Richmondshire District Council

Living in the dales

Wherever you live in Richmondshire, you're only a short stroll from a great view. 

Richmondshire has four key market towns, Hawes, Leyburn, Middleham and Richmond, linked by pretty villages and hamlets. Residents have a wide range of housing options, from remote farmsteads and converted barns, stone cottages and manor houses, to modern executive homes and town centre apartments.

Richmondshire offers space and tranquillity within easy reach of the commercial hubs of major cities. Major roads, the A1 north and south, and A66 east and west, are easily accessible, enabling travel to Newcastle, York, Leeds and Teesside in less than an hour.

Close proximity to mainline railway stations shortens these journey times further and puts London under three hours away. This also gives residents options to fly easily from a number of regional airports. 

Superb schools and colleges are greatly valued by local families. Village primary schools feed larger secondary schools from which older children can make the step to regional further education colleges and universities. A number of private day and boarding schools are within travelling distance of Richmondshire.

Each market town has a wide variety of retailers offering a great deal of choice for groceries, clothing and homewares, from large supermarkets to artisan food producers and chain stores to specialist, independent retailers.

Working in the dales

Richmondshire has a diverse range of local, national and international businesses making available excellent job opportunities without a long commute.

Businesses range from farming to artisan and large-scale food production, manufacturing to creative design and IT, independent shops to accommodation providers and tourism. 

Richmondshire is home to Catterick, the largest army garrison in Europe, which attracts and supports many service industries.

And the district offers a wide variety of options for business premises in market towns, business parks, trading estates, live-work spaces and converted country estate properties.

Active business associations and support organisations facilitate networking opportunities and business growth.

Playing in the dales

Richmondshire has a wealth of history, heritage and natural beauty. There are endless options for spending your free time: art and culture, food and drink, outdoor activities and sport. 

Whatever your age, you can find special interest clubs and societies, events and festivals, attractions and other areas of interest.

Richmondshire’s rich history is evident in a fantastic collection of castles: the oldest stone-built castle in the country, another where Mary Queen of Scots slept and some where people still live. We have an impressive array of abbey ruins, delightful churches and quaint meeting houses.

Our heritage is celebrated in museums which explore our farming, military and industrial heritage.

Most of Richmondshire is in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, which is full of features to explore and enjoy: rivers for canoeing, caves to discover, rock faces to climb and rolling hills to walk, run and cycle, on and off-road. You can fish or shoot, sail or swim, ski or hang glide.

As well as beautiful bridleways we have a racecourse, gallops and stables, supplemented by official events and cross country trials.

We welcome many visitors passing through Richmondshire on the Coast-to-Coast route.

In our towns and villages you will find clubs and groups for most sports, such as cycling, rugby, football, swimming, sailing, angling, tennis, badminton, archery, quoits and chess. There are swimming pools, tennis courts and gyms, golf courses and bowling greens and one of the few remaining cycling grass tracks in the UK.

We have artists and galleries, makers and creators, music and theatre, photographers and weavers, potters and writers. There are many opportunities to visit open studios, attend concerts and festivals, explore auction houses or follow Turner's painterly trail.

Food and drink is not just a staple, but special in Richmondshire, with many local producers of cheese, beer, ice cream or tasty puds supplying local tea rooms, restaurants and pubs. There are visitor centres, where you can see where much of the food comes from and how it's made before sampling the delicious products.

To find out more, check out our inward investment factfile.

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