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CRAVEN in North York­shire is one of the least-pop­u­lated parts of Eng­land.

Its 56,000 in­hab­i­tants are spread among 454 square miles, mas­sively out­num­bered by sheep which were do­mes­ti­cated 7,000 years ago.

Some 22% of the pop­u­la­tion is aged 65 or over. There are no mo­tor­ways in the dis­trict. Tourism is the largest in­dus­trial sec­tor, fol­lowed by bank­ing, in­surance and fi­nance.

Most of Craven is within the Dales Na­tional Park. Sheep rustling is still a prob­lem. The big­gest em­ployer is the Skip­ton Build­ing So­ci­ety, founded in 1853, still a mu­tual.

The story of Dick Whit­ting­ton is re­puted to be based on the life of Wil­liam Craven of Ap­ple­treewick.

Kilnsey Crag, a great lime­stone out­crop in Wharfedale, is a favourite with climbers.

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