa not only offer a wonderful rural escape; thrill seekers will enjoy their off-road driving experiences too. Alongside the banks of the River Wharfe, at Bolton Abbey, are the crumbling ruins of its Priory. This landscape is full of legend, soak up the blissful surroundings with a walk along the riverside, through leafy woodland or take a ride on the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway. Enjoy a scenic drive along meandering roads to the pretty town of Hawes. Here you’ll find the fascinating Dales Countryside Museum with galleries and exhibits which tell the story of the people and landscape of the Dales past and present. Cheese lovers should pay a visit to Wensleydale Creamery for a tour of the visitor centre. Not far from here is Aysgarth Falls, a spectacular triple series of waterfalls carved into the River Ure and Hardraw Force, the highest single drop waterfall in England. While delightful heritage railway adventures can be found at Wensleydale Railway, with services

running between Northallerton West and Redmire. The picturesque town of Richmond, next to the River Swale, has hillside streets lined with Georgian architecture and is crowned with the imposing Richmond Castle. A short distance away, surround yourself with sweeping vistas of Swaledale from the beautiful village green at Reeth and find yourself in the heart of local arts and crafts. Handsome Kiplin Hall has a treasure trove of finery within its 17th century walls, while the glorious woodland at Thorp Perrow Arboretum and Bird of Prey & Mammal Centre, Bedale, is home to one of the largest collections of trees in the country, with species from around the world. Everyone will love meeting the adorable meerkats, wallabies and

the magnificent birds of prey too. More amazing family adventures can be found nearby at The Camp Hill Estate with its high ropes, quad biking and Woodland Kingdom. The rolling hills of Hambleton are peppered with charming market towns; Northallerton, Bedale, Easingwold, Stokesley and Thirsk and all still have bustling weekly markets. Thirsk is also home to the world’s most well-known vet, James Herriot, who was made famous by his books and the TV classic All Creatures Great and Small. At the World of James Herriot, in his fully restored 1940s home and surgery, you can see where he lived and worked as a young North Yorkshire vet. Follow The Herriot Trail and visit Wensleydale, Swaledale and Wharfedale to discover the charming villages, historic landmarks and dramatic landscapes that inspired his stories and feature in the old and new 2020 version of the TV series.