Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
From its shorter northern boundary the hills begin to rise within the
Although there are no large centres of population within the area, there are many small villages and hamlets. The towns of
The hills are characterised by a melange of farmland, woodland and country house parkland, most notably the grade I listed landscape of Castle Howard, one of Britain's finest stately homes. The area also has historic churches and priories.
The area was defined as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1987. Most of the area was within the former Ryedale district while about one-fifth of the area, to the west, was in the former Hambleton district.
VillagesPlaces within the Howardian Hills AONB are:
Just outside are:
Visiting by trainThe railway between York and Scarborough passes through the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty alongside the River Derwent through the picturesque Kirkham Gorge. The nearest railway station is at
Visiting by busThe Coastliner
East Yorkshire service
There are also other less-frequent services reaching some of the villages within the Howardian Hills, running from York, Malton, Easingwold and Helmsley.