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Discover Yorkshire's National Parks

Yorkshire is lucky enough to have three national parks.

Enjoy outstanding scenery in The Yorkshire Dales, heather moorland with a rugged Jurassic coast in The North York Moors and rolling hills in The Peak District.

The Yorkshire Dales National Park

The largest of these national parks is The Yorkshire Dales with 840 square miles of outstanding scenery, protected wildlife and rich heritage.

If you fancy a challenge on foot why not give the Yorkshire 3 Peaks a try. Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside are among the best-known hills in Yorkshire. Every year hundreds of people attempt to reach the summit of one or indeed all 3. Keep an eye out for one of the Brownlee brothers as they are also known to use these famous hills as their training ground.

In nearby Malham you will find the towering cliff of Malham Cove. This gently curving cliff of white limestone has amazed visitors for centuries and is even the home to a set of Peregrine Falcons in the summer months. Enjoy these views along with the impressive Gordale Scar in the popular Malham circular walk.

In Wensleydale you’ll find the impressive Aysgarth Falls. This spectacular stretch of water in Lower is best known for its triple flight of waterfalls, carved out by the River Ure. This impressive sight was even used in the blockbuster movie Robin Hood Prince of Thieves.

The North York Moors National Park

With its fabulous countryside, heather moorland and rugged Jurassic coast, the North York Moors National Park is one of Britain’s most treasured places.

Soak up England’s ‘finest view’ from the panoramic viewpoint of Sutton Bank where you can marvel at the incredible white horse. The classic circular walk from Sutton Bank National Park Centre takes you to this infamous turf-cut hillside landmark then drops down to the woodland paths below before bringing you back up to the side of the horse.

Enjoy a fun-filled action-packed holiday at Dalby Forest with a walking trail along the forest and moorland tracks including their new Shaun the Sheep Farmageddon trail – download the app to complete challenges and solve UV puzzles in the forest.

The Peak District National Park

The Peak District is an area of rich history and heritage. There’s no wonder if was Britain’s first national park. It’s pretty moorland, rolling hills, scented meadows and leafy forests make it a perfect place to embrace the great outdoors.

Holme Moss is a moor in the south Pennines, on the border between Derbyshire and West Yorkshire within the Peak District National Park. The River Holme rises on the moor and flows through the village of Holme and the town of Holmfirth. The upper part of the moor continues into Black Hill which is crossed by the Pennine Way north-south footpath. It has long been considered one of England's most punishing bicycle ascents. 60,000 spectators descended on Holme Moss in July 2014 to watch the best of the best in the cycling world conquer one of the greatest climbs in the Tour de France Grand Départ. Chris Froome said that riding up Holme Moss ‘gave him goosebumps’ such was the noise and atmosphere. Why not create your own magical moment by cycling to the top – don’t worry, the views will be worth it when you’re up there.