Walks in the Yorkshire Dales

The Yorkshire Dales National Park lies between the North York Moors from the east and the Lake District in the west, and was designated as a National Park in 1954.

Covering an area of approximately 1, 769 km/683 square miles, the Yorkshire Dales National Park boasts some of the finest scenery in the North of England.

The Yorkshire Dales characteristics were formed by the melting from glacier ice, eroding the sandstone and limestone rocks. This created mountains, crags, waterfalls, valleys and limestone pavements.

The area has historically included industry, including lead mining which began in Roman times and continued into the nineteenth century. More modern industry includes the quarrying of quality limestone which the Yorkshire Dales are known for.

As a National Park the Yorkshire Dales includes great opportunities for outdoor pursuits, including walking, birdwatching, climbing, caving and horse riding.

There are many discoveries to be made as you make your own adventure to the Yorkshire Dales, with its rich history – both manmade and natural.

It is not short of wildlife, flora and fauna – attracting many budding naturalists to the area, and the geological history of the Yorkshire Dales is another that offers great attractions and leads to some beautiful and impressive scenery.

The inhabitants of the Yorkshire Dales have created a rich history of their own, including market towns, quaint villages and major historic buildings.

The Yorkshire Dales is a collection of dales (valleys), the best known of which is Wharfedale – easily accessible from the south.

Lower Wharfedale has lots of pretty villages, riverside walks and is home to Bolton Abbey, a historical attraction which is well worth a visit if you are in the area.

Upper Wharfedale is home to Grassington, a market town where you can find plenty of local history. It is also a great starting point to walking in the area – with plenty of footpaths and bridleways, including towards Burnsall.

Another well-known dale is Malhamdale – home to the famous Malham cove, a sheer limestone cliff topped with limestone pavement – the area is also home to Gordale Scar, Malham Moor and Malham Tarn.

Ribblesdale is best known as the home of the Three Peaks, as well as the dramatic Ribblehead Viaduct which is on the Settle to Carlisle railway line.

Wensleydale is perhaps best known for its cheese, it is also home to the fantastic Aysgarth Falls, which makes for a great walk if you are in the area.

Another waterfall in the area is Hardraw Force, which is the highest single drop waterfall England.

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