CRAVEN has come out as the second best place to retire in the UK, according to research carried out by Hunters Estate Agents.

The estate agent ranked some of the most popular retirement locations in England based on factors such as transport connections, air quality, crime levels, and average house prices to determine the best place for older people to live.

Its research revealed that the Craven area appealed to retirees due to its largely rural area full of spectacular beauty spots, such as Malham Cove and Bolton Abbey and the Yorkshire Dales National Park; as well as market towns Skipton and Settle.

Also of appeal was Craven's good road links across the M65, M6, A1(M) and more, making it an 'easy' place for drivers to navigate the area and to travel further afield.

Scarborough came in at first place, due to its house prices - the average cost of a home is £263,704. Also popular amongst retirees according to the research, was its seaside location, train station, 12th century castle and close proximity to the North York Moors and the Wolds.

In third place, after Craven was Wychavon in Worcestershire, which has seen a 31 per cent increase in the number of residents aged 65 years old and over over the last ten years.

The top 10 place to retire in the UK, according to Hunters research using data from UK House Price Index,

1 Scarborough

2 Craven

3 Wychavon

4 Wyre Forest

5 Cotswold

6 Stratford-upon-Avon

7 Hambleton

8 Ryedale

9 Sedgemoor

10 South Somerset