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The Wonderful Yorkshire Dales

Are you planning a visit to the Yorkshire Dales? Why not spend a bit of time reading the articles below and discover the wonders of the Dales and surrounding area. Lose yourself in the magnificent beauty of the rolling countryside, with its traditional limestone walls, lush green field, spectacular waterfalls and rugged landscape.

Skipton, South Dales

Airedale takes its name from the river Aire that runs through the valley or 'dale' as they are known. The River Aire flows from its source high up in the Dales and travels on through different...

 

Richmond, North Dales

With evidence of settlements from as early as Viking times the dale holds lots of historical interest and is surrounded by some magnificent scenery. So much so that it has been the location for...

 

Sedbergh, South Dales

Barbon Hall stands within the valley and is part of the Barbon Manor Estate. The magnificent building was built in the 19th century and originally housed cholera victims in isolation. The estate is...

 

Hawes, North Dales

Situated close to Swaledale and Wensleydale, Birkdale is a much less visited and tranquil place to explore and relax. Birkdale Beck runs through the valley and meets with Great Sleddale Beck to then...

 

Leyburn, North Dales

The small tranquil village of Newbiggin is situated in the south of Bishopdale and has one long narrow street passing through the centre. The traditional stone cottages are clustered around the edges...

 

Skipton, South Dales

There is always something going on in Buckden, and during the summer the village is a hive of activity with its traditional annual Gala. The villagers get together to enjoy the spectacular Brass...

 

Ingleton, South Dales

Whernside and Ingleborough, part of The Three Peaks, are both situated within the dale and the wonderful and unique limestone landscape, with caves, scars and picturesque dry stone walls is only...

 

Settle, South Dales

Clapham Beck runs down from its source in Beck Head Cave, high on Ingleborough, which is one of the Yorkshire Three Peaks. Running through the valley until it reaches an ornamental lake in the...

 

Leyburn, North Dales

The clear clean waters are inhabited by Grayling and Brown Trout and the many crossing points with stepping stones and stone bridges provide excellent fishing sites. The sides of the valley are...

 

Sedbergh, South Dales

The valley has breathtaking views which have always inspired many artists, poets, craftsmen and musicians. There are three pubs within the dale and plenty of accommodation which is ideal for walkers...

 

Sedbergh, North Dales

Garsdale has a population of just over 200 inhabitants; many of the houses in the dale are used as second homes. The only public building within Garsdale apart from the churches is the village hall...

 

Ingleton, South Dales

The impressive limestone landscape is filled with hidden natural rock formations, caves and potholes formed by the constant flow of water through and over the rock. Potholing is very popular here as...

 

Hawes, South Dales

The steep sides of the valley are lush and green, dotted with trees and are mainly used as pasture land. The fields are divided by dry limestone walls and farm buildings. Within the valley are the...

 

Settle, South Dales

Littondale is also a superb location for a walking or cycling holiday as there are numerous bridleways and trails to explore which take in some delightful scenery and pass through a number of pretty...

 

Skipton, South Dales

This area is well known for its magnificent limestone scenery. Kirby Malham and Airton are villages found in Malhamdale, south of these are the settlements of Gargrave and Skipton which lie in the...

 

Pateley Bridge, South Dales

The name Nidderdale is taken from the River Nidd which flows through the dale (valley). Nidderdale is many people's favourite dale and is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)....

 

Hawes, North Dales

The tiny River Bain runs through the valley and is thought to be the shortest river in England. There are small clusters of houses and farm buildings scattered throughout the ancient dale, and it has...

 

Settle, South Dales

It winds its way through the spectacular Pennines; this area is known as the backbone of England and includes some of the most stunning and beautiful scenery in the country. The River Ribble first...

 

Hawes, South Dales

The lake was formed at the end of the ice age, when melt water from the melting glaciers was unable to escape from the valley because of the driftwood and debris which had blocked its exit to...

 

Hawes, North Dales

Swaledale runs from west to east to the town of Richmond. Villages in Swaledale include Reeth, Low Row, Grinton, Gunnerside, Thwaite, Keld and Muker. It is not far from the Pennine Way, and the...

 

Barnard Castle, North Dales

In days gone by the River Tees used to mark the border between Durham and Yorkshire. It is a rural destination with much to offer visitors with its beautiful natural landscape, historic market towns...

 

Clitheroe, South Dales

The Forest of Bowland covers 312sq miles of rural North Yorkshire and Lancashire. There is much opportunity for cycling, horse riding, fishing and walking, and offers some of the most rugged,...

 

Settle, South Dales

Sited within the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough are in a triangular formation and are the three most prominent hills in the Pennines, situated at the head of...

 

Leyburn, North Dales

Walden Beck runs through the small hamlets of Walden Head and Walden before reaching the village of West Burton. This area is perfect as a base for exploring the unspoiled countryside and discovering...

 

Harrogate, South Dales

Walking, cycling, fishing and horse riding are popular activities with visitors to the valley who come to enjoy the countryside and fresh air. The valley has a long and interesting history dating...

 

Hawes, North Dales

Wensleydale became particularly well known due to the writings of James Herriot the dales vet, whose books where depicted in the very successful TV programme 'All Creatures Great and Small'. Much of...

 

Skipton, South Dales

Upper Wharfdale's landscape is dominated by white scars of rocks throughout the valley. Dramatic views of Wharfedale can be seen from the B6160 as you drive along, with Bolton Abbey and the River...

 

Skipton, South Dales

The Yorkshire Dales provides an important habitat for many species of plants, birds, mammals and reptiles, many of which are rare and have been identified in the UK as priorities for...