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Mini guide to Selby


Lying in the southern-most corner of North Yorkshire on the River Ouse, Selby is a bustling market town, steeped in history. Selby is believed to have been established by the marauding Danes, who sailed up the River Ouse. The town's claim to fame is that it is the birth place of Henry I, the youngest son of William the Conqueror. Selby is an ideal base from which to visit York, the Dales, Moors and various East Coast resorts.

The stunning 900 year old Abbey dominates Selby's town centre. It was founded by the Monk Benedict of Auxerre, giving the town a strong link with France. Furthermore the famous 14th century Washington Window bears the Washington family arms, which was used as the basis of the American flag.

Yorkshire is the place for outdoor activities and Selby offers its fair share here. The banks of the Selby Canal are perfect for a pleasant stroll on the Horseshoe Walk. The canal runs from West Haddlesey to the town centre. Barge rides on the canal is another option. For those with more energy, there is a 15 mile cycle path from Selby all the way to York. There are many parks in and around Selby: the Barlow Common Nature Reserve covers 100 acres of woodland, meadows, ponds and lake, with great walking trails; Bishopwood Open Forest covers 850 acres of forest, which was once a royal hunting ground and great for observing deer and other wildlife; and Skipwith Common Nature Reserve is 500 acres in size and well known among birdwatchers.

Selby is can easily reached by road, as it is located right off the M1, M62, and M18 motorways. Train access is good, with direct links with London, Hull, Leeds, York and Manchester. Three airports are within easy access from Selby: Manchester, Leeds-Bradford and Humberside.

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