Destination: The Yorkshire Dales


National Park land with fields, dales and dry stone walls.

The Yorkshire Dales

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Introducing The Yorkshire Dales

The Yorkshire Dales has a diverse and beautiful landscape which ranges from wide valley pastures with gently flowing rivers to crags, grasslands and moors on the hill tops, where strange rock formations and caves can be found. Add to this a patchwork of tranquil villages and bustling market towns filled with heritage and you have all the ingredients of a great escape. A few of these beautiful places are described below.

The Yorkshire Dales

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Region: North East England

Time to spend here: 1 -2 days

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What's nearby? Yorkshire Dales!

What transport do you recommend? Transport in the area isn't great and it's difficult to see the area properly without a vehicle or guide.

Did you know? Richmond Castle walls are the oldest Castle walls in Britain dating from 1080.

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Ingleborough is one of the 3 highest peaks in the National Park at 723 meters, and can be reached within half an hour walking from Clapham, an idyllic village with stone cottages lining the brook. Stunning views can be had as you look across to Ribblehead Viaduct, to the peaks of Whernside and Pen-y-ghent and southwest to the sea. Ingleborough Cave has tours taking you through the beautiful underground world of stalactites and stalagmites, sculpted by nature.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Malham Cove

The countryside around Malham provides you with some of the finest scenery in Britain. Malham Cove is a limestone amphitheatre formed through ice and water erosion after the last ice age. At the top, there is a remarkable limestone pavement with its clints (small flat blocks) and grikes (deep crevices between), and a sensational view over the valley. Beyond, the Dry Valley leads northwards towards Malham Tarn, a great spot for a picnic.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information


The charming village of Kettlewell with its narrow streets and classic grey stone cottages looks down on valley pastures divided by the quintessentially English dry stone wall.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information


Grassington is a delightful village on the river Wharfe. Its cobbled square is home to lots of family owned shops, cafes and restaurants. The village is also becoming known as the arts and crafts capital of the Yorkshire Dales, with a number of galleries displaying local artist's work.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Bolton Abbey

Bolton Abbey lies in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales on the banks of the River Wharfe. The abbey dates back to the mid-twelfth century, and while much of it is now in ruins, the nave was rescued and is now the Priory Church, which has some beautiful paintings inside as well as glorious stained glass windows.
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Hawes is a bustling market town and a great base for exploring the Wensleydale area, with plenty of walks and tours available. The town is home to Wenselydale creamery (famous as being Wallace and Gromit's favourite cheese!) One mile north of Hawes is the spectacular Hardraw Force, England's highest waterfall with a 30-meter single drop.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

The Forbidden Corner

The Forbidden Corner is a unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises created in a four-acre garden in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. It's great fun for families as you try to find all the clues within the maze.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Settle and Carlisle Railway

The Settle and Carlisle Railway is a great way of getting between the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District national parks. The 72 miles of track take you through the Yorkshire Dales, over the 24 arches of the splendid Ribblehead Viaduct, through the gentle rolling hills of the Eden Valley, with rural villages and market towns before arriving at Carlisle.
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