Yorkshire Dales Tourist Information

Walking around Buckden, Upper Wharfedale

Walking around Buckden, Upper Wharfedale

Last updated: 9th Jun 2014

Northern England’s Yorkshire Dales straddle that great backbone of Britain, The Pennines, and are one of the UK’s favourite National Parks for outdoor recreation. Dotted with picturesque villages and market towns rich in cultural heritage, the Dales is a landscape shaped during the ice age, with a distinctive limestone scene to the south containing magnificent cave systems, the mighty Millstone Grit landscapes of Ribbersdale and the Three Peaks and to the north the gentler grassy Howgills and rolling countryside of Swaledale and Wensleydale.

Explore the famous waterfalls of the Yorkshire Dales from Hardraw Force to Aysgarth Falls and Cautley Spout or hike up to post-glacial lakes at Malham Tarn and Semerwater. Each of the Dales have their own distinct characters and different landscapes, dependent on geology. You’ll find plenty of record breakers in the region from England’s highest pub and fastest river in Swaledale to the highest lake at Malham Tarn and tallest single drop waterfall at Hardraw Force.

Cycling in the Yorkshire Dales

Cycling in the Yorkshire Dales

Stay in ancient villages and hamlets, sample the finest local produce and real ales in Yorkshire Dales traditional inns, visit craft centres, browse award-winning farmers’ markets or tour mighty Medieval castles and heritage mills – you’ll never be short of things to do! Yorkshire Dales scenery has appeared in numerous tv shows, films and documentaries from James Herriot’s Yorkshire of Swaledale and Wensleydale to Malham Cove’s appearance in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Take your pick of walking and cycling trails criss-crossing the Yorkshire Dales from the Pennine Way National trail running up through the heart of the park to the Dales High Way winding through Malhamdale, Ribbledale and the Howgills. Wainwright’s Coast to Coast Path also pushes across the northern edge of the Dales via walker’s favourite Reeth.

Sit back and soak up the landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales on the classic 72 mile route of the Settle-Carlisle Railway, ‘England’s most scenic railway’. Get away from the hustle and bustle and holiday in the Yorkshire Dales! Book online now with iknow.

Accommodation in the Yorkshire Dales

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Contemporary stone built holiday cottage near Hawes with three bedrooms, lovely garden, roll top bath, games console & Wi-Fi service. Off peak short breaks. No pets.
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Luxury Georgian country house hotel in Austwick, award winning restaurant serving delicious, locally sourced food, 12 en-suite guest rooms, idyllic location in the Yorkshire Dales.
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Recently refurbished Aysgarth Falls Hotel with 11 stunning guest rooms, pub and restaurant serving great food and ales, outdoor terraces and cosy bar with real fire.
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Delightful self catering cottage near Masham with excellent countryside views. Two bedrooms, well-suited to a relaxing romantic getaway or a family break.
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Built in 1908, Stone House Hotel is a stunning hotel in The Yorkshire Dales and close to the market town of Hawes. Offering luxurious en suite rooms and delicious breakfasts.
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