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Yorkshire Dales  are in the county of North Yorkshire, UK. 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.
Flora and fauna
As with the rest of the UK, winter months (Oct - Mar) can be wet, cold (15C to -5C) and windy, and summer months (June - Aug) can be warm and sunny (18C to 28C). However there are no guarantees so it is quite possible for rainy weather in summer and moderate weather in winter.
There are no fees to pay except usual entry to attractions and campsite fees etc. Permits are required (as across the UK) for fishing/hunting etc. Fishing licenses are available at Post Offices.
The largest of the east-west Dales, named after one of its towns rather than its river, the Ure. From
Hawes it goes eastwards through Askrigg [setting for TV series 'Last of the Summer Wine,' Aysgarth, with scenic falls and Wensley to Leyburn. The ruins of jervaulx Abbey are in a more ruined state than some but provide a setting of great peace.
An impressive dale running from Buckden, above which it's called Langstrothdale, south until it loses the 'dale' part of its name a bit below Bolton Abbey. It includes a very fast and potentially dangerous stretch of the Wharfe called 'the Strid. Villages include Burnsall, Grassington, Conistone, Kettlewell and Starbotton.
Swaledale Dentdale Ribblesdale Littondale Cotterdale Coverdale Kingsdale
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.
As well as a good market, Hawes has a rope-maker's shop and a few good antique shops.
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.
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 my 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. I can particularly speak of "Poacher" and "Gamekeeper". As a Yorkshire ex-pat,living down South for the last fifty years and going back this year to re-visit, I can confirm 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.
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.