Yorkshire Dales National Park Tours
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Yorkshire Dales National Park covers well over 700 square miles of rolling countryside, dramatic limestone valleys, wildlife reserves, and historic ruins. Join the over eight million visitors who come here each year, and spend a day hiking, cycling, and horseback riding on the park’s 500-plus miles of trails.
Yorkshire Dales National Park offers a variety of outdoor activities for all ages and abilities. For those who like a physical challenge, there are several long-distance walking routes, including the Pennine Way, Dales Way, and the Coast to Coast Walk. Less energetic walkers can enjoy just a short section of any of these trails. Other park highlights include Aysgarth Falls, Kilnsey Crag, and Malham Cove.
After your walk, spend a couple hours explore local life in the nearby villages of Buckden, Kettlewell, and Grassington set among the rolling hills of the Yorkshire Dales. You can also opt for a guided day trip, or even a multi-day tour, and really take your time exploring the area and enjoying the beautiful scenery.
Things to Know Before You Go
- There is no fee to enjoy the park.
- There are a number of places near the park to rent a bike or arrange a horseback-riding excursion.
- The park offers a few different parking lots and has five visitor centers with facilities like cafes and bathrooms. Visitor centers can be found at Aysgarth Falls, Grassington, Hawes, Malham, and Reeth.
- The parking lots at Buckden, Malham, and Hawes are designated Dark Sky Discovery Sites, perfect for after-dark star gazing.
How to Get There
Yorkshire Dales National Park is located in northwest England, approximately 20 miles north of Leeds, and there is a good network of roads, bus, and rail services providing access to the area from all nearby cities. Two National Rail services cover the Dales area: the Bentham Line and the Settle–Carlisle Line. Bus services run all year round, linking the main towns, villages and popular attractions.
When to Get There
Yorkshire Dales National Park is enjoyable all year round. The number of visitors increases during the warmer months—especially during school holidays.
Taste Local History at Wensleydale
One of the best-known spots in the Yorkshire Dales is the area of Wensleydale, which sits in the upper valley of the River Ure. Wensleydale’s most famous export is undoubtedly its cheese; visit the Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes to take a tour of the factory, learn about the cheese-making process, and taste the results. Wensleydale is also hugely popular with walkers, and the area boasts a variety of different terrains and beautiful scenery.
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