Guest Blog: Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Live in Yorkshire

May 2019

1. Natural Beauty

If you could give one reason to live in Yorkshire, it would be its natural beauty. The northern county is home to some of the most beautiful national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty in the UK:

The Yorkshire Dales National Park

The Yorkshire Dales is the third largest National Park in England covering over 2,000km2 of rolling hills, waterfalls, caves, farms and the finest limestone sceneries in the UK. The dales are full of wildlife with around 100 species of nesting birds, 25 species of butterflies, over 30 species of mammals and hundreds of plant species in the National Park.

Thousands of walkers take up the “Three Peaks Challenge” every year, which involves completing the 24.5 mile circular route, which can take up to 12 hours.

The Yorkshire Three Peaks route can be started in Horton-in-Ribblesdale and was recently listed in the top 5 popular places to hike in the UK by the Ordnance Survey.

The North York Moors National Park

Another popular area to visit in North Yorkshire is The York Moors. This National Park has a stunning variety of natural features including:
- 44,000 hectares of heather moorland
- Ancient woodland and forests
- The River Esk
- 26 miles of stunning coastline
- The Cleveland Hills
- The Urra Moor

The Moors is also filled with history, as the area has over 700 monuments, 3,000 listed buildings, and the oldest surviving Gooseberry Show in the country!

Nidderdale AONB

Nidderdale is one of the most protected areas in the country for wildlife. There are 9 sites of scientific interest and 14 conservation areas, which appeals to many visitors who like to explore the natural wonders. There are many fun activities in the area for friends and family including:
- Climbing
- Canoeing
- Caving
- Horse Riding
- Cycling
- Walking/Hiking

Howardian Hills AONB

This Area of Outstanding Beauty has a rich history with a variety of Iron Age earthworks, castles, historic houses and monasteries. The most popular places to visit are:

- Malton
- Nunnington
- Castle Howard
- Terrington
- Yorkshire Lavender
- Hovingham
- Welburn

With such a vast amount of space and countryside to explore, this had to be our top reason as to why you should live in Yorkshire. 

(Image Source; Yorkshire Life, Castle Howard Lake by Nick Fletcher)

2. Friendly Communities

When you live in Yorkshire, the first thing you will notice is that there is a warm sense of community in the area. People are friendly and greet each other, even if they don’t know each other.

A brilliant example of this community spirit was seen when the local villagers of Hudswell raised £200,000 to save the George and Dragon pub in 2017. This run-down pub is now one of the most popular in the area, winning the North West Yorkshire CAMRA Pub of the Year Award in 2018.*
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3. Living Costs

Compared to the rest of the UK, the cost of living is very good in Yorkshire. According to the ABC finance report, Yorkshire’s average cost of living per household is £7,392 less than in London. Public travel costs are also considerably less than London, as a FirstMonth Adult bus pass in York is £100 cheaper than a London four week travel card* for zones 1-3.

Your average pint of beer is also 77p less compared to the capital* (cheers!).

4. The Food

Home to the delicious Yorkshire pudding, Wensleydale cheese and the Parkin cake, the people in this county are experts in their food. There are 5 Michelin Star restaurants in Yorkshire, more than any other region in England outside of London.

5. The Picturesque Towns and Villages

Yorkshire is home to some of the most prettiest towns and villages in the UK:

Robin Hood’s Bay

This beautiful fishing village sits on the coastline of the North York Moors. It’s a brilliant place to visit for families, with its sandy beach, rock pools and ancient fossils to discover. The narrow, cobbled streets are filled with local cafes, pubs and restaurants, which make the village so vibrant. There are also many coastal and country walks, cycle-paths and bridleways right on the village’s doorstep.

Bishop Monkton

This picture-perfect village is a vibrant, active community, with two pubs, two churches, playgroup facilities, a pre-school, a primary school and numerous clubs including cricket, croquet and bridge. Bishop Monkton itself is perfectly positioned between two of the most renowned national parks in the UK:

• Yorkshire Dales National Park
• North York Moors National Park


Filled with ancient walkways, cobbled alleys and secret passageways, is the market town of Knaresborough. The town sits on the cliffs above the River Nidd, which provides excellent views of the countryside.


Located next to the North York Moors National Park and North Riding Forest Park, Scarborough offers you the chance to experience the hustle and bustle of the town centre, while living close to the tranquillity of the natural forests. Blessed with two beautiful sandy beaches, which are separated by castle ruins, Scarborough is also a very popular place to visit in Yorkshire. There are lots of activities to do and places to visit for all ages, and there are good transport links to travel around the area as well.


Looking to move to Yorkshire?

It’s clear to see that Yorkshire has plenty to offer for all ages. There are many new developments happening in the area for first time buyers, growing families and downsizers alike.

Kebbell, for example, is working on two beautiful developments, which compliment the natural beauty of Yorkshire.

Cornelian Fields, Scarborough

Situated in the thriving community of Middle Deepdale is the third phase of the Cornelian Fields development.

This beautiful collection of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom houses are perfect for first time buyers, growing families and downsizers alike, as these homes display the essential features for a contemporary and comfortable lifestyle.

The Showhome is open Thursday - Monday, 10am - 5pm. To find out more information about Cornelian Fields, please contact us on 01723 586 858 or email

Harvest View - Bishop Monkton

This charming collection of 3, 4 and 5 bedroom homes is situated in the peaceful village of Bishop Monkton in North Yorkshire.  The designs for these distinguished new homes reflects the local character of handsome double fronted stone farm style houses, together with classic barn conversion style homes.

If you would like to visit Harvest View the Showhome is open Friday - Monday, 10am - 5pm. Please contact us on 01765 676567 or email for more information.