North Yorkshire crowned best in UK for adventure holidays

North Yorkshire has topped the likes of Cumbria and the Scottish Highlands in a study of the best county for camping in the UK.

The home of the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors came out on top in a study by outdoor retailer Millets, titled The Adventure Index, which aimed to find the best places for an adventure holiday in the UK.

The study looked at the number of outdoor activities including walking routes, mountain bike trails and climbing routes, as well as the natural features such as lakes and mountains, to create an overall number of outdoor activities for each county.

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It also factored in the number of campsites in each county, of which North Yorkshire had by far the most with 530.

The study also found that the county has a whopping 1,037 mountain bike trails, 884 walking/running trails, 247 horse riding trails and 189 climbing routes.

In total, the study found that North Yorkshire has 2,909 outdoor activities.



View across flower filled meadows in the Yorkshire Dales across a valley towards the mountain of Ingleborough.

In their report, Millets write: “The area with the highest number of outdoor activities is North Yorkshire, the biggest county in England.

“North Yorkshire encompasses the North York Moors national park, and although it has few lakes and mountains it does nevertheless contain a huge amount of outdoor activities. There are over 1000 mountain bike trails and 247 horse riding trails, as well as a multitude of other activities.”

Highland county in Scotland was second on the list with 2,627 – which also included the highest number of mountains – while Cumbria, which is home to the Lake District, came third with 2,126.

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A spokesperson said: “With summer heading towards its peak, there is no better time to get out and explore the great outdoors right here on our doorsteps.

“From the top of Scotland to the southern tip of Cornwall, the UK is brimming with beautiful natural landscapes that are made for adventures.

“Moreover, with foreign travel still subject to various levels of restrictions, more and more people are opting for a staycation and discovering the delights available to them at home. From hiking and running to cycling, canoeing and even skiing, the list of adventurous activities you can pursue in the UK is endless.”

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