Three-quarters of all the world’s heather moorland is to be found in Britain, and the largest expanse is in the North York Moors.
2. Beautiful Dales
The Dales have been protected as a national park since the 1950s, assuring their status as a walker’s and cyclist’s paradise.
3. Top Cheese
|The road to Whitby Abbey|
4. Yorkshire Day
5. Home of Spooks
Whitby was the inspiration and setting for part of Bram Stoker’s Gothic horror story Dracula. Less well known is the fact that Whitby is famous for the jet (fossilised wood) that has been mined from its sea cliffs for centuries. This smooth black substance was popularised in the 19th century when Queen Victoria took to wearing mourning jewellery made from Whitby jet.
6. Controversial towns people
Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear fame was born in the Yorkshire town of Doncaster.
|Tom Moses climbing Grosmont|
7. Tougher climbing than ever before
8. More athletes than any other region
If Yorkshire was its own country in the 2012 Olympics the region would have finished 25th in the medal table.
9. Thomas Crapper
10. Bows and arrows
Follow the team at this years Tour de Yorkshire (29th April – 1st May) on the team website, on our twitter or our facebook page. The 2016 race route will again feature three stages. The route looks to favour the sprinters on days one and two but stage three should see the climbers come to the front and decide the overall GC on the way to the final finish line in Scarborough.