Yorkshire Dales

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Yorkshire Dales

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Yorkshire Dales [1] 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.

Understand

History

Landscape

Flora and fauna

Climate

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.

Get in

  • Leeds-Bradford airport is the closest airport offering a huge range of flights from Europe including links to the major hubs of Heathrow and Amsterdam.
  • There is 'Englands most scenic railway', the famous Settle - Carlisle railway, which can be most easily accessed from Leeds station, with stops throughout the Dales.
  • There are regular bus routes through the dales but due to the country roads these can take a while. Driving remains unfortunately the easiest way to access most of the countryside destinations.

Fees/Permits

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.

Get around

See

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

Do

  • 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

Buy

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.

Eat

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

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.

Sleep

Lodging

  • YHAs are available throughout the park
  • 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.

Camping

  • 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

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

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

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