Ilkley has been named the best place to live in the North and Northeast of England, with judges saying it has everything the judges were looking for.
It was praised for its high street, community initiatives, magnificent scenery and good travel links to places such as Leeds city centre.
Chapel Allerton also bagged a place on the top ten list, with judges praising its particularly highlighting the work of community group CA Spaces, which works to beautify the area and create fun places for children.
A healthy dash of alternative spirit and cheaper houses than Hebden Bridge are the big attractions for the judges here. They were impressed with the scenery too - especially the view from Stoodley Pike. The judges also admired the grow-your-own-food movement, Incredible Edible and the charitable efforts of a local wild swimming group raised £45,000 for Crisis through sponsored dips in frozen tarns and freezing waterfalls and lakes.
Civilised shops and a cobbled market square are one reason we think this unpretentious Georgian market town is one of North Yorkshire’s best. The other is the perfect location, close to both the Dales and the lovely Howardian Hills but conveniently located on the A19,” was the judges’ verdict here. They picked out the choice of secondary schools - including Outwood Academy, one The Sunday Times Parent Power Guide’s top state secondary schools in the North - as a big attraction for families.
he judges described Masham as “a picturesque market town in its own right that offers the best of both worlds. The extraordinary landscape of the Yorkshire Dales is on the doorstep and Ripon, with its top selective school and Curzon cinema, is just a short drive away.” Their favourite things here include the market, Black Sheep Brewery and Johnny Baghdad’s is a funky bright-yellow café on the square.
it didn't make the top ten list, but The Sunday Times noted that "Horsforth as a city suburb with a proper country feel."