WENSLEYDALE cheese, Swaledale sheep and writer, Alan Bennett, have all been named on a list of Yorkshire’s best-loved icons.

Mr Bennett, who has a home in Clapham, was voted the greatest living icon in the county, appearing in seventh place on the 75-strong list, while the cheese followed in eighth place and the sheep in 54th.

The Three Peaks, which includes Ingleborough, also appeared on the list, in 44th place.

The poll of 11,000 people was carried out by Dalesman magazine to mark its 75th anniversary and several of the county’s best-known names spoke out about their own choices.

Sir Patrick Stewart said: “Nowhere is more iconic for me than the Three Peaks in the Yorkshire Dales National Park; Ingleborough, Whernside and Penyghent.

“I knew this landscape as a child when at weekends I would cycle there from my home in the industrial West Riding.”

And Alan Titchmarsh revealed his love for Alan Bennett, who he described as ‘a man of great insight, great warmth and enormous generosity of spirit’.

The Yorkshire pudding topped the list.

The full list will be published in the Dalesman magazine’s April edition.