Richmondshire District covers 509 square miles
and is actually larger than four English counties, but within its
boundary live only 51,400 people (2007 estimate).
Richmondshire is therefore one of the most sparsely populated
District Councils in the country, its boundaries stretching from
the River Tees to Cumbria. The area is predominantly rural in
character and a large part is situated in the Yorkshire Dales
The largest town in the District is the historic market town of
Richmond with its Norman Castle, cobbled market place, famous
Georgian Theatre Royal and elegant Georgian buildings.
There is a thriving tourism industry within Richmondshire and this
now forms the economic bedrock of the District.
The District also boasts two other bustling market towns,
Leyburn and Hawes, with many other urban developments to the east,
namely Catterick, Scotton, Hipswell, Colburn and Brompton On Swale.
Reeth is also a service centre for the upper Dales.
Richmondshire is actively promoted as a major part of the Yorkshire
Dales and has provided ideal film and television locations for such
as James Herriot's "All Creatures Great and Small". There are
many other attractions, especially for outdoor pursuits, including
fishing, riding, caving, climbing, hang-gliding, etc. Two famous
long distance walks cross the District – The Pennine Way and The
Coast to Coast Walk. There are numerous castles, churches, museums
and rural craft centres.
Two main arterial roads, the A1 North/South and the A66 East/West
five miles from Richmond, give easy nationwide access. Employment
opportunities are good with light industry within and close to the
District. The District also contains the largest military
establishment in the country, Catterick Garrison, which adds
greatly to the economic wellbeing of the area. There are good
schools and health facilities and a range of excellent
Pages in this section
- Discover Richmondshire
- Richmondshire is one of the most beautiful areas within the Yorkshire Dales, covering over 500 square miles. It’s one of the most sparsely populated areas in the country so there’s plenty of space for you!
- Stay in Richmondshire
- Escape humdrum everyday life and stay somewhere completely different. Make your holiday home a converted chapel or coach house, an old mill or mansion, and let the tranquil setting work its restful magic.
- Eat and drink in Richmondshire
- With such stunning countryside, you’ll not be surprised to find that Richmondshire is full of farmers’ markets and farm shops, not just responding to the latest fad but continuing a centuries’ old tradition of selling fresh local food.
- Events in Richmondshire
- Find out about the latest events in Richmondshire.
- Plan your journey
- Getting away from it all and escaping doesn’t take much effort. Even the remoter areas of the Yorkshire Dales are easily accessible with public transport.
- See the Dales from Richmondshire
- There's no better place to start your journey in the Yorkshire Dales than Richmondshire.
- Richmondshire Celebrates the London 2012 Olympics
- Queens Diamond Jubilee 2012