Yorkshire Dales National Park

The Yorkshire dales is renowned for its warm welcome, super local food and spectacular scenery. The landscape is diverse with dramatic landscape of valleys, peaks and moorland. What ever the season the Dales are sensational and a time spent in this wonderful location is an experience you will never forget.

A view of the Yorkshire dales from Grassington

For lovers of the outdoors the Dales really is paradise. Whatever your passion, hill walking, mountain biking, fishing, horse riding or caving the Dales offers you the chance to live your life to the full in the most spectacular of scenery. The dales are a vast area of winding paths, caves and moorland just waiting to be explored. There are a number of challenging walks which may appeal to the more dedicated walker including the Dales Way an 80 mile walk starting in Ilkley and finishing at Bowness in Windermere in the Lake District. The Pennine Way is an even more challenging walk starting in Edale in Derbyshire and finishing in Kirt Yethom in Scotland, during the walk which is 268 miles in total you pass through some of the Yorkshire Dales most beautiful landscape

The Yorkshire Dales are scattered with picturesque market towns such as Skipton and Kirby Lonsdale. Market days are lively, vibrant and full of character. A visit on market day offers you the opportunity see a little more of the people who live and work in the Yorkshire Dales. In general you will find that shopping is a much more personal experience than city centers or shopping malls with many shops specializing in paintings, pottery, glass and handcrafted and locally made products.

The Yorkshire Dales is an area rich in cultural and heritage. Skipton Castle is a wonderfully preserved medieval fortress complete with haunted dungeon, you can take a guided tour or just wonder around at your own leisure with the children. Richmond Castle has many a story to tell and legend links it to King Arthur. Fountains Abbey situated close to Ripon is a World Heritage Site and is with out doubt worth a visit.

The Yorkshire Dales is an area renowned for good food and drink. Many of the cafes, restaurants and pubs endeavor to serve local produce including Wensleydale Cheese, local beef and lamb, free range eggs and delicious ice cream. Two of the best independent brewery’s in the UK are based in Masham, both Black Sheep and Theakstons have a great tradition of producing superb beer.

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