NORTH Yorkshire has featured heavily in the Sunday Times 101 Best Places to Live, with one of the county’s towns ranked the best place in Britain to live.

Skipton was named by the newspaper as the most desirable area in the country in its annual Best Places to Live supplement, published today (Sunday, March 16).

Deciding factors in making the prestigious list included crime rates, community spirit, open spaces, the price and type of properties available and vibrant local amenities such as independent shops.

The authors of the list selected Skipton for its ideal combination of low crime rates, “top class” schools, great transport links, a high street dominated by independent shops, attractive and reasonably priced property and its proximity to the Yorkshire Dales.

Second place in the list was given to Newnham, a district in the city of Cambridge.

A total of eight North Yorkshire towns made the list – one of the highest number of any county.

The others to make the list included Easingwold, Harrogate, Helmsley, Malton, Masham, Richmond and York.