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In Yorkshire, the moor the merrier

October 31st, 2013
08:19 AM ET

By Lucky Gold, CNN

With Halloween upon us, imagine a world where the landscape of nightmares is now one of the world's top tourist destinations.

The lonely moors and fog-swept dales of Yorkshire in the north of England have long been a source of gloomy inspiration.

Bram Stoker was drawn to the ruins of Whitby Abbey and made it the setting for his horror classic, Dracula.

And Sherlock Holmes famously roamed those same moors in pursuit of the dreaded hound of the Baskervilles.

Not to mention Heathcliff and Jane Eyre, who wandered through the imagination of the Brontë sisters.

But Yorkshire is more than gloom; more even than a puffy pudding that goes with roast beef at Sunday lunch; more than the name of a cute little terrier that you can fit in a purse.

The popular travel guide Lonely Planet has just named Yorkshire the third-best region in the world.

And while it trails a valley in the Himalayas and a remote coastal spot in Australia, it's a proud day for what the locals call "God’s own county."

In fact, Yorkshire has been on a roll lately.

Its athletes won 12 medals for Britain at the 2012 London Olympics – which would have been good enough for 12th place if Yorkshire were an independent nation.

And Yorkshire is a riot of color as well.

Britain's most famous living artist, Yorkshire’s own David Hockney, is being celebrated with a new exhibition in San Francisco, featuring 150 new blazing images sketched on his iPad.

And last but not least, there's the hit TV show Downtown Abbey, set upstairs and downstairs on a Yorkshire estate.

If the proof is in the pudding, then Yorkshire is the place to be.

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    The Hound of the Baskervilles was set in Dartmoor – the opposite end of England from the North York Moors!

    October 31, 2013 at 10:22 am | Reply
  2. Paul

    Oh and I think you'll find Slains Castle in the North East of Scotland was the 'inspiration' for Stokers Classic.

    October 31, 2013 at 10:59 am | Reply
    • julian ruddock

      nay lad we yorkshire folk know he came ashore ion whitby,only them as knows there own realy knows as we say

      October 31, 2013 at 2:52 pm | Reply
    • nagrecords@yahoo.co.uk

      @Paul
      http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/york/hi/people_and_places/arts_and_culture/newsid_8121000/8121579.stm

      November 7, 2013 at 3:29 pm | Reply
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    The TV show is Downton Abbey, not Downtown Abby. Let's go back to journalism school, shall we?

    October 31, 2013 at 11:12 am | Reply
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    heres another yorkshire saying, yorkshire born,yorkshire bred, strong in tharm, weak in th head

    November 1, 2013 at 2:27 am | Reply
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    welll, shoot! that knocks this article to the bins. Better luck next time, Lucky.

    November 1, 2013 at 11:35 am | Reply
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    tha can tell a yorkshireman-– but you cant tell him much!!

    November 2, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Reply
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    The area is wonderful the locals are tossers

    November 3, 2013 at 8:17 pm | Reply
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    To imagine meself there! Shiver my timbers

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