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Can anyone recommend a book on North Yorkshire to give as a...

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I'm trying to find a book on North Yorkshire to give as an anniversary gift to friends. My husband and and I plus another couple are going to the North York Moors for a week at the beginning of June. It's their wedding anniversary whilst we are away and I would like to give them a book on the area as a gift. I'm looking for a coffee-table type book rather than a guide book - something with gorgeous photos, you know the sort of thing. I've spent ages trawling through Amazon but they mostly seem to be maps and walks-type books. Can anyone suggest a publisher or (online) bookshop? I'd like to get the book before we go.

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1. Re: Can anyone recommend a book on North Yorkshire to give as a...

I always enjoyed James Herriot's Yorkshire, available here:

amazon.com/gp/…

Also, there's now a James Herriot's Yorkshire Revisited, a new book:

amazon.com/gp/…

The first book is paperback, but I think the more recent book is the coffee table type that you're looking for.

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2. Re: Can anyone recommend a book on North Yorkshire to give as a...

Hi

I'm with Theart Girl on the Herriott book, which is excellent.

I also like Yorkshire from the Air, available on amazon.

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3. Re: Can anyone recommend a book on North Yorkshire to give as a...

Hi,

Whilst I would agree with the the last two posts regarding the Herriott book, you say you are staying in the Yorkshire Moors which is a different area to the Yorkshire "Herriott" Dales.

While not wait to travel to the Moors, pop into the tourist info offices at Helmsley, just off the long stay car park, or Whitby, or Pickering or the Ryedale Folk Museum, Hutton-le-Hole and choose a book yourself?

There is the national park web site at:

http://www.moors.uk.net/

They have an online shop but at the moment they are updating it.

If you wish we will be in Helmsley w/e 5/6/7 May and I will check out the selection and update the post then.

I know that there are many coffee table type books available with stunning scenic photography and good narrative.

Enjoy your trip,

Best wishes

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4. Re: Can anyone recommend a book on North Yorkshire to give as a...

Hi everyone: many thanks for your suggestions.

Theartgirl: The Herriott books aren't quite what I'm looking for, unfortunately. They mainly centre on the Dales, which, although undeniably beautiful, is not the area i'm looking for. And, at the risk of causing offence to fans everwhere, the Herriott angle is a bit twee for my taste.

Morgana: I took a look at Yorkshire From The Air on Amazon but (and I realise this might sound a bit bonkers) it's too cheap (£5.99) although it's hardback. I'm looking for something a bit more "special" with gorgeous photos of the coast and villages - I'm sure something must exist!

iank9: If at all possible, I would prefer to take the book with me as our friend's anniversary is the day we arrive (3 June) and I would like to give it to them on the day. I already tried the online shop at the national park website but it's been "down" for a few weeks now. Ian, your very kind offer to check out the book selection in Helmsley is very much appreciated. PLEASE don't go to any trouble, but if you do find yourself in the shop and have time to look at the books, that would be great! Have a wonderful time in Helmsley - have a Fat Rascal from the delicatessen for me!

This will be our umpteenth visit to Yorkshire - we've been going to the Dales and Moors on and off for about 20 years - we love it! Our friends live in Cornwall and have never been so, as you can imagine, we're keen to show them all the sights!

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5. Re: Can anyone recommend a book on North Yorkshire to give as a...

My favourites are Derry Brabbs photographs in the Herriott book and it is perhaps a shame it has that title as in my view the photographs stand up on their own. I particularly like the view from Grinton Lodge looking up Arkengarthdale. However that is the Dales. I suppose the North York Moors are qute a "poor" area with an impoverished urban area in Teesside to the North so there is not the same demand for the type of quality production you want. You might need to look at something on, say, Castle Howard. Trying to think "outside the square" there are the volumes of Sutcliffe photographs obtainable in Whitby, there is a volume of Turners paintings of Yorkshire and the Tees Valley, but that is mainly the Dales. If your budget runs to it there are paintings available, originals or copies, in Whitby or Robin Hoods Bay or Staithes. I know you mention you do not want maps but there is a £30 hard back volume of maps of North Yorkshire by Robin Bulter and Nick Staley, but it is a bit specialist covering land use, population drift and the like.

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6. Re: Can anyone recommend a book on North Yorkshire to give as a...

Hi robin27: I have a book on English country pubs with photos by Derry Brabbs - they're stunning. Maybe I should go for the Herriott book after all....

You have reminded me that I also have a book of Sutcliffe photographs, bought in Whitby many years ago. I haven't looked at it for ages - must dig it out.

Thanks,

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Further thought. If you see a local craft fair advertised when in Yorkshire theer are usually some selling their own photograohs, framed or not. Quality can vary but there are some good ones aviliable if you choose the right seller/photographer. I think they have an umbrella organisation, possibly Brigantia, so it may be worth a "google" search.

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Hi Orkneyfan,

Just returned from another visit to the Moors, and managed to sneak into the tourist office for you. There are a number of books available but none particulaly expensive, but many with stunning photos etc. They suggest you give them a ring on 01439 770173, and they will advise further.

I also called at the Ryedale Folk Museum, Hutton-le-Hole. They had on sale a book by Bernard Ingham, titled Villages of Yorkshire. This was £8.99, but the photos were superb. They have several books on sale that might fit your criteria. Mike the director of the museum said if you ring 01751 417 367, they will help you further and will gladly post the books on to you.

Also take a look at http://www.ryedalefolkmuseum.co.uk/

Hope this helps

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9. Re: Can anyone recommend a book on North Yorkshire to give as a...

Hi iank9,

Hope you had a great time last weekend! Thank you so much for taking the time to research books for me. I'll take your advice and contact the places direct. Ryedale Museum is already on our list of places to visit!

Thanks again for your help,

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10. Re: Can anyone recommend a book on North Yorkshire to give as a...

A nice coffee table book is Yorkshire's Great Houses: Behind the Scenes although not specific to one area. It is written by Sir Thomas Ingilby who owns Ripley Castle and who obviously has inside knowledge/access. Nice piccys and an interesting read. I saw it on sale at the Tourist Office in Harrogate. I'm sure they would post you one if you gave them a call.