Northallerton: County Town, Market Town
Northallerton is the county town of North Yorkshire and is the seat of The North Yorkshire County Council and Hambleton District council.
Set between the Yorkshire Dales National Park to the west and the North York Moors National Park to the east the town has been a centre of communications for centuries.
Northallerton was on the Great North Road between London and Edinburgh, the Railway arrived in the 1840s strengthening Northallerton's importance as a communication centre.
Northallerton is about 230 miles (370 km) from London, 170 miles (270 km) from Edinburgh, 30 miles (50 km) from York and 22 miles (35 km) from Middlesbrough.
Northallerton's wide High Street is a pleasant busy shopping centre, with many independent shops, cafes and pubs. There is a busy market on Wednesday and Saturday and free WiFi.