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Yorkshire Dales

Outstanding scenery, a range of wildlife and a rich cultural heritage

The Yorkshire Dales

A remote Yorkshire dale

The Yorkshire Dales

A couple enjoys the summer sun on Ilkley Moor

The Yorkshire Dales

A pretty village bridge in spring

The Yorkshire Dales

Summer in a Danby Dale

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The Yorkshire Dales offer a beautiful landscape of breathtaking beauty and striking contrast. Rugged hills, green upland pastures, dry stone walls, ancient broadleaved woodland, waterfalls, pretty villages and small towns are all waiting to be explored.

The Dales are a collection of over twenty river valleys and hills, sitting astride the Pennines in the North of England. Each valley offers a different character and atmosphere, encompassing the counties of both Yorkshire and Cumbria and providing visitors with a wealth of stunning vistas.

Most of the area falls within the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. These havens for wildlife are the perfect place for either a gentle stroll or an intrepid hike. Enjoy the peace and solitude, a paradise for birdwatchers, photographers and fishermen.

For remote rugged scenery, head north to Wensleydale and the Aysgarth Falls. For those seeking adventure, take the three peaks challenge to climb Penyghent (694m), Whernside (736m) and Ingleborough (723m). Enjoy horse riding, rock climbing, caving, potholing, mountain biking and cycling.

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Destinations in Yorkshire Dales

Harrogate & Area

Harrogate is renowned for its fabulous shopping and hosts an array of independent shops unique to the town

Ingleton & Area

Although officially only just on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the area around Ingleton boasts some of the finest limestone scenery in the region.

Skipton & Area

Skipton is known locally as the ‘Gateway to the Yorkshire Dales’ as a short distance away is all the many attractions and scenic delights.


Swaledale runs west to east to the town of Richmond. Villages and hamlets in Swaledale include Reeth, Grinton, Low Row, Gunnerside, Muker, Thwaite and Keld.

Wensleydale & Area

Wensleydale and the surrounding areas provide an excellent base for the great outdoors, with plenty of wonderful walking and cycling opportunities.

Wharfedale and Area

Running from north to south, Wharfedale is one of the Yorkshire Dales' longest and most beautiful valleys.

Bronte Country

Bronte Country straddles the West Yorkshire and East Lancashire Pennies, a windswept land of heather and wild moors which provided the inspiration for the classic works of the Bronte sisters.

Things to do in Yorkshire Dales

Brimham Rocks

One of the highlights close to the spa town of Harrogate these amazing collection of weird and wonderful rock formations.


The thriving market town of Hawes located in the heart of Wensleydale is a typical Yorkshire Dales town full of character and charm.


Reeth, in the heart of Swaledale is a honey pot for locals and tourists. It lies where two of North Yorkshire's finest dales meet.

The Three Peaks

The "Three Peaks" of Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-Ghent dominate the skyline of the western part of the Yorkshire Dales national park and creates perhaps one of the most famous walks in the Dales.

Malham Tarn Estate

This outstanding area of limestone pavements, upland hill farms and flower-rich hay meadows provides a marvelous setting for walking, cycling or just enjoying the great outdoors.

Upper Wharfedale

Along the Upper Wharfe Valley the characteristic drystone walls and barns of the Dales, important flower-rich hay meadows, beautiful riverside and valleyside woodland combine to create a wonderful place to relax and explore the great outdoors.

White Scar Caves

The area around Ingleton contains some of the deepest and longest cave systems in the British Isles. The White Scar Caves in Chapel le Dale can be easily explored as they are both fully illuminated throughout the show cave routes.

The Cow and Calf and White Wells

Enjoy a brisk walk up to the Cow and Calf rocks in the wonderful market town of Ilkley. Have a spot of lunch on the way down at White Wells a whitewashed stone building and former spa used by the Victorians.

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Cottage highlights


Sleeps 5 in 3 bedrooms

The Old Sweet Shop

Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms


Appersett near Hawes
Sleeps 4 in 3 bedrooms

West Wing

Norwood near Harrogate
Sleeps 4 in 1 bedrooms

The Old Chapel

Burneston near Bedale
Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms

Parkgate Cottage

Constable Burton near Leyburn
Sleeps 2 in 1 bedrooms

Bradd Cottage

Kettlewell near Buckden
Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms


Thornton Steward near Middleham
Sleeps 7 in 4 bedrooms

Gran's Cottage

Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms


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