Malton is a vibrant, historic market town in North Yorkshire, England.
Dating back to Roman times, it is situated north of the River Derwent, neighbouring the town of Norton-On-Derwent to the south. Located some 18 miles from York to the west, and 23 miles from Scarborough on Britain’s eastern coastline, Malton borders the Howardian Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is also situated less than ten miles from the North York Moors National Park, one of the largest expanses of heather moorland in the United Kingdom. Malton has a population of approximately 5,000 people.
The town is steeped in history. Charles Dickens was a frequent visitor, stemming from his close friendship with Charles Smithson, a solicitor based at offices in the town’s Chancery Lane. Smithson first met Dickens while he was in London during his legal training and a life-long friendship ensued – and there are echoes of the Malton connection in several Dickens novels. In July 1843 Dickens stayed for three weeks at Easthorpe Hall, Smithson’s home near the town. Dickens wrote: “. . . this is the most remarkable place of its size in England, and immeasurably the most beautiful.”
Malton is surrounded by rural farmland, and the area has also been associated with the training of thoroughbred race horses for more than 300 years. With 30 trainers in the area, and more than 1,000 horses, it is the third largest training centre in Britain.
In recent years, Malton has fast gained a reputation as the food capital of Yorkshire, with its weekly market days, food production industries, and annual food festival. It is a haven for visitors, with numerous places to eat and drink, and with easy parking – for shoppers to browse its many quirky stores and independent retailers, both old and new, high street shops, cafés, pubs and restaurants.
For tourists, Malton is surrounded by breath-taking wide open countryside, centuries old historic buildings, and other visitor sites.
In March 2014, Malton was voted one of the best places to live in Britain by The Sunday Times.