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Yorkshire Misses Out to Cornwall!

In research commissioned by Sykes Cottages, Yorkshire has come second to Cornwall as the most scenic county in England.

Yorkshire, complete with its two national parks (North York Moors and the Yorkshire Dales) polled 18%, just behind it’s rival Cornwall with 20%!

Yorkshire features over 800 attractions, from World Heritage Sites to mining museums, ruined castles and abbeys, to hands on museums.

You’ll find serene gardens and unique breweries, thrilling rides and industrial heritage. From attractions and museums to sports and galleries, from the history-lover to the inquisitive child, there’s something for everyone.

In third spot was another northern county, Cumbria, scoring 11.5%. The county is best known for containing the Lake District National Park, an area some 30 miles across, containing England’s highest mountains (four over 3000 ft), and some of England’s biggest lakes.

The top ten most picturesque counties in England are listed below and it’s good to see that three of the top ten are in the North!

  1. Cornwall 19.7%
  2. Yorkshire 18.2%
  3. Cumbria 11.5%
  4. Devon 11%
  5. Kent 4.6%
  6. Derbyshire 4.5%
  7. Northumberland 4.1%
  8. Dorset 3.9%
  9. Isle of Wight 3.2%
  10. Gloucestershire 3.1%

Tom Lowes of Sykes Cottages said: ‘Cornwall has always been a favourite destination of ours at Sykes Cottages so we were thrilled to see it top the list.

‘It’s also unsurprising that Yorkshire and Cumbria rank highly thanks to their spectacular National Parks. Yorkshire is also still riding high from the Tour de France last year, and the Tour de Yorkshire in May will no doubt bring more people to the county.

‘What’s clear from this poll is beauty can be found across the UK if you’re looking for it. We have some of the most picturesque landscapes in Europe on our doorstep and there is no excuse not to go out and visit them.’

Yorkshire was a particular favourite among the 18-24 year age group and Yorkshiremen and women themselves, although the same could not be said for all counties on the list.

Taken from article published on Daily Mail website 29th January 2015.

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