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The Yorkshire Dales [1] are in North Yorkshire. They are world-famous for their picturesque combination of rolling hills, woodland, wild moorland, dramatic landscapes and gentle valleys that create unique and beautiful vistas. There are many opportunities for great walks and the lovely little dales towns and villages provide a glimpse into traditional old-fashioned Yorkshire life.

Understand[edit]

History[edit]

Landscape[edit]

Flora and fauna[edit]

Climate[edit]

As with the rest of the UK, winter (Oct-Mar) can be wet, cold (-5°C-15°C) and windy, and summer (Jun-Aug) can be warm and sunny (18°C-28°C). However there are no guarantees so it is quite possible for rainy weather in summer and moderate weather in winter.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

  • Leeds-Bradford International Airport [2] - the closest airport offering a range of flights from Europe including links to the major hubs of London Gatwick and Amsterdam. There is an hourly bus link from the airport to Harrogate.
  • Durham Tees Valley Airport [3] is the closest airport for the northern section of the Yorkshire Dales, offering flights from Amsterdam, Dublin and Aberdeen.
  • Newcastle International Airport [4] is is the third closest airport with links from London, Paris, Italy, France, Spain, Amsterdam, Greece and Dubai.

By rail[edit]

There is England's most scenic railway, the famous Settle-Carlisle [5] railway, which can be most easily accessed from Leeds station, with stops throughout the Dales including Skipton - Settle - Horton - Ribblehead - Dent and Garsdale.

Northern [6] provide frequent MetroTrain services from Leeds and Bradford to Ilkley and Skipton, for onward connecting buses to Grassington and Buckden in Wharfedale.

Northern [7] trains also run to Harrogate, for buses to Nidderdale, from Leeds and York.

East Coast Mainline to Northallerton Station with buses into Wensleydale. East Coast [8] from London Kings Cross to Newcasstle, Edinbrough and Aberdeen. Transpennine Express [9] from Manchester to Newcastle

The Wensleydale Railway starting from Leeming Bar travels along Wensleydale to Redmire station.[10]

By bus[edit]

There are several regular bus routes through the dales.

  • DalesBus [11]
  • Postbus [12] - this still exists!
  • Coach Tours [13]

DalesBus is an organisation that is funded by the Dales Integrated Transport Alliance (DITA) and Metro West Yorkshire together these provide DalesBus services which run to and around the Yorkshire Dales in northern England. The weekday routes are mainly local routes around the Dales but on Sundays and bank holidays there are long distance routes which operate from Cities such as York, Leeds and Bradford. These go to places local routes do not reach to provide access to the rural areas of the Dales. Most DalesBus services are operated by various operators such as York Pullman, Arriva, Transdev, Dales and District and many other smaller operators.

Sundays & Bank Holidays (Inc. Long distance)[edit]

Service Operator(s) From To Via Notes
564A Western Dales Community Bus Dent Station Kendal Sedbergh
564C Western Dales Community Bus. Farfield Mill Hawes Dent
800 Yorkshire Tiger Leeds Hawes Illkley, Grassington & Buckden Tuesday service Grassington - Buckden - Aysgarth - Hawes
810 Transdev Burnely & Pendle Burnley Clitheroe Accrington
811 Transdev Burnley & Pendle Clitheroe Settle Slaidburn
812 Stephensons of Easingwold Easingwold Grassington York, Boroughbridge, Ripon & Pateley Bridge Connects with 825 at Pateley Bridge
818 Arriva Yorkshire Dewsbury Otley Bradford Connects onto 820/821
820/821 Arriva Yorkshire Otley Richmond (from 9th June) Via Pateley Bridge, Fountains Abbey, Ripon & Leyburn Until 9th June buses terminate at Leyburn
823 Arriva Yorkshire Selby Harrogate Tadcaster & Boston Spa Connects onto 825
825 Arrvia Yorkshire Harrogate Middlesmoor Brimham Rocks, Pately Bridge & Ramsgill
866/826/830

/831/832

Arrvia North East, Battersby Silver Grey, Kirkby Lonsdale Coach Hire & Transdev Burnley & Pendle Middlesbrough Ingleton Darlington, Richmond, Reeth, Hawes & Ribblehead Services connect onto each other. Service 832 Morecambe - Lancaster - Ingleton
855 Little White Bus Garsdale Station Gayle Hawdraw & Hawes
856 Dales & District Northallerton Gayle Bedale - Leyburn - Aysgarth - Hawes
Upper Dales CONNECT Little White Bus Gayle Hawes Aysgarth Demand Responsive
870 Arriva Yorkshire Wakefield Illkley Leeds & Otley Connects onto 874 to Buckden
871 Transdev Keighley & District Skipton Bus Station Buckden Grassington Connects with X84 at Skipton
872 Transdev Lancashire United Manchester & Burnley Grassington Colne & Skipton Connects onto X43 at Burnley for Manchester
873 York Pullman & Transdev Keighley & District Illkey Malham Skipton & Bolton Abbey
874 Arriva Yorkshire Otley Buckden Illkely & Grassington
875 York Pullman York Malham Knaresborough, Harrogate, Blubberhouses, Bolton Bridge & Skipton Bolton Abbey is short walk from Bolton Bridge
881 Arriva North East & Kirby Lonsdale Coach Hire Malham Ingleton Malham Tarn & Settle
898 Yorkshire Tiger Pudsey Malham Bradford, Shipley, Keighley & Skipton Wednesdays only
899 Yorkshire Tiger Pudsey Grassington Bradford - Shipley - Keighley - Skipton Connects with 800 to Hawes via Buckden & Aysgath. Tuesdays only

Fees/Permits[edit]

There are no fees to pay except the usual entry fee to attractions and campsite fees etc. Permits are required (as in the rest of the UK) for fishing/hunting etc. Fishing licenses are available at Post Offices.

