When you live and work here, you can enjoy easy access to all four corners of Yorkshire. You will want to make the most of it.
The western side of the Harrogate area contains the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a stunning mix of moorland, valleys and woodland that contains some of the best walking and cycling Yorkshire has to offer.
Yorkshire is home to two National Parks. The Yorkshire Dales is a steep-sided landscape of long winding valleys forged by prehistoric glaciers carving through the limestone. Each of the dales has its own character and community, a treasure trove of idyllic villages, patchwork fields and gentle riverside walks, often interspersed with the tell-tale signs of past human activities and long forgotten industries.
To the east, the North Yorkshire Moors look out over the Yorkshire heartlands from the dramatic clifftops of Sutton Bank, where gliders are launched to circle the skies and explore the landscape from above. Large reaches of heather moorland stretch from Sutton Bank to within sight of the coast. The North Yorkshire Moors is home to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway where steam engines trace their way along the contours of the scenery, and Dalby Forest, home to forest activities and a mountain bike park.
The metropolitan centre of Leeds and the historic walled city of York are both just a short train journey away and offer a huge choice of days out with national museums, huge sporting events and a rich cultural offering.
Further afield, the Yorkshire coast is renowned for its mixture of long sandy beaches and towering cliffs. The seaside towns of Scarborough, Bridlington, Whitby and Filey each offer a traditional seaside experience, whatever that may be for you. For some a day at the seaside involves building sand castles and exploring rock pools, for others it might be games and entertainment or delicious fish and chips thoughtfully consumed while watching the slow advance of the tide. Whatever your seaside pleasure you can find a choice of beaches where you can indulge it in Yorkshire.
With easy access to the north-south and east-west transport network, you can also explore the industrial heritage of Bradford and its surrounding market towns, such as the beautiful Ilkley.
Bronte country on the side of the Pennines is beautifully evocative in its slopes and distinctive buildings and the vibrant and bustling towns of Calderdale mix the architecture of the industrial revolution and a resurgent bohemian lifestyle that mixes a global horizon with local values, woven in and amongst the river and canal that connects the many towns.
Yorkshire, in all its variety and personality, is a giant playground with something new to explore and discover in every direction when you make your home at its centre.