Yorkshire Dales Tourist Information

Walking around Buckden, Upper Wharfedale

Walking around Buckden, Upper Wharfedale

Last updated: 6th Jul 2015

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.

Did you know?

Although the North York Moors National Park is also in North Yorkshire it is actually further away from the Yorkshire Dales than the Lake District National Park in neighbouring Cumbria.

Accommodation in the Yorkshire Dales

Ingleton guest house offering accommodation in beautiful Yorkshire Dales surroundings, with on-site floral gardens and delicious breakfasts. On-site parking. Free Wi-Fi.
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Historical, Grade II listed cottage in Yorkshire. Fully fitted kitchen, great self catering breaks. Lounge with open fire. Surrounded by countryside, ideal for walks. Wi-Fi.
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Inviting, four star coaching inn that dates back the 18th century. Located in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales beneath the three peaks of Pen-y-ghent. Free Wi-Fi. Pet friendly.
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5 star gold award luxury bungalow in Masham. Close to Yorkshire Dales National Park. 2 bedrooms. 2 bathrooms. South-facing garden with patio and BBQ. Off-road parking. Free Wi-Fi.
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Charming 18th century cottage near Ilkley. Ideal for exploring the Yorkshire Dales. Lounge with wood-burner, modern galley kitchen. Original features. Great views. Parking. Wi-Fi.
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