There is a rich tapestry of flower-filled
meadowland, high fells, heather moors and broad-leaved
woodland, all scattered with stone barns, waterfalls
and an abundance of drystone walls.
Cradled in amongst the valley bottoms, stone-built
villages guard centuries of history. In these thriving
rural communities agriculture plays a vital role in
maintaining the area's economy. Visit www.outofoblivion.org.uk
for more information about the history of the Yorkshire
Dales, from the ancient to the modern day
Each year the Yorkshire Dales welcomes over twelve
million visitors, drawn to the seemingly changeless
natural beauty and cultural heritage, the tranquillity
and the variety of outdoor activities that the Dales
have to offer. There is a town, village and pub to suit
Although beautiful, the landscape is still sensitive,
and requires constant conservation work to protect and
enhance its natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage.
One of the most beautiful and romantic rivers in the
area flows through Grassington, The Wharfe, and more
can be seen about this river HERE
Not only is there some of the best walking around,
but if you enjoy the outdoors then there are plenty
of other activities to keep you occupied. Try some of
the best horse riding, mountain biking and cycling terrain
in the country. No wonder that so many long distance
routes pass through the area.
To really appreciate the area without destroying the
environment there are a number of bike hire companies
so you can enjoy the freedom of exploring on your own
or take advantage of the specially designed routes throughout
the areas. You can even get the bus or train to your
destination and then hire a bike while you are there.
Make the whole day out an adventure from the minute
you walk out of your door.
For the less energetic we have many man made and natural
attractions. Spectacular show caves, amazing country
houses and gardens, art galleries and health spas, there
has to be something for you.
The Yorkshire Dales National Park is lucky enough to
have a wild expanse of moors, fields and ancient semi-natural
woodland which are protected and boast an array of flora
For the bird lovers, the more commonly found Curlew
and Lapwing to the more unusual Black Grouse or Merlin.
To see the best of the Dales wildlife visit www.natureinthedales.org.uk
where you can read about projects such as the Peregrine
Falcons at Malham or the success of the red squirrels
in the North Western Dales squirrel reserves.