Ryedale is a popular tourist resort and flourishes year on year; its position between the historically important and medieval York and the heritage coastline around Scarborough underlines its importance. The foothills of the North York Moors National Park are within Ryedale adding further character and popularity to the area.
There are many attractions to enhance a great day out around Ryedale, some suggestions include:
Eden Camp: Award winning World War II museum, lying just to the north of Malton
(01653) 697777 www.edencamp.co.uk
Flamingo Land: One of the countries best known theme parks and zoo, Kirby Misperton
(08707) 528000 www.flamingoland.co.uk
Beck Isle Museum: An atmospheric look at the area’s rural past, located in Pickering
(01751) 473653 www.beckislemuseum.org.uk
Ryedale Folk Museum: A look at the social and industrial history of the moors, Hutton Le Hole
(01751) 417367 www.ryedalefolkmuseum.co.uk
North York Moors Railway: Take a steam trip from Pickering to Whitby taking in Adensfield, Heartbeat Country (Goathland)
(01751) 472508 www.nymr.co.uk
Malton Squash Club: 200 members, 3 courts, facilities for tennis and bowls also (01653) 693139 www.maltonsquash.co.uk
Visit Ryedale, brilliant website from Ryedale District Council covering a host of interesting information about the area, accommodation, things to do, events www.visitryedale.co.uk
Scampston Walled Garden, stunning contemporary walled garden part of the parkland of the Scampston Estate; the garden includes a restaurant and nursery sales area. www.scampston.co.uk/gardens 01944 759111
Ryedale is a predominantly rural area covering some 575 square miles and geographically, is the largest district in North Yorkshire. Ryedale is rich in agriculture, occupying a relatively central flat plain encircled by the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to the south west, the Yorkshire Wolds to the south east and the southern slopes of the North York Moors National Park lie to the north.
The district population of 51,000 is concentrated in the twin towns of Malton and Norton, where the administration centre has been established. Other notable settlements include Pickering, Kirkbymoorside and Helmsley.
Its economy thrives on agriculture, food and tourism. Notable tourist attractions include Eden Camp, the wartime museum; Ryedale Folk Museum and Flamingo Land, the family fun theme park.