The cultural capital of the Dales, Richmond also offers a welcome blend of history and beautiful scenery.
You can't fail to be impressed by the symphony of historical treasures that Skipton has to offer. The grand 11th Century Skipton Castle forms a dramatic centrepiece to this bustling market town and proudly overlooks a colourful orchestra of quaint streets, ancient woodland and famous waterways.
From the striking limestone 'shawl' to nearby Aysgarth Falls, Leyburn is best explored on foot, and the town's network of bridleways and paths are a perfect place to start.
This magical little market town is England's highest, set 850 feet above sea water. Hawes was first recorded as a market place in 1307 and the lively Tuesday market still entices shoppers in.
Located in the breathtakingly beautiful region of Lower Wensleydale, Masham (pronounced 'Massam') is famous for its family-run breweries, the idyllic and spacious market place a at its centre and its sheer beauty at all times of the year.
Pateley Bridge is full of tranquil charm as it nestles in the heart of Nidderdale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Ramblers flock to Settle and it's easy to see why. With its own natural landmark, the "Castleberg Crag", a bustling market square and a Grade II Victorian theatre, this picturesque town is an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding Dales. Stroll around the scars, caves and cliffs overlooking the town.
in the Yorkshire Dales
Ingleton is a picturesque traditional Dales village set in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with Artisan shops lining the streets and magnificent natural feaures lining your view as your eyes as you look up.
At the western edge of the Yorkshire Dales lies its latest addition. The Westmorland Dales became part of the National Park in 2016 and is home to wonderful walking, cycling and horse riding. There is the lovely market town of Kirkby Stephen and a collection of delightful villages to explore.
Malham is a small village, in the Pennines, at the southern base of the Yorkshire Dales.
Middleham and Middleham Castle were once the home of Richard III, Middleham is now a perfect introduction to the region's modern passion for history and horse racing.
It's easy to leave the pressures of everyday life behind in Swaledale. With miles of hills, moorland, and mountains to explore, and few modern distractions, you can walk, cycle or ride to your heart's content.
Peaceful, tranquil, beautiful
The Yorkshire Dales is home to outstanding scenery, great castles, abbeys 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.
Each of the Yorkshire Dales has a different character. The Southern Dales are less remote, yet still wildly beautiful. The Northern Dales provide wild heather moorland and valleys full of hay meadows, dry stone walls and barns. 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!
Find out about how the Dales are protected for the enjoyment of everyone.