The “definitive” ten most desirable places to live in Yorkshire and the North East have been named by a Sunday newspaper.

The Sunday Times Best Places to Live, published in the paper from this Sunday, will reveal the little Nirvanas dotted across the UK.

The comprehensive two-part guide will take a wide range of elements into account including transport links, quality of schools, natural beauty, low crime rate, property prices, cultural life and unemployment figures.  Each area is also assessed on its own individual assets, whether it is a local festival, fascinating architecture or proximity to an airport.

The guide names the 10 most desirable locations in Yorkshire and the North East as:

  • Harrogate, North Yorkshire
  • Skipton, North Yorkshire
  • Richmond, North Yorkshire
  • Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire
  • York, North Yorkshire
  • Beverley, East Yorkshire
  • Ponteland, Northumberland
  • Alnwick, Northumberland
  • Hexham, Northumberland
  • Gosforth, Newcastle

The Sunday Times Best Places to Live is edited by Sunday Times Associate Editor and regular broadcaster Eleanor Mills.  As author of the “Beyond the Brochure” property column she has visited every corner of the country to assess the pros and cons of relocating.

Eleanor says, “Scampering around Britain for my column I find there are particular bits of our crowded island which always retain a particular attraction for people.  We have built on this basic information to create a definitive guide.”

The Sunday Times Best Places to Live will run across two weekends on March 17 and 24 in The Sunday Times Home. As well as an overall national winner (announced in the first issue) the guide will announce the top 10 places in nine regions around the country.

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