The North York Moors and most of the Dales sit within North Yorkshire, as well as the Pennine Hills, the Vale of Pickering, the River Swale, the River Ure, the River Ouse, the River Tees, and some of the UK’s most rugged coastlines.The county’s culture has been greatly influenced by those of the people who have ruled the region throughout the ages. There is a strong sense of regional identity, and a notable distinct accent and dialect of the English language. Amongst the county’s traditions, there’s plenty to discover; including the traditional Long Sword dance
(particularly in the East Cleveland area), and the celebration of the annual Yorkshire Day on 1st August.Whilst you’re here, you simply must try some of the local cuisine. Famed for its rich ingredients and flavours, perhaps the most famous dish is the Yorkshire pudding, the staple of any Great British Sunday roast dinner! The area boasts more Michelin-starred restaurants than anywhere else in the country other than the capital – and needless to say, the personal touch is much more prevalent up north. Other food to try out if you haven’t already are Parkin, the county’s famous ginger cake, Yorkshire gingerbread (which contains crystallised ginger within the centre of it), local rhubarb and Wallace and Gromit’s favourite, Wensleydale cheese.