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The small area of the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty lies north of York. As well as being beautiful, quiet walking country it is home to one world class sight – Castle Howard. Actually a stately home, rather than a castle, it is hard to imagine a grander or more beautifully situated one. While the area is relatively unknown, the house itself is understandably popular and can get crowded on summer weekends.

The Yorkshire Wolds stretch east from York. An under-visited area of gentle hills, classic villages and pretty gardens, it is a perfect place to get away from it all for a picnic or peaceful walk.

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