I moved to Ilkley near Leeds 20 years ago. Love it, love Yorkshire. Beautiful countryside, cheap housing, lots of employment, friendly people. Also lots of choice of different areas to live. Very stylish city with lots of culture and good transport links to other cities. London in 2.5 hrs. Weather definitely not so good as London but everything else compensates for it.
I have lived in Ilkley for the last 20 years, and I love it! It is a beautiful town in a great setting, just on the edge of Ilkley moor. It is a short drive into the Yorkshire Dales and is a half hour train ride to Leeds and Bradford. The town is full of stylish cafes, restaurants and interesting shops and there is lots to do for all age groups. And if you are looking for new friends, my website togetherfriends has a vibrant group of ladies in Ilkley (and in other parts of Yorkshire) who meet for coffee and meals out on a regular basis!