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A striking feature of the region is still its diversity of landscape. In the east, between inland Northallerton and the boisterous coastal resorts of Whitby and Scarborough, are the spacious North York Moors, where flat topped heather-clad hills are separated by wooded dales. Since most roads go round rather than through them the moors are strictly for walkers – who can cross the area in an east-west direction on the Lyke Wake Walk between Ravenscar and Osmotherley. A pleasant centre on the southern edge of the moors, now a national park, is Pickering. Almost as rewarding are the Cleveland and Hambleton Hills, the northern and western extensions of the moors. Sights which ought not to be missed are the majestic twelfth-century ruins of Rievaulx Abbey west of Helmsley and Wade’s Causeway, a well-preserved section of Roman road near Hunt House south of Grosmont.

Looping down from seaside Filey to the Humber near industrial Hull are the Wolds, a chalk mass of dry uplands and steep-sided valleys, once used only for sheep grazing but now intensively farmed. In the western half of the region – mainly within the triangle linking Sedbergh, Aysgarth and Skipton – are the sparsely populated and scenic Yorkshire Dales, another national park bisected by the sixty miles long River Ure flowing through Wensleydale. Other dales or valleys, topped by wild fells and stretches of open moor, are Littondale, Wharfedale, Nidderdale, Airedale and – reached via the spectacular Buttertubs Pass – Swaledale. A well-known sight in Airedale is Malham Cove, a great natural amphitheatre 300ft high. Near Hawes In Wensleydale is Hardraw Force, England’s highest waterfall. Often windy and wet, the dales abound in potholes and caverns, the most striking probably being the Victoria Caves beneath Ingleborough Common near Ingleton. The park is crossed by the Dales Way, which follows riverside paths from Ilkley to Windermere.

The east-flowing streams of the dales drop down to the Vale of York, through which the Great North Road rides a ridge not far from the ancient capital and its superb minster.

The low shore of Holderness on the Humber estuary east of the Wolds slopes gradually to Spurn Head, a long spit of sand, but at Boulby near Saltburn in the north are England’s highest cliffs. Along the wholly unspoiled coast between these two places are resorts large and small, most at the edge of firm sands. Near Bridlington is Flamborough Head, with its sea-girt caves and tiny bays enclosing pebble beaches.

Getting around in the east is now made much easier by the Humber bridge, a major feat of engineering which spans the river between Barton on the south and Hessle on the north bank.

Campsites are numerous in the northeast. Those inland are often simple; those on the coast, where the choice is greatest, often well equipped.

For full details of all parks listed on our website, see the latest edition of Camping Caravanning Britain. Priced at £8.50, the book is available from WHSmith, Waterstone's, Blackwell's and other bookshops; alternatively, to order a copy directly click here.

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