Castle Howard in winter
Photographer: Castle Howard
Ryedale’s beautiful market towns offer a perfect short break destination, within 30 minutes travel time of York. Together the market towns of Malton, Norton, Helmsley, Pickering and Kirkbymoorside create a 21-mile high street that’s receiving national recognition. Helmsley holds the title of Britain’s Best Market Town and has Britain’s Best Small Shop 2015 (Hunters of Helmsley), while Malton is hailed as Yorkshire’s Food Capital. Every market square is a shopper’s paradise of award-winning independent shops, tea-rooms and restaurants, world-class attractions and events, markets, and the region’s best arts and crafts. Visitors can immerse themselves in the old-fashioned traditions that have kept this area alive, from a ride on the world’s most popular heritage railway, the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, to the National Bird of Prey Centre at Duncombe Park. There is something to appeal to everyone, from history enthusiast to thrill seeker, and from families looking for fun to those seeking relaxation and seclusion.