Where to live in North Yorkshire?

(61 Posts)
helsbels03 Mon 25-Feb-13 07:48:12

Hi, we are looking to move from north London to North Yorkshire. 3 dc, 2 at primary and 1 pre school. Just done a half term reccy and like wether by . However it seems to be a little more expensive than other places. Our main priority is schools, but ideally would like a new build.

Any suggestions??

Inthepotty Mon 25-Feb-13 08:06:18

Wetherby is extortionate prices! Lovely lovely houses though. Do you want a little village or something with more going on? Will you be commuting anywhere?

iseenodust Mon 25-Feb-13 10:37:18

Wetherby is lovely and you pay for that. We have friends in Monk Fryston if you fancy a village with good road links, modern house but not brand new. They are very pleased with primary school.

lalalonglegs Mon 25-Feb-13 14:16:48

My ILs live in Skipton - smallish market town with several primary schools and grammar option at secondary. It punches above its weight in terms of size because it's on the very edge of the Dales so the last "proper" town for some distance therefore it has large supermarkets, a small cinema, lots of restaurants/cafes, tons of independent shops plus usual chains, direct trains to Bradford and Leeds several times an hour plus Carlisle (across lovely Settle-Carlisle route) and Morecambe. I think it got voted best high street in UK a couple of years ago. It's a really friendly place and we love to go and stay. I don't know Wetherby at all (I thought it was in West Yorkshire blush) so I can't compare but I know it is a lot cheaper than Ilkley which is a near neighbour.

My Dad lives in Knaresborough. Very nice, and on the train line to York, Harrogate and Leeds which is very handy. I think the schools in Harrogate are very good. He has some friend who switched to state from private at about 11...not for financial reasons; the school (St Aidans?) is very good. I think you can end up doing a lot of driing around. His friends recently moved into Harrogate from Knaresborough. (traffic can be a shocker).

MyNameIsAnAnagram Mon 25-Feb-13 18:10:12

Wetherby is in west yorks, but it wishes it was in north yorks wink

iclaudius Mon 25-Feb-13 18:15:43

Wetherby - Harrogate or ilkley although ilkley classed as West

Selks Mon 25-Feb-13 18:28:40

Ripon is very nice.

41notTrendy Mon 25-Feb-13 18:30:51

Another vote for Skipton. We have friends who live there and are envy every time we go.

BinarySolo Tue 26-Feb-13 09:01:53

Otley is quite nice. Does it need to be North Yorkshire? We live in West Yorkshire. My dh works in Leeds but it's a faster commute because traffic is better.

MoreBeta Tue 26-Feb-13 09:06:56

You need to live in the Golden Triangle between York, Harrogate and Leeds. I am from that part of the world and I have lived in London too.

There are many lovely parts of North Yorkshire but frankly unless you live in a fairly sophisticated bit of it that has good connections back too London you will find it to much of a culture shock.

To put it simply, the Golden Triangle is the part that is most like the South East of England.

iclaudius Tue 26-Feb-13 17:52:38

Ilkley is full of Londoners unfortunately that has pushed property prices up but makes for an interesting mix
Otley is nice too with good mix and lively school - Skipton more mixed although great grammars

Pudden Tue 26-Feb-13 18:51:28

Ripon, Skipton or Richmond. All lovely- Ripon has fab pie shop www.appletonsbutchers.co.uk/

lalalonglegs Tue 26-Feb-13 19:13:05

Ripon has a fab racecourse and Richmond is a lovely town (with this amazing secret garden right in the middle of the centre but neither has a railway station which would make a difference to me. Go to Skipton.

lalalonglegs Tue 26-Feb-13 19:14:36

Skipton has prize-winning pork pie shop. Just saying.

wonkylegs Tue 26-Feb-13 19:25:00

Just to make sure we are clear where North Yorkshire is en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Yorkshire
Ilkley, Otley & Wetherby aren't technically NY (Ilkley's very nice thoughwink)
We are currently househunting in NY although we are moving south from Newcastle and are limited to a small search area which is a real shame as I love Richmond, Harrogate, York & Richmond.
There is a house with a 6 storey tower for sale in Richmond that my DS is obsessed with grin

41notTrendy Tue 26-Feb-13 19:28:40

Lalalonglegs. Do you live in Skipton? Because I take serious issue with your pork pie shop link. grin
The best pork pies, by some considerable distance are from Stanforths. I speak with much pork pie eating experience grin

lalalonglegs Tue 26-Feb-13 19:34:19

We visit Skipton and eat pork pies there on a very regular basis (ILs live there, see upthread). I can promise you that Stanforths are arrivistes and not a patch on D&M. The best fish and chips are on Newmarket St, BTW and the best pint is in the Woolly Sheep although the Narrowboat is a nicer pub. See, we're very thorough wink.

