The Three Ridings of Yorkshire are the ancient division of the county, and the creation of the Norse period from which Yorkshire itself arose. Yorkshire, as the largest county in the United Kingdom, is most conveniently divided and the three ridings are the fundamental geographical and cultural divisions of the shire.
The three ridings surround the City of York, their boundaries meeting at the walls of the city: thus York within the walls is the only part of Yorkshire outside any of the ridings.
The three are:
Each riding is divided into Wapentakes.
The name "Riding" is from the Old Norse Þriding or Þriðing, meaning a "thirding". The term "Thriding" survived into the Middle Ages.
The Roaming the Ridings logo comprises of elements taken from each historic Riding coat of arms, combining them along with the established aesthetic born from my first Pub Guide Within the Walls.
As the Ridings surround the walls of York and York was my first home I thought it was rather apt to explore the rest of Yorkshire with this name now that I am soon to be based in Otley.
This is our planning map, locations marked in Green have already been visited and you can find the places under the Pub Reviews drop down menu at the top of the page.
These may be updated as we return to the bigger Towns and Cities.
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