County of Northumberland Northumberland, the most northerly county in England, is one of the most unspoilt and sparsely populated, except in the busy Tyneside district. From the sandy coast, off which lie the Farne Islands and Holy Island, the land rises gently through an attractive pastoral belt to the mountainous moors of the Middle Marches.
County of Yorkshire Yorkshire was once the largest county in England and is divided into three Ridings which meet near the city of York, though York itself is in no Riding. The West Riding, the largest, was the centre of the great woollen and iron industries of Yorkshire. The East Riding is predominantly agricultural. Yorkshire is noted of its dales, its moors, and its coast.