We think that the Yorkshire Dales are one of the happiest and healthiest places in the world! Beauty is all around us, nature thrives, the air is fresh, people are friendly, food is tasty and wholesome.
Top ten Dales ways to feel happy & healthy
1. Giggle. Roll down a hill. Feel like a child again, indulge in a little gentle rule-breaking. Be a lazy layabout, eat with your hands. Pick up a picnic. Paddle in a stream.
2. Take a different route, explore in a different way. Take a new path, unlock fresh thoughts and ideas. Try travelling without your car.
3. Climb a hill. Enjoy the sense of achievement. Breathe in the fresh air. Marvel at the world around you. Spot all the distinctive Yorkshire Dales features such as our dry stone walls and barns, hay meadows, curlews...
4. Enjoy time with friends and family, meet new people. Eat, drink and be merry. Savour our flavour.
5. Explore. Discover each individual dale. Stand and stare. See their differences. Speak to locals who'll willingly divulge their insider secrets on what to do and where to go
6. Learn a new skill. Do something creative. Use your hands. Appreciate the skill of artists and craftspeople, inspired by this beautiful landscape
7. Sit still for long enough to really feel the world around you. Experience it with all your senses. Smell the fresh air, switch off your music, tune into the bird song. Feel the grass tickling your feet. Ditch the GPS for a compass. Just look.
8. Believe in magic. The magic of nature, the delight of ancient tales. Discover some of our quirky traditions and stories.
9. Stay up late. Marvel at the incredible night sky. Live in the moment, delight in the detail.
10. Treat yourself. Treat others. Buy from real people, who've lovingly created products with a story and sense of place.
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" Pick a day of blue skies and warm air and find your way onto an expanse of heather moorland. Lie back on the heather, close your eyes, listen (to the songs of curlews, skylarks, bumblebees and more) and open your nose to the heavenly honey-tinged scent of flowering purple heather. And think to yourself: does it get any better than this?" Jamie Roberts, Kilnsey Park