boardingschoolbaby Tue 26-Feb-13 19:35:12

The is the town of Tadcaster which is between York and Leeds- enough shops etc to keep you in groceries but still a lovely river and field to walk through, or closer to York but with only the village shop and pub there is the village of rufforth which is lovely.

cathpip Tue 26-Feb-13 19:36:54

We moved from Harrogate to Ripon as needed a family size house and found that you got more space for your money. Ripon is a lovely market town, and close to the A1 for commuting, the area has some beautiful villages and great small primary schools as well as a Grammer School. Not to mention the best pork pies smile!!

Awks Tue 26-Feb-13 19:41:32

I live in Scarborough by the sea, but work in London and love, love, love getting off that train in York and being back where people say hello just for the hell of it.

I was born in York and parents live in Harrogate so know the area well. York is very nice, don't like Harrogate much but LOVE Scarborough.

Awks Tue 26-Feb-13 19:43:02

Rufforth is horrible. the only good thing about it is the humungous Car Boot grin

slambang Tue 26-Feb-13 19:43:27

If you're thinking through to secondary school its worth thinking about whether or not you may buy into the grammar school system. Harrogate has excellent high performing comprehensive schools. Some of the other towns mentioned are still old-school grammars. Great if you're a high achiever, not so much if you're a middle of the roader.

Will commuting be an issue? Some towns have better links than others e.g. Ripon has no train.

guineapiglet Tue 26-Feb-13 19:47:18

If you dare venture even further east, there are some lovely places, Yarm, Great Ayton etc with very good schools and near the coast -very picturesque area. Would definitely consider Skipton, it is a friendly, busy place, good connections, fabulous scenery, easy to get to the Lakes etc, - the Ilkley area is gorgeous as well.

Having just moved to the SE, I can tell you after living here for 6 long months, I would willingly move tomorrow to any of these areas. Friends of ours moved to Addingham area ( West Yorks I guess) and that is a fabulous area, with good access to Leeds.

Inthepotty Tue 26-Feb-13 19:49:35

I live in a small village out of York. Good schools, nice shops, great links up road and could walk to York station if needed. Like Harrogate, but don't know it so well. What are you looking for in an area, OP? Also what is your housing budget? Oop north housing prices vary wildly.

boardingschoolbaby Tue 26-Feb-13 19:50:45

Is rufforth horrible now? I have lived down south for the last 10 years but I had a friend that lived there and it was really lovely.
What about upper poppleton and green hammerton?

Toptack Tue 26-Feb-13 19:53:49

There are many lovely parts of North Yorkshire but frankly unless you live in a fairly sophisticated bit of it that has good connections back too London you will find it to much of a culture shock.

^^This. We've moved up (temporarily) from the SE, and it has taken a lot of adjustment. We're near Richmond and, while it's v pretty, I wouldn't recommend it... Restaurants/shops/cultural stuff are all a bit limited, and I've heard quite negative reports about many of the schools. I wish we were closeR to Leeds, York or Harrogate - any decent size town really!

41notTrendy Tue 26-Feb-13 20:03:51

We'll have to agree to disagree about the pork pies then! grin
(Have you had a warm Stanforths one? Takes it into a different league...drool...dribble.. .mmmm). We prefer the Narrowboat to the Woolly Sheep too, but the Narrowboat serves a better pint of cider! Can't comment on the fish n chip issue, only had Bizzie Lizzie's! Eaten on a freezing cold day by the canal being dive bombed by seagulls!
OP, move to Skipton!

MoreBeta Tue 26-Feb-13 21:38:41

Toptack - phew!

Thanks for backing me up on that one. I thought I might get lynched for that post.

I have to say I am quite amused by people saying move to Wetherby, Skipton, Rufforth, etc.

Come on guys! The OP lives in the centre of one of the greatest cities in the world a gigantic metropolis where you have cafes with 15 types of latte on every street corner.

In places like Wetherby you have one decent cafe. Nice place and all that but really the OP needs to be a big city. You need to be IN Harrogate, York or Leeds and in a nice bit of those cities as well.

MrsPnut Tue 26-Feb-13 21:47:46

You wouldn't get a new build but if moving to Harrogate then I would recommend looking at the kings road/regents/dragon areas. Much cheaper than the other side of the town and the schools are all good.

