03 Jul 2014
This weekend sees the world's largest annual cycling event start in the county of Yorkshire. The Yorkshire countryside will provide a stunning backdrop to the opening race - which will receive an approximate worldwide television audience of 3.5 billion people in over 188 countries around the world.
However, cycling is not the only reason why Yorkshire should be a place that you should consider moving to. Having had a removals and storage branch in Sherburn-in-Elmet for many years, we have moved people in and out of houses throughout most of this eastern county of England and here are our Top 5 Reasons why you Should Move to Yorkshire:
1. The Countryside
If you want to move to the country, then the rolling hills of the Yorkshire Dales is a must. The rural idyll depicted in the cult TV shows of 'All Creatures Great and Small', 'Last of the Summer Wine' and more recently 'Wallace & Gromit' is not a myth - it's real. The rural market towns and villages, such as Grassington, Pateley Bridge and Wensleydale, lie in 2 very special protected areas - the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Whilst the outstanding scenery of these areas might be missed by the professional cyclists as they race from Leeds to Harrogate, buying a cottage or estate in North Yorkshire will give you plenty of time to appreciate the view.
2. The Coast
If you are looking for a home by the sea, then the rugged coastline of Yorkshire has everything you need from quaint, little fishing villages to traditional seaside towns. Fish and chips are legendary along this coast with Yorkshire being the original home of Harry Ramsdens and the Wetherby Whaler.
Coastal properties can be found with views of the white cliffs, such as in Robin Hood's Bay, or fronting the Blue Flag sandy beaches of the towns like Hornsea. Plus, there is plenty of seaside to explore, including a lighthouse at Flamborough and the award winning beach at Scarborough North Bay.
3. The Cities
For those looking to live in town, the 21st century city of Leeds offers everything you would expect from one of the UK's leading cities. Also known as the 'Knightsbridge of the North', Leeds has some of Britain's best shopping, sightseeing, sport, art, culture and nightlife.
In stark comparison is the historic city and capital of the county, York, is famed by it's viking ancestry and cobbled streets. Whilst Harrogate,Sheffield, Bradford and Wakefield offer those choosing to relocate there; market squares, engineering, sculpture, historic buildings and award winning Indian restaurants.
4. The Culture
The people of 'God's own County' are proud of both their county and their identity. They are very welcoming with the slightly stereotyped image of a flat cap and whippet image alluding to the county's historic rural lifestyle - and mentioned in the county's anthem 'On Ilkla Moor Baht 'at' ('On Ilkley Moor without a hat').
There is a strong food culture in the county, with Rowntrees, Terrys, Mackintosh's and Thorntons all producing chocolate delights from the city of York. And you will not go far on a Sunday without a Yorkshire Pudding to go with your roast.
5. The Sport
The first Yorkshireman, and Brit, to win a stage of the Tour de France was Brian Robinson in 1958. Since then Bradley Wiggins (2012) and Chris Froome (2013) have brought the yellow jersey back to the UK, and to the Yorkshire. However, cycling is not the only sport associated with the county. There are many other famous sportsman from the world of cricket, football and rugby league, including Geoffrey Boycott, Kevin Keegan and Neil Fox, to name but a few.
So if watching the cycling has you thinking of moving to Yorkshire - get in touch with the county's local removals and storage company that sports the winning colour of yellow - Bishop's Move York.