Skipton - Britain's Happiest Place to Live

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Skipton - Britain's Happiest Place to Live

Pardon our language, but if you are a miserable sod, don’t come here.

Official figures in 2017 rated Skipton the happiest place to live in the UK; it was The Times inaugural Best Place to Live in 2014; and if a cosy pint here at the Woolly Sheep can’t convince you, in 2016 it won a trophy as Britain’s most courteous town.

It is also absurdly historic, with a castle, a canal and clusters of stone cottages, all attractively set in the Yorkshire Dales, dotted with the sheep that gave the town its name.

Judges said Skipton was commended for its ideal combination of very low crime rates, top-class schools, great transport links, a "buzzing high street" dominated by independent shops, pretty and reasonably priced property, and beautiful surrounding countryside....

...and of course, its wonderful pubs!