You could move the worst performing school in Harrogate to inner city London and the parents would be flocking to it. We moved from Stoke Newington to the Regents and our daughter went to Woodfield school which was brilliant. She loved the years she was there and I was heavily involved with the school as a governor. We've since moved in and I miss living there.

I also grew up in Harrogate and lived on the other side of the town as a child, going to Rossett acre and Western primary schools as well as the grammar school so have something to compare it to.

lalalonglegs Tue 26-Feb-13 21:57:04

But Beta we don't know why the OP wants to move to N Yorks (she hasn't come back since her first post) and it could be that she wants a lifestyle change. I live in London and I think it would be pretty hopeless trying to find something a bit like London that isn't London. Assuming that she is moving to North - or West - Yorkshire because she likes it, maybe better to find an authentic Yorkshire town?

BikeRunSki Tue 26-Feb-13 23:29:45

N Yorks is an enormous county - there's Selby, there's Yarm there's Malham and there's about a million square miles of N Yorks in between. We need to be able to narrow it down a bit.

Yfronts Tue 26-Feb-13 23:49:46

York, Whitby, Ripon and in W Yorkshire Hebden Bridge

iclaudius Wed 27-Feb-13 00:04:13

agree the op needs to be somewhere happening

Harrogate is great and nice light i always feel - York is nice but i found it a bit isolating feeling and 'out of it'

Personally i'd go wetherby harrogaet Ilkley as need rail links to leeds to feel close to the action
Personally i'd avoid Skipton

helsbels03 Wed 27-Feb-13 06:50:02

Thank you so much for your suggestions- dh needs to commute to Leeds and York so anywhere within a 45 min drive is ok. Schools will be state grammar or comp.

Will have a look at skip ton, need a 4 bed house with a downstairs playroom £300

helsbels03 Wed 27-Feb-13 06:51:13

Will def try all pork pie shops as part of research too wink

lalalonglegs Wed 27-Feb-13 08:06:54

Skipton not great for getting to York sad.

BinarySolo Wed 27-Feb-13 08:35:21

We live the wrong side of Huddersfield for Leeds, BUT the commute to Leeds is quicker from where we are than it is from Otley which is much nearer.

No to Hebden Bridge. A quick look at their community website shows it's a town very much divided. You're an 'off cumden' unless you've 5 generations buried in the graveyard there. And it appears to have a bit of a drug/drink problem.

BinarySolo Wed 27-Feb-13 08:39:18

A village like emley or Shelley would mean a commute of 55 mins to York and about 40 mins to Leeds.

Inthepotty Wed 27-Feb-13 09:02:45

Copmanthorpe, outside York, is very good for getting to Leeds and York. Nice schools, good grammar, shops, pubs. Also some of the Selby villages are nice, you might feel a bit 'out' though.

Awks Wed 27-Feb-13 09:09:58

Harrogate or Knaresborough then for you - prices are ok and commute fine. Good luck with your search and your pork pie research

Remember the traffic can be bad up there (many hours on the A61 going into Leeds at the wrong time, being held up by the Grammer School roundabour...) so do look at public transport links. Agree with Awks....the commute from Harrogate or Knaresborough will be much simpler than many other far flong (but lovely) parts of NY.

megandraper Wed 27-Feb-13 10:52:42

Ex-Londoner in Harrogate here - love it. Direct train to both Leeds and York too, which might be good for your DH (as a back-up option even if he wants to drive).

MyNameIsAnAnagram Wed 27-Feb-13 13:10:04

I think you need to be looking in & just outisde the so called Golden Triangle then tbh, much further out and you could be spending all your time commuting, the traffic can be a right bastard.

MoreBeta Wed 27-Feb-13 14:48:45

You need to think about what happens when your DCs reach teenage years. Living in a village is OK when they are tiny. I lived on farm outside a vaillage near York and believe me it is terribly isolating. I was over the moon when my parents sent me to boarding school in Harrogate at age 12!

Do you really want to become a taxi driver to three children? If not, you have to live in a decent sized town with a rail station and plenty of buses.

Saltaire is lovely!!! a conservation village, great primary school at least & trains into leeds - and culture - have frieds there

HazzaB Wed 27-Feb-13 22:31:53

Had same dilemma. Moving from London, wanted to go to North Yorkshire, couldn't face the beautiful but isolated villages (and even towns). Ended up in north Leeds - love, love, love it. Lovely countryside in 15 mins. 10 mins into centre of town on the bus. Good schools. Nip into Harrogate. Take train across to York or drive when it's not rush hour on the A64. And can vote for Saltaire too. Although I grew up in North Yorkshire and had lots of idyllic ideas in my head, I just couldn't cope with the isolation after London. Still feel out of it in Leeds some days, to be honest, but that's just being silly.

