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The Yorkshire Dales

There are 680 square miles of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and 233 square miles of the Nidderdale Area of Natural Beauty. Both are within the Yorkshire Dales area. Here is a unique combination of natural and man-made features that don't exist anywhere else, the Yorkshire Dales really are incomparable.

The Yorkshire Dales is a living landscape, you can experience the culture and see how local folk live and work today in the spectacular area that is the Yorkshire Dales. Sample some of the local food or one of the many traditional ales that you will find throughout the Yorkshire Dales.

If you are looking for entertainment or events, there are festivals from Scarecrows to Cuckoos alongside the selection of open farms and steam railways. There are caves, theme parks and castles, and don't worry about where you choose as you will always find an attraction to suit from Grassington.


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The Yorkshire Dales

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Dales Bus

This website provides details of bus and train services throughout the area and useful links to other related websites.

Settle Carlisle Railway

The official website of England's most scenic railway provides information on all aspects of the railway including timetables, fares, railcards and the history of the line.

Lancashire Dales Rail

This line starts in Lancashire and travels across to the Yorkshire Dales and Eden. The website provides information on guided walks, connecting buses and ideas of how to spend your time in the Yorkshire Dales.

Dales Bus Ramblers

The Dales Bus Ramblers organise and extensive programme of guided walks throughout the Yorkshire Dales. The walks are free to bus users and all walks are accessible by bus and details of the bus routes are available on the website.


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The Yorkshire Dales

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 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 everyone.

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 and fauna.

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 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.











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