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Herriot Country

Yorkshire at its best

Hambleton’s Herriot Country takes its name from the Hambleton Hills as well as from one of the world’s best-loved writers, James Herriot.

James Herriot, alias real life vet Alf Wight, lived and worked in the market town of Thirsk for more than 50 years. It was from this quiet corner of North Yorkshire that he drew inspiration for his tales of veterinary life.

Thirsk, the Darrowby of James Herriot’s books, is now home to a unique tribute to the vet and author. The World of James Herriot is based in the original home and surgery of the vet and combines technology with history, nostalgia, science and education.

The area was also home to the great explorer, Captain James Cook, who spent his childhood in the village of Great Ayton. The school where he was educated now houses an exciting museum celebrating Cook’s life and world achievements.

Herriot Country is ideal as a base to tour and explore the Moors and Dales of North Yorkshire as well as the historic city of York. The two national parks provide unspoilt landscapes of exceptional beauty. Both are different in character but each retains the distinctive natural ruggedness and mystery of this part of England. Explore on foot, by bicycle, train or on the summer Moorsbus services to help preserve these valuable areas.

A warm welcome awaits – attractive market towns, historic houses, family attractions, locally produced food and drink, craft centres, agricultural shows and activities for all ages - all wrapped up in true Yorkshire hospitality.

Main Tourist Information Centre: 49 Market Place, Thirsk
Tel: 0871 572 3064

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