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Yorkshire Dales National Park

Dramatic scenery and a warm welcome

Yorkshire Dales National Park

Located around the Pennines in the North of England, the Yorkshire Dales National Park is home to some of the most outstanding scenery in Britain. With 680 square miles of rolling hills and dales, rich heritage and magnificent wildlife, the Yorkshire Dales are the perfect place to get...

Dales are deep valleys cut by rivers, and there are over 20 to explore in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, each with its own distinctive character and atmosphere. But the dales are just some of the natural attractions that draw thousands of visitors to the park each year. Others include the dramatic limestone pavement at Malham Cove which was created during the last Ice Age; the magnificent waterfalls at Hardraw Force, Aysgarth Falls and Cautley Spout; and the spectacular rock formations at Brimham Rocks.

You’ll find plenty of man-made attractions to keep you busy too. Castles are dotted all over the park’s landscape, but the 900 year-old Skipton Castle, 700 year-old Ripley Castle and the magnificent Bolton Castle are all must-sees. The Dales Countryside Museum is the perfect place to find out more about the people and places of the Yorkshire Dales.

While you’re in Yorkshire, you’ll find fantastic food and drink experiences around every corner, from sampling locally brewed ale in a traditional Yorkshire pub to touring a local creamery to see how the legendary Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese is made.

Top 5 things to see and do

1. Sample the local ale at the Tan Hill Inn, the highest pub in Britain at 1,732 feet

2. Take in the magnificent views over the dales with a trip on the Settle-Carlisle Railway

3. Get your walking boots on and explore one of the four National Trails that cross the park

4. Experience the best local cuisine at the Dales Festival of Food and Drink in May

5. Walk the limestone pavement at the top of the 80 metre-high Malham Cove

Find out more: www.visittheyorkshiredales.co.uk