This amazing collection of long, winding, steep sided valleys is famed for its landscape, its food and the character of its people. Each one utterly unique with its own communities and traditions, the Yorkshire Dales is more than just geographical area, it is a way of life.
Each of the larger valleys has a bustling market town which forms the heart of community plus lively rural pubs and tea rooms where you can try the best of the local produce. Agricultural shows and local festivals celebrate the distinctive strengths of each community from the Nidderdale Show in Pateley Bridge to Wharfedale’s Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival that has inspired copycats across the country.
With our range of cosy country pubs, rustic cottages and country house hotels you can book your accommodation now for a memorable Yorkshire Dales experience that mixes comfort and escape to match your tastes. Harrogate, Ripon and the surrounding market towns all offer easy access to the Dales, providing a great base to explore the area.
A Quick Tour of the Dales
A heritage railway, castles, waterfalls, local markets, and the eponymous cheese-making are held within Wensleydale and Swaledale which are the backbone of the Northern Dales. Explore the winding roads lined by dry stone walls which have been crafted from local limestone, find local museums and craft centres that revive bygone eras of a simpler way of life. Pick up all you need for a day in this rugged countryside at Ripon Tourist Information Centre.
The Southern Dales of Wharfedale and Nidderdale have a gentle and rolling landscape while the smaller dales of Littondale and Malhamdale provide a more severe terrain for those who like their landscape with a bit more ‘wow’. The town of Skipton, with its castle steeped in civil war history, and the festival town of Grassington are great for a day trip - stop in at Pateley Bridge Tourist Information Centre for guides and information.
Complete a full driving tour of this beautiful area by connecting north and south with the western dales of Ribblesdale and Widdale, where you can drive alongside the Ribblehead viaduct made famous by the Harry Potter films, and between the Yorkshire Three Peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough.
While The Three Peaks is the most famous of the dales Walks there are countless other popular walks for hardy and gentle walkers alike including from the Dales Way, and Six Dales Trail and shorter riverside and town walks.
Underground an intricate network of cave systems is waiting to be explored. Thousands of years of water has eroded the limestone bedrock opening up huge caves and leaving behind limestone deposits of curious and extraordinary shapes, creating a fascinating experience for the intrepid.
Travel in the Yorkshire Dales is often easiest along the length of the valley, and from Harrogate & District the mouths of Nidderdale, Wensleydale and Wharfedale are all easily accessible for you to follow alongside the river and discover picture postcard villages. The adventurous driver, who is not afraid of narrower roads, can traverse the valley sides and be rewarded with rare and remarkable views.