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Local Area Guide for Thirsk

Thirsk is a traditional market town situated twenty-three miles north of York and eight miles south of Northallerton. It is perfectly positioned in the Vale of Mowbray, North Yorkshire for residents and visitors to enjoy at their leisure the North Yorkshire Moors to the east and the Yorkshire Dales to the west as well as all that this historic town has to offer.

The town centre features a cobbled market square with town clock and a variety of shops, tourist information and a traditional market held twice per week. The wider town facilitates the enjoyment of leisure activities such as walks along the river, including the Swale Way long distance route, horse racing at Thirsk Racecourse and sports clubs for bowls, cricket, hockey, football, tennis and rugby union.

The town is serviced for travel by local bus routes and rail links via the east coast mainline. Situated on the A19/A170 link, Thirsk provides easy access for driving routes east towards Middlesbrough, Whitby, Scarborough, Pickering and the North Yorkshire National Park. Alternatively driving west provides links to the A1 North and South routes or beyond to Ripon and into the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Thirsk is famous for James Alfred Wright (also known as James Herriot) - famous veterinarian and author, Thomas Lord – Founder of the Lord’s Cricket Ground in London, and William de Mowbray – One of the Barons appointed to ensure that King John upheld the Magna Carta agreement.