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The Yorkshire Dales, like Herriot Country, is home to outstanding scenery, a rich cultural heritage 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. Search for accommodation in the Yorkshire Dales, or discover Yorkshire Dales attractions. View the weather in the Yorkshire Dales
The Yorkshire Dales National Park is home to some of Yorkshire's most iconic scenery and attractions.
The Dales on ITV1 was a smash hit as it explored the intricacies of Dales life. The Dales gave viewers a taste of some of Yorkshire's most treasured attractions. The 2nd Series will be airing in early 2012.
As the gateway to the magnificent Yorkshire Dales, people travel the length and breadth of the country to visit this charming market town.
With its bustling cobbled market square, fringed by shops offering local foods, arts and crafts and clothing, Grassington is an attracitve, busy town, set against the backdrop of the Yorkshire Dales.
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Founded by the Normans in 1071, Richmond is a leafy, vibrant market town with an impressive castle keep, a vast cobbled market place and an elegant Georgian district.
Framed by stunning countryside and iconic landmarks, the quaint town of Settle is an ideal stop for walkers, outdoor lovers and those looking for peace and quiet.
With spectacular views of the surrounding countryside, cafés, traditional pubs and a weekly market, Leyburn's an ideal base for walking, sightseeing, or just watching the world go by.
Nestled between two rivers, the magnificent castle of Middleham has the largest castle keep in the North of England and a royal heritage that once earned it the title of the 'Windsor of the North'.
Based around a traditional triangular village green, this refreshingly unchanged Dales town is renowned locally for its hand-knitting, craft workshops, cosy tearooms, pubs and warm friendly welcomes.
Located in the breath-takingly beautiful region of Lower Wensleydale, Masham is famous for its breweries, steam engines & sheep fair.
Truly unique in its landscape and drawing visitors from around the world, Ingleton offers thrills and beauty not only above, but below the ground too...
Dent is a valley of contrasts, from its cobbled streets and charming stone houses to windswept moors, sparkling waterfalls and tumbling streams.
Pateley Bridge is full of tranquil charm as it nestles in the heart of Nidderdale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
This beautiful valley set in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales has plenty to captivate the visitor - historic castles, towering waterfalls and picturesque villages.
Famous for its wildflower meadows, heather moors and waterfalls, the region is also home to some of Yorkshire's best walking and cycling.
The thriving market town of Hawes is home to Wensleydale Cheese and the renowned Dales Countryside Museum.
With its bustling market square, dramatic castle ruins, charming tea rooms, roaming countryside and inviting inns, Herriot Country could be considered the perfect Yorkshire region.
Yorkshire Dales National Park
The Dales on ITV1
Easby Abbey (EH)
Substantial remains of a 12thC medieval abbey situated by the River Swale, which can be reached via pleasant walk from Richmond Castle.
Bolton Abbey Estate is a 30,000-acre traditional country estate beside the River Wharfe. The picturesque village of Bolton Abbey has...
Yorkshire Dales Falconry and Wildlife Conservation
Falconry centre with many species of birds of prey from around the world including vultures, eagles, hawks, falcons and owls. Flying...
Bolton Castle is a spectacular medieval fortress situated in the heart of Wensleydale, with stunning views over the Yorkshire Dales...
Middleham Castle (EH)
The childhood home of Richard II, Middleham Castle dates back to the 12th century. A fascinating castle to explore, with magnificent...
One of the oldest Norman stone fortresses in Britain, Richmond Castle stands in a stunning location above the River Swale and boasts...
Skipton Castle, fully roofed, one of the best preserved, complete medieval castles in England.
Show cave, the outlet for the famous Gaping Gill system. Nature trail from Clapham village to the cave.
St Andrew's Church
Sometimes referred to as 'The Cathedral of the Dale', this magnificent church was for many centuries the only parish church in Upper...
St Oswald's Church
Situated in the shadow of 14th century Bolton Castle, this 14th century church has little need of its sundial. A charming church with...
