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Yorkshire Facts...

...a random selection of fascinating facts and stats!

1. Lonely Planet Voted Yorkshire third in the top 10 world regions, behind destinations in India and Australia. The guide mentions Yorkshire's "rugged moorland, heritage homes and cosy pubs".

2. Yorkshire has nearly a third of the total area of National Parks in England (the North York Moors, most of the Yorkshire Dales and part of the Peak District) covering a fifth of the region’s land area. (

3. Flamborough Head has the biggest underwater chalk reef in Europe, extending underwater for up to 6km out to sea, while The Deep in Hull is home to Europe's only sawfish and the worlds first submarium.

4. Scarborough is Britain’s first seaside resort and has been welcoming families for over 360 years. 

5. Yorkshire Day is celebrated every year on 1 August.

6. Yorkshire hosted the Grand Depart of the Tour de France in 2014.  Christian Prudhomme - the race director, described Yorkshire's Grand Depart as the "grandest" in the 111-year history of the race.

7. Yorkshire is the largest county in the UK. It stretches from the North Sea coast deep into and over the Pennines, and from the River Tees to the Humber and further south inland.

8. The unofficial anthem of Yorkshire is the popular folk song  On Ilkla Moor Baht ‘at (“On Ilkley Moor without a hat”),

9. Hull - will re-establish itself as the gateway to the world when it becomes UK City of Culture in 2017. A northern city rooted in a rich history, whose distinctive character is defined by its connections to the wider world.

10. There are 6 Michelin Starred restaurants in Yorkshire, more than any other region outside London.

11. Meadowhall in Sheffield is Europe's largest shopping complex.

12. Eureka! in Halifax is the UK's very first national children's museum.

13. York Minster is the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe, it took 252 years to build in its present form and contains 128 medieval stained glass windows.

14. Hardraw Force, ner Hawes is England's largest single drop waterfall.

15. Yorkshire can lay claim to having England's highest pub - The Tan Hill Inn at 1,732 ft above sea level.

16. Yorkshire has over 2,600 ancient monuments of national importance (14% of the English total), 800 conservation areas and 116 registered parks & gardens.

17. The North York Moors Railway is the longest steam operated railway in the UK, with over 18 miles of track running through beautiful countryside from Pickering to Whitby.

18. Yorkshire is home to two UNESCO World Heritage sites - Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal in North Yorkshire as well as the industrial setting of Saltaire & Salts Mill near Bradford. Bradford has also been designated a UNESCO City of Film.

19. If Yorkshire were an independent country is would have finished an incredible twelfth on the league table in the 2012 Olympics, gaining 7 Golds, 2 Silvers and 3 Bronze. Athletes include Jessica Ennis, who competed in the Heptathlon, boxer Nicola Adams and cyclist Ed Clancy.

20. The county's most well-known delicacy, by far, is the Yorkshire pudding. This is not all there is to Yorkshire food though - Wensleydale cheese originates from here, the Rhubarb Triangle is situated in West Yorkshire and The Magpie Cafe in Whitby offers award-winning Fish 'n' Chips.

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