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Introducing Skipton

This busy market town on the southern edge of the national park was once known as ‘Sheeptown’ – no prizes for guessing where they made their money. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday are market days on High St, bringing crowds from all over and giving the town something of a festive atmosphere. The tourist office (792809; www.skiptononline.co.uk; 35 Coach St; 10am-5pm Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm Sat) is right in the middle of town.