The Yorkshire Dales is home to outstanding scenery, great castles, abbeys and a breathtakingly peaceful atmosphere. At its heart are two very special protected areas – Yorkshire Dales National Park and Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) – as well as it having the Forest of Bowland AONB and North Pennines AONB as its close neighbours. These protected areas are truly not to be missed.
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Discover The Yorkshire Dales – Peaceful, tranquil, beautiful
Each of the Yorkshire Dales has a different character. The Southern Dales are less remote, yet still wildly beautiful. The Northern Dales provide wild heather moorland and valleys full of hay meadows, dry stone walls and barns. And in the West, the pretty villages and small towns each have their own charm.
The Dales are worth a visit at any time of year – whether it’s to visit a snug country pub with an open fire in the winter months, or stay in a rambling riverside cottage for a summer break. The possibilities are endless!
The National Trust in Yorkshire Dales
Find out about how the Dales are protected for the enjoyment of everyone. You can also check out the attractions via the Yorkshire Dales National Trust.
Towns & Villages of the Dales
Yorkshire Dales Pictures
Yorkshire Dales FAQ’s
Which is the prettiest of the Yorkshire Dales?
Malhamdale has been suggested as one of the most spectacular dales, boasting dramatic limestone scenery just a stone’s throw from the village of Malham. The area featured in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Which is the best part of Yorkshire Dales?
Visitors will find welcoming attractions and accommodation in Wensleydale, Swaledale, Ribblesdale, Malhamdale and Wharfedale. The Dales is a popular destination for families, nature lovers, hikers and cyclists plus day trippers from nearby Yorkshire cities like York and Leeds.
What is the Yorkshire Dales known for?
The Yorkshire Dales has some of the most spectacular peaks in England, and the famous Yorkshire Three Peaks of Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-Ghent are amongst the highest in the county, providing an inspiring challenge to walkers from around the world.
Also check out the other regions of Yorkshire, including, but not by any means limited to, the Yorkshire Coast, East Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, & North Yorkshire.