Skipton has been crowned the most desirable area in the country to live in a new guide published today.

The authors of the list selected Skipton for its ideal combination of low crime rates, “top class” schools, great transport links, a “buzzing” high street dominated by independent shops, pretty and reasonably priced property, and beautiful surrounding countryside.

Second in the list is Newnham, a district in the city of Cambridge, which was praised for offering “country living in the heart of Cambridge”, which retains a genuine village atmosphere.

Monmouth in Monmouthshire, Wales is ranked third – the authors of the list describe it as a charming and attractive market town, which has good transport links and high-performing schools.

Seaside town Falmouth in Cornwall takes fourth spot for combining its traditional attractions of wonderful sea views, beaches and countryside with a newly earned reputation as a cultural hub.

Helen Davies, Home Editor for the Sunday Times, which published its annual Best Places To Live supplement today, said: “The four places we have selected demonstrate the range of fantastic places there are to live across Britain. Skipton is a worthy winner for this year but each place featured deserves its spot on the list.”

The guide combines data and statistics such as crime rates, house prices and school performance with the local knowledge and expertise of Sunday Times writers to compile the definitive top 101 best locations to make your home.