There are bus services around the Yorkshire Dales National Park but it is recommended to have a car as public transport can be infrequent.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Aysgarth Falls - a set of unique waterfalls and rock formations in lush woodland
  • Bolton Abbey - beautiful river-side abbey in picturesque location at the foot of the Dales' hills
  • Grassington - thriving little market town and great base for walks
  • Hawes - another pretty, small and historic market town
  • Ingleborough - one of the highest peaks in the Dales, offering stunning views and great walking opportunities
  • Malham Cove - Stunning rock formation crowned with the famous 'limestone pavements'
  • Masham - on the edge of the Dales, lovely little town with large market place and a few interesting shops and cafés
  • Pen-y-Ghent - dramatic hill, a favourite with walkers
  • Richmond - beautiful town perched on a cliff overlooking the river, with a lovely old centre and dramatic castle
  • Settle - pretty little market town in the Dales with a traditional atmosphere
  • Skipton - attractive historic market town with one of England's largest and best preserved castles

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Go for a walk in the hills and you can feel like you are miles away from any other human being, surrounded by the beautiful and seemingly endless landscape of green fields and jagged peaks.

Dales[edit]

Wensleydale[edit]

Largest of the Dales, certainly the widest and less steep-sided than most. From Hardrow Force (waterfall} above Hawes, through that very pleasant town to Askrigg (noted for the TV series, 'All Creatures Great and Small,' and on to Aysgarth (major waterfalls), to Wensley and Leyburn. From here the dale's river, the Ure, flows on to York. Still in Wensleydale, the ruins of Jervaulx Abbey provide a very peaceful setting.

Wharfedale[edit]

This is many people's favourite dale and would be the longest, if the top part were not called Lansstrothdale. It contains the fine villages (ordered up the river) of Bolton Abbey, Burnsall, Grassington, Conistone, Kettlewell, Starbotton and Buckden. As well as the old Bolton Priory, the nave of which survived the dissolution of the monasteries because it served as the parish church, there is Clifford's Tower and the Cavendish memorial. The Strid, a very narrow and potentially dangerous stretch of the Wharfe, lies a short way above Bolton Priory.

Langstrothdale[edit]

The name given to the Wharfe above Buckden. Hubberholme with its delightful church is the only place of note but the riverbed makes for an easily accessed Paradise for children with polished smooth limestone on each side. By following the road beyond Langstrothdale, Wensleydale can be reached near Hawes after a very scenic drive.

Ribblesdale[edit]

Mainly a north-south dale, Ribblesdale runs through fine limestone scenery with plentiful caves in the near vicinity, including the extensive Alum's Pot system. The area immediately around Horton in Ribblesdale is much marred by quarrying but beauty is restored at Stainforth and Settle.

Swaledale[edit]

A beautiful east-west dale north of Wensleydale and connected with it by some scenically fine unclassified roads, including the 'Buttertubs Pass,' named after the shape of impressive potholes beside the road. Keld, Thwaite, Gunnerside and Reeth are the main villages with the market town of Richmond and easby Abey at the lower end of the dale.

Dentdale[edit]

Littondale[edit]

Cotterdale[edit]

Coverdale[edit]

Kingsdale[edit]

Buy[edit][add listing]

The Dales is not known as a major shopping destination, but many of the towns and villages have a range of small tourist and craft shops as well as local ameneties. The markets can be treaure troves of local produce. The nearest major shopping city is Leeds, but nearer-by Skipton and Harrogate have a selection of shops.

  • Hawes. Market, rope-maker's shop and a few good antique shops.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

Find a traditional Yorkshire pub in any of the numerous villages, for a fair value hearty meal. Traditional favourite is Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding.

Drink[edit][add listing]

There are a variety of local beers to try in any local pub. Just a short journey westwards from the A1, main arterial road north,lies the village of Wensley. This village gives its name to the local dale and is a favourite spot in the whole of the Dales. Whilst here, drop into the local pub (there is only one) to sample the brews from the local Wensleydale Brewery, particularly the "Poacher" and "Gamekeeper". These are drinks to die for! But, take it easy if you want to be able to enjoy the scenery afterwards! These are brews of around 5 per cent. You can sit outside if the weather is good or sit inside and enjoy a pub interior that owes nothing to modern `drink-factory` design.

A recent addition to the Yorkshire Dales brewing scene is the Yorkshire Dales Brewing Company. The brewery makes a variety of beers - taking inspiration from both Yorkshire and abroad. A number of pubs have a house beer brewed by the company. The brewery can be found in Askrigg, location of the TV series "All creatures Great and Small".

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Lodging[edit]

Many pubs offer B&B (bed and breakfast), there are also B&B guesthouses, though these can be pricey, and hard to book in summer.

  • Hostels, [14]. Available throughout the park.  edit

Camping[edit]

There are numerous campsites available throughout the Dales, the cheapest way to see the Dales, though in winter weather (Oct-Mar) can be too cold, windy and wet.

Stay safe[edit]

There is little crime in the Dales except for petty theft from cars so leave valuables hidden. Take precautions against the weather if going out walking etc.

Get out[edit]

  • Leeds - the biggest city in Yorkshire and is easily accessible, by road or rail.
  • York - historic and is easily accessible, by road or rail.
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