Yorkshire Dales

The Yorkshire Dales are a scenic series of hills and valleys in Northern England, situated centrally within a two-hour drive from the Lake District and the city of York. This area straddles the low-rising Pennine mountain range running through the center of Northern England, crowned by Three Peaks at an elevation of 2,300 feet. These landscapes are created by rivers and streams running to the sea, offering vistas of rolling pastures and heather-covered moorland broken up by dramatic stone walls and limestone caves.

Yorkshire Dales National Park

Yorkshire Dales National Park
Yorkshire Dales National Park

In 1954, 680 square miles of this geologic area in North Yorkshire and Cumbria was designated as Yorkshire Dales National Park. A recent approved proposal will eventually add 162 square miles to the park and connect the Yorkshire Dales to the England’s popular Lake District. The national park is known especially for its wide variety of plant and wildlife, including several rare breeds of birds that find refuge in the park’s protection. In addition to five visitor centers located throughout the park, the Dales Countryside Museum in Wensleydale offers in-depth information about the park’s ecosystem.

Hiking & Walking

Hiking & Walking
Hiking & Walking

Perhaps the most popular activity in the Yorkshire Dales is hiking and walking. Long appreciated throughout England, the tradition of long-distance walking is celebrated throughout the park. There are many footpaths, some extending long distances such as Dales Way, Pennine Bridleway, and the Coast-to-Coast Path. In addition, there are also pathways specifically for cycling and horseback riding. Other activities include hill walking, mountain biking, cave exploring, and water sports.

Yorkshire Dales Lodging

Yorkshire Dales Lodging
Yorkshire Dales Lodging

There are many types of lodging options throughout the dales. Hotels such as Yorebridge House in Bainbridge and the Traddock in Settle offer updated, comfortable amenities in traditional English structures. The personal attention offered at bed and breakfasts are especially popular in the rural dales, such as that of the Holly Grange Guest House in Ingleton. Outdoor enthusiasts have many campgrounds to choose from, such as the Holme Farm in Horton-in-Ribblesdale. Many Yorkshire Dales pubs offer room rentals, and there are cottage rentals and private vacation homes available, as well.

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