BikeRunSki Thu 28-Feb-13 21:06:01

Saltaire is in W Yorks though.

helsbels03 Thu 28-Feb-13 22:33:08

Hmm I think I like the idea of a village rather than the reality- taxi for 3 teenagers when the time comes will be a logistical nightmare, bad enough now on a weekend for parties etc. do I think in a town would be better. My family are in south Leeds so don't want to be too near wink but closer than the usual 200 mile round trip is what it's all about!!!!

poweredbytoast Thu 28-Feb-13 22:59:06

I live in Skipton: I love it. Used to live in Leeds but really don't miss city life and you can easily get to Leeds, Bradford or Harrogate if you like shopping and cafe culture. It's very friendly here and I seldom go anywhere without passing someone I know. Might be too small town for you though if you're used to the daily buzz of city life.

Loshad Thu 28-Feb-13 23:05:49

agree with awks, Harrogate, or possibly north Leeds, eg Alwoodley. Many of the other suggestions on this thread would be nightmare commutes for your DH. The only other option is out to the east of Leeds, eg Tadcaster, or many of the small villages but i think you might find it very stultifying if used to London, and it might be too handy for South Leeds!

CocoNutter Fri 01-Mar-13 00:28:28

If you want to be in Leeds but still on the right side to get to York, Roundhay is a nice area.

rainbow25 Sat 03-May-14 22:38:49

Hello new to mumsnet.Can any one advise me please. I am going to be starting a new job very soon in Carcroft North Doncaster, and would need to relocate my family from Newcastle upon tyne.Hubby and 2 girls 2 yrs and 7 yrs.Hubby would be working from home .
I don't mind a commute of 30 mins one way by car but love my family to be based near good schools, nursery etc.
Not keen in a completely rural area.
Any advise please.

VivaLeBeaver Mon 05-May-14 07:43:42

Rainbow 25, you'd be better starting a new thread as more people will see it.

I always think Tickhill and Bawtry look nice. No IDEa about schools there though.

Hoppinggreen Mon 05-May-14 09:10:29

Rainbow, look round the Retford area. Nice little town nd some lovely villages around it too.

On the subject of pork pies, my local farm shop here in Huddersfield has just won 1st prize at the National Pork Pie championships!!!

Swisskissingisbetterthenfrench Mon 05-May-14 09:35:33

Hebden bridge. Small small town and direct train to Leeds.

Ripon or Whitby maybe?

Swisskissingisbetterthenfrench Mon 05-May-14 09:38:39

Ripon is better located for York/leeds

Shartibartfast Mon 05-May-14 09:50:43

Chapel Allerton is on the north side if Leeds and has an urban cultural vibe. Wetherby us great, and there's several cafés and restaurants, a small independent cinema and a decent range of shops. As a mum of teens I would say check the bus routes into Leeds & Harrogate, and don't stray too far from these. My DCs went to 6th form in Harrogate, but have lots of friends in N Leeds, so that's where their social lives are based. There are still lots of their friends who live in remote villages, so there's lots of calls to the taxi of Mum & Dad!

Shartibartfast Mon 05-May-14 09:53:46

There's quite a lot of new housing being built in Boston Spa which has good primaries and a high school, is a pretty village on the river Wharfe and there's plenty going on. Bus links to Wetherby, Harrogate & Leeds. Not cheap though!

roadwalker Mon 05-May-14 09:57:58

N. Yorks is full of people who have moved north and are pushing house prices up something terrible <lighthearted you are very welcome>

Aberchips Tue 06-May-14 13:11:37

Harrogate or Ripon would be ideal if you're commuting to Leeds/ York, North Leeds (Roundhay, Alwoodley, Chapel Allerton) are all lovely, I'm in Roundhay at the moment, and it's reasonable for the commute. Depending on what size of house you want (I know 4 bed, but there are small 4 beds & big 4 beds - semi, terrace, detached?) is that you may not have as much choice as you think - contrary to popular belief bits of Yorkshire are quite pricey & not full of gems waiting to be pinched snapped up by Londonders! wink (tongue firmly in cheek btw)
Wetherby is a nice place - it's a thriving market town with some v nice shops & restaurants.

Good luck in your search & obviously come back & post pics of any possible house so we can have a nosy give more advice! grin

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