Helen Pickles

All Creatures Great and Small: how to explore the Yorkshire Dales

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All Creatures Great and Small (Playground Television UK, Channel 5)

James Herriot’s story about a country vet, with scene-stealing backdrops and a coterie of country characters first instilled the Yorkshire Dales into the popular imagination back in 1972. The beauty of Yorkshire wasn’t lost on Herriot, whose real name was Alf Wright: ‘At times it seemed unfair that I should be paid for my work,’ he writes in All Creatures Great and Small, ‘for driving out in the early morning with the fields glittering under the first pale sunshine and the wisps of mist still hanging on the high tops.’


And it seems millions of others are now discovering the joys of this landscape...

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