- The Yorkshire Dales »The Yorkshire Dales National Park is an area of outstanding beauty in the North of England, famous for Green, hilly pastures dotted with grazing sheep, frisky lambs in the spring Dry-stone walls criss-crossing the landscape â€˜Uâ€™ shaped valley walls created by ice age glaciers Wonderful areas of limestone pavement Narrow roads and pretty, unspoiled villages Brightly kitted walkers, out in all weathers. Origin of the word â€˜Daleâ€™ The word â€˜daleâ€™ comes from the Nordic/Germanic word for valley (dal, tal) and is used across Yorkshire and beyond. The â€˜Yorkshire Dalesâ€™ describes the area west of the Vale of York and north of the major cities of West Yorkshire. Most of the dales are named after the river that runs through them (e.g. Wharfedale after the River Wharfe). There are exceptions, though, e.g. Wensleydale is named after the town of Wensley, not the River Ure running through it. The major Dales: [custom_list type=”dot”] Airedale Malhamdale Ribblesdale Swaledale Wensleydale Wharfedale [/custom_list] Other Dales include: [custom_list type=”dot”] Arkengarthdale Bishopdale Coverdale Dentdale Langstrothdale Nidderdale and more! [/custom_list]
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- WalksWalks in the Yorkshire Dales A group of walks, added to from time to time, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. As well as a description of the route itself, Iâ€™ll include other details like length, an estimate of the time needed, photos and more. Occasionally Iâ€™ll add walks from the wider Yorkshire area that Iâ€™ve done and enjoyed. Wharfedale [custom_list type=”dot”] Grassington to Burnsall [/custom_list]
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Discover the Yorkshire Dales
The Yorkshires Dales is one of the UK’s 15 National Parks. An area of outstanding natural beauty with stunning fells and sweeping valleys, criss-crossed with drystone walls and dotted with sheep.
Latest blog posts
Our latest blog posts and articles from the Yorkshire Dales covering its events and history.
The Barguest of Troller’s Gill
Barguests, headless hellhounds, portents of death. It seems these beasts love the Yorkshire Dales.Well, Troller’s Gill in Wensleydale not only has a barguest, but trolls, gnomes, boggarts, nasty pixies and imps, monstrous rock sprites, and goblins as mad as hatters. Read More
Otis Gibbs/Roseanne Reid gig at Reeth Memorial Hall, 17 July
For one night only, in celebration of their 20th Anniverary, The Band Room is relocating to the Memorial Hall in the Yorkshire Dales village of Reeth where they’ll welcome the great U.S. Alt-country/Folk singer-songwriter Otis Gibbs and Roseanne Reid, the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards nominee. Read More
The Yorkshire Dales National Park covers a huge area and offers beautiful landscapes, pretty villages and plenty to see and do.
Recently added to The Yorkshire Dales Trail site:
- Find out about Middleham Castle in Wensleydale
- Added details about Gunnerside in Swaledale
- Information about Richmond Castle in Swaledale
- Find out about Littondale, just off Wharfedale
- Information about Sedbergh, England’s Book Town. In the Yorkshire Dales, on the edge of the Lake District.
- Find out about Arkengarthdale, the most northerly Yorkshire Dale.