Explore each and every Yorkshire Dale
There are over 30 valleys or dales, each different in character and feel. Dry stone walls and field barns are some of the Yorkshire Dales' most distinctive features, along with very friendly people! Within these pages you'll find dozens of recommendations for places to go and things to do, all suggested by locals.
The Yorkshire Dales are not just a rambler’s paradise of dramatic hills. Anyone can revel in the simple joy of paddling in a gentle stream. The Dales' market towns are restful, without being sleepy. Take your time and wander into independent shops dotted around historic cobbled market squares.
When you want to be indoors there are stunning houses, fascinating museums and quirky attractions to enjoy. You can see history brought to life with a fun re-enaction in Bolton Castle or visit one of the many art galleries or craft workshops. Uplifting festivals and other exciting events take place throughout the year. Everything that happens is set within a glorious backdrop of dramatic scenery, fresh air and greenery.
There's a lot to see in every area so it's worth basing yourself in one dale and really getting to know it well. There are so many different ways to explore and some fantastic country shows. The influence of sheep is everywhere - you'll see the Swaledale ram's face on Yorkshire Dales National Park signs.
"Walking in the Yorkshire Dales makes me feel so happy. Especially following the long distance trails - we have some of the best in the UK - the beautiful riverside Dales Way, historic Lady Anne's Way, Wainwright's classic Coast to Coast, the challenging Dales High Way and the Pennine Way. Whether you walk a short stretch or tackle a multi-day trek, following these paths takes you to the very heart of the Yorkshire Dales. Happiness guaranteed." Chris Grogan, Skyware Press
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