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Wakefield lies in Yorkshire, the largest of all England's counties. In the northwest of the county lies the Yorkshire Dales National Park, a lovely patchwork of limestone hills, gentle valleys and the high peaks of Whernside, Pen-y-ghent and Ingleborough. The classical Yorkshire Dales spread to the north from the market and spa towns of Settle, Skipton, Ilkley and Harrogate in North Yorkshire, with most of the larger southern dales such as Ribblesdale, Malhamdale and Airedale, Wharfedale and Nidderdale running roughly parallel from north to south, and the more northerly dales including Wensleydale, Swaledale and Teesdale running generally from west to east. The North York Moors is the county's other national park, with bleak upland moors and a magnificent rugged coastline. To the southeast of the region lie the Yorkshire Wolds, formed from chalk hills that arc from the Humber estuary west of Kingston upon Hull up to the North Sea coast between Bridlington and Scarborough.

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Attractions Nostell Priory (NT), Doncaster Road, Nostell, Wakefield WF4 1QE Tel: 01924 863892 Palladian house built in 1733 by James Paine, where Chippendale started out his career by making furniture especially for the house. National Trust charges apply. About 4 miles east of Wakefield.

Nostell Priory

Attractions Kirklees Light Railway, Park Mill Way, Clayton West, Nr Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD8 9XJ. Tel: 01484 865727. Our main station, Clayton West, has a full range of amenities to entertain you and your family while you wait for the train or after you return. Clayton West Station is situated on the A636 Wakefield to Denby Dale road, off Junction 38 or 39 of the M1 Motorway. www.kirkleeslightrailway.co.uk. About 7 miles south west of Wakefield.

Kirklees Light Railway

Attractions Temple Newsam, Temple Newsam Road, off Selby Road, Leeds LS15 0AE Tel: 0113 264 5535 Temple Newsam is one of the great historic estates in England. Set within over 1500 acres of parkland, woodland and farmland landscaped by Capability Brown in the 18th century, it is a magnificent Tudor–Jacobean mansion. It has one of the largest collections of Chippendale furniture in the country. About 7 miles northeast of Wakefield.

Temple Newsam

Attractions Leeds City Art Gallery, The Headrow, Leeds LS1 3AA Tel. 0113 247 8248. The gallery comprises one of the best collections of British Art outside London, including works by Turner, Cotman, Cozens and Girtin. Through the support of the Henry Moore Foundation, the Gallery has bought many important sculptures and can boast a modern sculpture collection second only to that of the Tate. About 8 miles north of Wakefield.

Leeds City Art Gallery

AttractionsXSCAPE CASTLEFORD (Located at J32 off M62), Xscape Ltd, Colorado Way, Glasshoughton, Castleford WF10 4TA. The country’s biggest REAL snow slope, Europe’s tallest indoor ice climbing walls, 2 rock climbing walls, an aerial assault course, indoor skateboard park, Laserzone, bowling, multiplex cinema, 20 bars and restaurants. www.xscape.co.uk. About 6 miles north east of Wakefield.

Castleford Xscape

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