Covering an area span of 8,654 square kilometres (3,341 sq mi), North Yorkshire is the largest English county and one of the most rural. Within this territory lie the majority of the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors; and approximately 40% of the county is classified as National Parks.
Attractions in North Yorkshire include plentiful museums, such as the National Railway Society Museum; traditional steam railways including the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway; historic houses and stately homes.
North Yorkshire is also home to the popular Wensleydale cheese, which was first produced by French monks from the Roquefort region who had settled in Wensleydale.
More modern day attractions include the numerous racecourses found in North Yorkshire. These include Thirsk, Redcar, Catterick Bridge and Ripon. Motor enthusiasts also gather at the British Touring Car Championship, British Superbike and Pickup truck Racing Series, held at North Yorkshire's motor racing Croft Circuit annually.