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    Why we love the Yorkshire Dales

    Proof that perfection can’t be rushed, the Yorkshire Dales was millions of years in-the-making. With its heather-topped moorlands, hefty peaks and patchwork of pastures, this is quintessential British countryside with a hardy edge – sculpted by ancient glaciers and jam-packed with fossils.

    To explore it all, it’s best to stay on the move: hill hiking, gorge climbing, valley cycling and village touring. Maybe you’ll ride a steam train over Ribblehead Viaduct’s towering arches, or trot through the wild moors on horseback? Beneath your feet, there’s a warren of caves and grottoes to discover too – while the Dales’ rich farming heritage makes it a real foodie hotspot.

    Whatever your adventure, here’s how to delve deeper into Yorkshire Dales National Park.

    Things to do in Yorkshire Dales

    Conquer the three hills of Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside - a 24-mile circular challenge for walkers.

    Find out more about the routes
    Hawnby Peak Scar Three Riders Pan Shot
    Yorkshire Three Peaks

    Marvel at this majestic megalith of Victorian engineering in an iconic location in the middle of the Three Peaks.

    Find out more about Ribblehead Viaduct
    Steam train crossing the Ribblehead Viaduct, Yorkshire Dales, England, UK
    Ribblehead Viaduct

    Discover the story behind the extraordinary Yorkshire Dales and the people who have shaped the landscape for centuries.

    Discover more about Dales Countryside Museum
    Dales Countryside Museum
    Dales Countryside Museum

    Head into the depths of the longest show cave in Britain and discover an impressive geological show.

    Explore White Scar
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    White Scar

    This vibrant market town stands at the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales. Explore a castle, cobbled streets and riverside walks.

    Discover more about the original Richmond
    Richmond Castle
    Richmond

    Conquer the three hills of Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside - a 24-mile circular challenge for walkers.

    Find out more about the routes
    Hawnby Peak Scar Three Riders Pan Shot
    Yorkshire Three Peaks

    Marvel at this majestic megalith of Victorian engineering in an iconic location in the middle of the Three Peaks.

    Find out more about Ribblehead Viaduct
    Steam train crossing the Ribblehead Viaduct, Yorkshire Dales, England, UK
    Ribblehead Viaduct

    Discover the story behind the extraordinary Yorkshire Dales and the people who have shaped the landscape for centuries.

    Discover more about Dales Countryside Museum
    Dales Countryside Museum
    Dales Countryside Museum

    Head into the depths of the longest show cave in Britain and discover an impressive geological show.

    Explore White Scar
    Awaiting image
    White Scar

    This vibrant market town stands at the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales. Explore a castle, cobbled streets and riverside walks.

    Discover more about the original Richmond
    Richmond Castle
    Richmond

    Places to stay in Yorkshire Dales

    Heavenly huts

    Who needs four walls? Wake up to beautiful countryside when you stay in a campsite, log cabin, yurt or shepherd’s hut.

    Dreamy cottages

    Charming stone cottages dot the Dales – from traditional retreats with open fires, to seriously swish holiday rentals.

    Intriguing inns

    For a warm welcome, head to the pub. Many inns offer hotel-quality rooms, as well as hearty dinners and rich history.

    Explore nearby

    A hotbed for shopping and the arts, you’ll find lots to explore in Leeds.

    The Victorian formal gardens with statues and low hedges in front of Harewood House

    Historical hot property – evident in its castles, citadels and 2,000-year-old Hadrian’s Wall.

    View from a distance of a castle on hill near a beach

    Small and mighty – York is the medieval walled city that really packs a punch.

    Woman wearing trench coat and pink hat walking

    From the tip of England’s tallest peak to the nation’s deepest lake, this national park is stacked with super-sized scenery.

    A group of friends having fun kayaking on Derwent Water in The Lake District, mountains in the distance

    Getting to Yorkshire Dales

    The Yorkshire Dales spans the counties of North Yorkshire, Cumbria and Lancashire, in northern England. Leeds Bradford Airport is just 25 minutes away by car, while Manchester Airport is one hour and 15 minutes. Both are international hubs, reached by direct flights from all over the world. The local train links are excellent, too: the service from London Kings Cross to Leeds takes two hours, and Edinburgh to Leeds is three hours.

    Getting around

    While public transport is the carbon-conscious choice, it’s also convenient and easy to access in the Dales – with extra bus and train services running in the peak summer season. Bikes can be rented throughout the national park, including e-bikes to make light work of those uphill jaunts.

    By electric car

    If you’re renting a car, it makes sense to go electric, especially as all ten of the Yorkshire Dales public car parks offer EV charging points.

    By bus

    With the Dales Bus, it’s easy to reach hiking trails and attractions: the routes extend throughout the park, and link up with local train stations.

    By train

    The Leeds–Settle–Carlisle line runs right through the Dales, and is packed with magnificent sights – including the famous Ribblehead Viaduct.

    Want to know more?

    To discover more top tips and places to stay, head to the Yorkshire Dales National Park’s website.