The Church of St Michael and All Angels
Dating from 1180, this sturdy building is now set apart from the village of Downholme, which at some point in history moved south and...
St Agatha's Church
In a magnificent setting beside the River Swale and the atmospheric ruins of Easby Abbey, St Agatha's is a long, low building dating...
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The Forbidden Corner
Recently voted ''best children's attraction in Yorkshire'' - a unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises in the...
Constable Burton Hall Gardens
A terraced woodland garden of lilies, ferns, hardy shrubs, roses and wild flowers attached to a beautiful palladian house designed...
Parcevall Hall Gardens
Dramatic views from garden and cliff walk. Many unusual trees and plants. Terraced gardens, old orchard, woodland walks, picnic area,...
A preserve maker and visitor centre, permissive footpaths and open farm. Heritage centre, tasting and tea room also on site.
The Station Centre
The Station is a restored Victorian railway terminus, which now contains a restaurant, a number of artisan food producers, a cinema,...
A 17thC house, now a working farmhouse set in 748 acres of moor and farmland.
17th-century manor house
A Georgian gem, nestling in 'Capability' Brown landscaped parkland. Collection of 18thC furniture, paintings and porcelain. John Carr...
An 18thC landscape building designed by Daniel Garrett as one of a series for the grounds of Forcett Hall. A Grade II Listed building.
18th Century water-powered cotton spinning mill, converted to sawmill and electricity generation with original working Victorian turbines,...
The Market takes place on Fridays.The Farmer' Market takes place every 4th Saturday.
The Green Howards Museum displays the Regiment's unique collection of military artefacts in an exciting exhibition covering 318 years...
Tells the story of Richmond and its people from early times to the present day.
Dales Countryside Museum
The Dales Countryside Museum tells the story of the dales landscape and people, past and present. Events, demonstrations of traditional...
An 18thC Yorkshire Dales cottage with a large display of farming, geology, archaeology, lead mining and items of local interest.
Four and a half mile circular trail through attractive woodland and Dales scenery via a series of spectacular waterfalls.
The 72 miles of the Settle-Carlisle line, ranked as one of the most well-known, spectacular railway journeys in the world.
Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway
Situated just outside Skipton in Yorkshire the Embsay & Bolton Steam Railway runs 4 miles between the award winning station at Bolton...
Georgian Theatre Royal
Britain's leading historic theatre of great interest, constructed in 1788, the most authentic 18thC 'Georgian' theatre museum with...
Nidderdale - Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty
The Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty covers 233 square miles (603 km2) of Northern England in the county of North Yorkshire....
If you enjoy the outdoors, then there are plenty of activities to keep you occupied with some of the best horse riding, rock climbing, mountain biking and cycling terrain available for beginners and also experienced outdoor veterans! The Yorkshire Dales is a superb place to spend time outside, with spectacular waterfalls and ancient broadleaved woodland contrasting with scattered remains of former mine workings and other rural industries - a reminder of the area's rich industrial heritage.
Experience the Dales by cycle and soak up the breathtaking beauty. Try one of our cycle routes.
Leyburn: Two Dales Tour, 44 miles »
Leyburn: Middleham to Bolton Castle, 20 miles »
Leyburn: Jervaulx to Coverdale, 25 miles »
Leyburn: Circular via Garriston, 8 miles »
Leyburn: Circular via Middleham, 10 miles »
Each of the Yorkshire Dales has a different character. The Southern Dales are less remote, yet still wildly beautiful. The Northern Dales provide rugged scenery for walking and sightseeing. 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!
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Bolton Abbey is beautiful in the summer...and the autumn. Obvioulsy in Winter too. Stunning in Spring as well!
Try the Cobblestones cafe. Summer Pudding and Treacle tart both get the thumbs up!
Lightwater Valley's super long rollercoaster is the longest in Europe. And called the Ultimate. Because it is.