Yorkshire Dales

The Yorkshire Dales are in North Yorkshire. 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.

Climate

As with the rest of the UK, winter (Oct-Mar) can be wet, cold (-5°C-15°C) and windy, and summer (Jun-Aug) can be warm and sunny (18°C-28°C). However there are no guarantees so it is quite possible for rainy weather in summer and moderate weather in winter.

See

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

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

Wensleydale

Largest of the Dales, certainly the widest and less steep-sided than most. From Hardrow Force (waterfall} above Hawes, through that very pleasant town to Askrigg (noted for the TV series, 'All Creatures Great and Small,' and on to Aysgarth (major waterfalls), to Wensley and Leyburn. From here the dale's river, the Ure, flows on to York. Still in Wensleydale, the ruins of Jervaulx Abbey provide a very peaceful setting.

Wharfedale

This is many people's favourite dale and would be the longest, if the top part were not called Lansstrothdale. It contains the fine villages (ordered up the river) of Bolton Abbey, Burnsall, Grassington, Conistone, Kettlewell, Starbotton and Buckden. As well as the old Bolton Priory, the nave of which survived the dissolution of the monasteries because it served as the parish church, there is Clifford's Tower and the Cavendish memorial. The Strid, a very narrow and potentially dangerous stretch of the Wharfe, lies a short way above Bolton Priory.

Langstrothdale

The name given to the Wharfe above Buckden. Hubberholme with its delightful church is the only place of note but the riverbed makes for an easily accessed Paradise for children with polished smooth limestone on each side. By following the road beyond Langstrothdale, Wensleydale can be reached near Hawes after a very scenic drive.

Ribblesdale

Mainly a north-south dale, Ribblesdale runs through fine limestone scenery with plentiful caves in the near vicinity, including the extensive Alum's Pot system. The area immediately around Horton in Ribblesdale is much marred by quarrying but beauty is restored at Stainforth and Settle.

Swaledale

A beautiful east-west dale north of Wensleydale and connected with it by some scenically fine unclassified roads, including the 'Buttertubs Pass,' named after the shape of impressive potholes beside the road. Keld, Thwaite, Gunnerside and Reeth are the main villages with the market town of Richmond and easby Abey at the lower end of the dale.