Two towns in Ryedale have pride of place in The Sunday Times’ 101 Best Places to Live in Britain.
Helmsley and Malton were chosen to be part of the respected guide which combines data and statistics such as crime rates, house prices and the performances of local schools with the local knowledge and expertise of writers from the newspaper.
The places were also selected for offering a good quality of life, and desirable features such as a positive community spirit, good local shops and attractive outdoor spaces.
Cllr Linda Cowling, leader of Ryedale District Council, said it was “fabulous” news for the district. “We already know Ryedale is the best place to live,” she said. “It is the best kept secret and now it is out in the open.”
And Chris Parkin, chairman of Helmsley Town Council, added: “Yorkshire as we all know is God’s Own County and North Yorkshire is a very special part. Helmsley straddling the North York Moors National Park and Ryedale has much to commend it and it is an exceptional place to live and work. It does though suffer the pressures of today’s modern world and the struggle to retain its individuality whilst acceding to some of the pressure is sometimes a battle but its certainly one worth fighting!”