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Set in some of North Yorkshire's most beautiful countryside, nestled between the Moors, Wolds and Howardian Hills, Malton is a charming market town with eclectic shopping and amazing food on offer.
The towns of Malton and Norton stand on the banks of the River Derwent and have been the historic centre of Ryedale since Roman times, when a 22 acre legionary fort - Derventio at what is now Orchard Fields, was established in AD70.
In recent times Malton has been making a name for itself as a food town built around its famous local produce and is now home to the award-winning monthly Food Markets, annual Food Lovers' Festival, and some of the best food shops in Yorkshire. The town has a growing community of artisan producers and two new breweries furthering the 'Made in Malton' badge of quality products. There is a burgeoning restaurant scene including the Talbot Hotel and the new Malton Cookery School.
Malton is host to a weekly Saturday market and to one of the biggest livestock markets in the north of England. Farmers' markets and Food Lovers markets are also held monthly, offering fine local produce from the surrounding area and attracting internationally famous chefs and food writers. An eclectic mix of architectural styled shops, tearooms, restaurants and cinema surround the market place, in the middle of which stands St. Michael's church. The Milton Rooms stages a range of acts throughout the year. Close to the market place are popular shopping thoroughfares - Wheelgate, Yorkersgate and Castlegate to name but a few - home to many independent local retailers.
The town is served by two independent hotels, the recently refurbished Talbot hotel serves the best of Yorkshire on a plate in the restaurant, bar, drawing room and atrium. The Old Lodge at the opposite side of town is a stunning Tudor mansion set in beautiful grounds backing on to the Castle Gardens, a five acre public park.
Norton-on-Derwent is a thriving town and community separated from Malton by the River Derwent. The town is situated equidistant between the historical medieval city of York and the spa town of Scarborough together with the Yorkshire Heritage Coast. The A64 which bypasses the town affords convenient access.
At the heart of Norton is Church Street and Commercial Street, the main shopping area, bustling with activity and shops, consisting of a good mix of local shopping and businesses including restaurants, public houses and the local fitness centre and swimming pool.
Norton continues to be one of the principal centres in the country for the horse racing industry. Its vibrant horse racing industry is evident within and on the outskirts of the town, having many trainers and stables. Horses are put through their paces at the Langton Wold and Highfield Gallops, and early risers will come across strings of horses in and around the town coming from and going to the gallops. The annual Malton Stables Open Day allows visitors a unique opportunity to see behind the scenes of Malton and Norton’s successful racing industry. Over 20 trainers across Ryedale open their doors to the public each August, along with demonstrations and displays.
Norton and Malton are well served by public transport, the towns' bus and railway station are both situated in Norton. The railway station is on the TransPennine Express Route with fast trains every hour running from Scarborough to York, Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool. Norton is also home to the Coastliner bus service with regular services running from Leeds, through York and Norton out towards Pickering, Whitby, Scarborough, Filey and Bridlington, in addition to a number of other local bus routes. Both bus and rail links offer visitors the opportunity to enjoy the town’s shops, eateries and local attractions without the need for a car.