Welcome To Yorkshire
The Yorkshire Dales National Park covers over 680 square miles of breathtaking,peaceful countryside.
Quiet heather-clad moors,colourful hay meadows and green pastures are criss-crossed by dry stone walls and dotted with well-kempt field barns.Sheltering amid the valleys are picturesque villages set by clear rivers,where cafes,inns and craft workshops are waiting to welcome you.
Each dale possesses its own unique character,from the archetypal limestone landscape of Wharfedale,to wild narrow Swaledale and broad fertile Wensleydale.Featuring among all this rural tranquillity are remnants of an ancient and industrial past,such as Malhamdale’s Bronze Age settlements and the lead mining heritage of Arkengarthdale.
Naturally,the outdoor pursuits are outstanding – walking the Dales Way,mountain biking the Settle Loop of the Pennine Bridleway,climbing up Malham Cove and venturing below ground at Ingleton to see some of the country’s most spectacular caves.Bolton Abbey and Fountains Abbey offer gentle,scenic strolls.
Everyone will find lots to see and do…an historic castle to explore at Skipton;and museums to discover,such as the Jorvik Viking Centre in York,Haworth’s Bronte Parsonage and the Dales Countryside
Museum in Hawes,enchantingly housed in the former railway station.
Young ones will adore the fantastic folly of the Forbidden Corner in Middleham,the World of James Herriot in Thirsk and boarding a steam train on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway,made famous by the film The Railway Children. At the entrance to the Dales lies Harrogate,an elegant,floral spatown,where you will find tea rooms,antique shops,designer boutiques and the UK’s finest Turkish baths.
For all experiences,great and small, the Yorkshire Dales is without equal.