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sits just outside the Yorkshire Dales National Park and is one of the most dramatically-beautiful, architecturally-rich towns in the north of England. Dominated by Richmond Castle - a great Norman castle which occupies a commanding position on a cliff high above the River Swale. The old town huddles around the castle and its imposing walls. Behind this the town's cobbled market place leads into the remarkable Georgian part of town.



The town, famous for its independent school and for being one of Britain's leading 'Book Towns', enjoys an enviable position under the massive backdrop of the Howgill Fells, a magnificent area of rolling hills and open common land which is a walker's paradise. The stone-built market town of Sedbergh (pronounced 'Sed-ber') has a twelfth century Norman church to explore, as well as Castlehaw, the site of an early motte and bailey castle.



A beautiful market town of Upper Wensleydale. It once enjoyed an important position on the eighteenth century Lancaster-Richmond Turnpike road, a memento of which is a coachman's bell high on the wall of one of the town's inns. Modern traffic has replaced the coach-and-four and packhorse trains that once clip-clopped along its narrow streets. Market day (Tuesdays) in Hawes is as busy as ever.


Kirkby Lonsdale

is a photogenic and historic market town in the heart of the Lune Valley. Its many old buildings – often dating back hundreds of years - are clustered around quaint streets and squares. There is now a great range of independent shops, cafes, pubs and hotels which give it a unique atmosphere. Take a walk alongside the river to visit Devil’s Bridge which spectacularly crosses the River Lune.


Kirkby Stephen

in the upper Eden Valley is a vibrant little market town on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are pretty individual shops, galleries, antiques, crafts, a delicatessen and Monday market. The Parish Church is well worth a visit as this is where you will find a Loki Stone - only two of which are known of in Europe.