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Yorkshire Dales National Park, Visitor & Tourism Guide



In central north England, partly in North Yorkshire and partly in Cumbria. The Yorkshire Dales National Park covers the central Pennines, a mountain range that runs up the spine of England. North east of Manchester and north of Leeds and Bradford.

Criss-crossed by limestone walls, the Yorkshire Dales has a much softer landscape than its North Yorkshire partner, the North York Moors National Park. It consists of a number of ‘dales’ or valleys (derived from the Nordic/Germanic word for valley and a throwback to the times when these peoples ruled this area) including Deepdale, Swaledale, Wharfedale and Wensleydale. The Park is the remains of a tropical reef that submerged this part of England 30 million years ago. There are famous limestone moors and pavements and the longest unbroken waterfall in the UK.

Established in 1954, the Yorkshire Dales National Park covers 680 square miles (1,762 square km) and receives over 10 million visits a year. In the past, the area generated massive income from the wool industry and this pastoral landscape remains. The Park rises to over 2,300ft (700metres) above sea level. To the south of the Park, the visitor finds the limestone moors and pavements for which the Yorkshire Dales are partly famous.


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Ribblehead Viaduct

Located in Ribble Head, North Yorkshire, Yorkshire and The Humber, England

Approximately 7.2 miles away.

Located in the Yorkshire Dales National Park (in north west Yorkshire, the North Yorkshire Moors National Park being another National Park in north east Yorkshre. The two National Parks are separated by the Vale of York)...

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Gaping Gill

Located in Clapham, North Yorkshire, Yorkshire and The Humber, England

Approximately 9.1 miles away.

A pothole almost one hundred metres deep in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The second largest cave in the UK (behind Titan in Derbyshire at around 140 metres). Part of Ingleborough, a mountain in the National Park...

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Aysgarth Waterfalls

Located in Aysgarth, North Yorkshire, Yorkshire and The Humber, England

Approximately 9.9 miles away.

Visited by leading Romantic poets and artists such as Wordsworth and Turner. The Aysgarth Waterfalls are a triple flight of falls over about a mile on the River Ure in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The name originat...

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Yorebridge House, Leyburn
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Approximately 7.1 miles away.

Total Rooms: 11; Rates: £125 - £185 Per Night

Set within a characteristic Victorian property, this elegant and stylish Boutique hotel stands on the watera s edge in the beautiful village of Bainbridge, Wensleydale in the North Yorkshire Dales...

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Pennycroft Guest House, Skipton
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Approximately 7.9 miles away.

Total Rooms: 4; Rates: £68 - £130 Per Night

In Kettlewell, in the heart of the naturally beautiful Yorkshire Dales, this cosy traditional cottage is now a 4-star guest house offering warm, friendly Yorkshire hospitality...

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Warren House, Grassington
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Approximately 8.5 miles away.

Total Rooms: 3; Rates: £65 - £72 Per Night

With magnificent views and a stunning location in the heart of the breathtaking natural beauty of the Yorkshire Dales, Warren House offers free Wi-Fi and hearty breakfasts...

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