To provide you with the best experience on this website, cookies are used. By using the site it's assumed that you're happy with our use of cookies. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. More info on cookies.
Allow cookies

Things to do in the Yorkshire Dales

The Yorkshire Dales is more than just a national park, it is a beautiful area of rolling hills, dramatic scenery and a rich and vibrant culture that is ripe for exploring and experiencing.

Adventure in the Dales

Challenge yourself to something new and get hands on with stunning and dramatic landscape.  Dangle, climb, scramble or ride your way through the Yorkshire Dales and get the pulse racing as only Yorkshire can. 

Enjoy the deep texture of this landscape up close with a host of activities and adventures that will give a physical experience like no other, dangle from a gorge, slip through a ravine, squeeze through a cave and more with adventure activities that will forge wonderful memories to last a lifetime.

Nature in the Dales

The Yorkshire Dales is home to some amazing wildlife, including some species making a welcome return after years of absence.  Red Kites are now common place in the skies over the Dales, and Buzzards are also making a comeback.  The rivers which give so many of the valleys in the Dales their name are seeing otters a return to their banks.

Heritage in the Dales

Once the working land of the Monasteries, the Yorkshire Dales still contains several stunning and breath taking Abbey ruins that evoke the times when the church was the main landowner in the area.

Castles built on solid vantage points have stood the test of time and still command an imposing view on the skyline.  Explore their secret tunnels, imaging what life was like being locked up in the dangerous or play king and queen as you venture around the ramparts.

Food and Drink in the Dales

Yorkshire is synonymous with real ale and great food and the industries behind both have a rich history in the Dales.

There are plenty of opportunities to see craftsmen at work producing everything from cheese to ice-cream to beer, with many more chances to taste the final produce.

Some of the techniques and processes haven't changed for centuries and have been handed down from generation to generation along with the tools of their trade.

Walking in the Dales

Put one foot in front of the other and stride out across the fells, explore the course of a river, or set out to conquer one of the immense peaks for which the Yorkshire Dales are so well known.  Then look out from your vantage point across the valleys and moors that make this amazing landscape.  The Yorkshire Dales are one of the most popular locations for walkers, so come along and discover why.

Number of items:

Number of items: 28

, currently showing 1 to 20.

  1. Way of the Roses - Coast to Coast Cycle Route

    Way of the Roses - Coast to Coast Cycle Route


    Cycling - Road


    The Way of the Roses is the most stunning and also the newest of the 8 Sustrans Coast to Coast cycle routes.

    Beginning in Morecombe the route passes through two of the North’s great National Parks and two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.   The route takes in some of great northern cities...

  2. How Stean Gorge

    Add How Stean Gorge to your Itinerary

    How Stean Gorge


    Natural Feature

    Pateley Bridge

    A Natural Wonder. Carved out over thousands of years by waterflow, the Gorge is a spectacular limestone ravine in the Yorkshire Dales. This steep sided chasm is almost 1 km (just over ½ a mile) in length and up to 20 metres (80ft) deep in places. Armed with hardhat and torch, you’ll love scrambling...

  3. The Himalayan Garden

    Add The Himalayan Garden & Sculpture Park to your Itinerary

    The Himalayan Garden & Sculpture Park




    We are able to supply the rarer and more unusual varieties of Species and Hybrid Rhododendrons as well as Azaleas, Magnolias, Cornus and other Himalayan plants. Our plants come in a variety of sizes from small to specimen plants for immediate impact. The majority of our Rhododendron's and Azalea's...

  4. Skipton Castle

    Add Skipton Castle to your Itinerary

    Skipton Castle


    Castle / Fort


    The remarkable 900 year old Skipton Castle became a major stronghold by the late C13th.

    Owned by the powerful Clifford Lords, it saw them participating in all the major battles, from Bannockburn to Crecy; Agincourt to the Wars of the Roses.

    The Tudor Wing was added in 1536, when Eleanor Brandon,...

  5. Gouthwaite Circular MTB Route

    Add Gouthwaite Circular MTB Route to your Itinerary

    Gouthwaite Circular MTB Route


    Cycle Route

    Pateley Bridge

    A good introductory route to the great mountain biking around Pateley Bridge & Nidderdale, this follows a track alongside Gouthwaite reservoir, back down the other side on tarmac before a more technical climbing section through old mine workings.

    Start: Pateley Bridge. Length: 12 miles (21km)....

  6. Coldstones

    Add The Coldstones Cut to your Itinerary

    The Coldstones Cut



    Pateley Bridge

    The sculpture functions as an array of platforms from which visitors can view both the spectacular quarry hole and limestone quarrying operation, and the landscape of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Beauty and beyond.

    The sculpture also functions as an interpretive medium for the...

  7. Vern Overton Cycling

    Add Vern Overton Cycling to your Itinerary

    Vern Overton Cycling


    Cycle Hire


    Vern Overton Cycling is a cycle-hire and guided tour company based in the scenic Nidderdale valley.  We provide quality road and mountain-bikes for hire, repairs and servicing and an expert knowledge of all local roads and trails.  

    Why not ride together as a family along the scenic Nidderdale...

  8. The Druid's Temple

    Add The Druid's Temple to your Itinerary

    The Druid's Temple


    Historic Site


    The Druid’s Temple in Ripon is in fact not a real temple, but a nineteenth century folly.

    Styled after stone circles and well known prehistoric monuments such as Stonehenge.

    The Druids Temple was built to alleviate local unemployment, allowing William Danby, a wealthy landowner of the time to pay...

  9. YorTours



    Guided Tour

    Discover the delights of Harrogate and Yorkshire with Nick Smith, accredited top guide and true Yorkshireman with TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award 2016! 

    “Being Harrogate born and a qualified Yorkshire Blue Badge Tour Guide, Driver Guide and York Minster Guide, I am passionate about...

  10. The Yorke Arms

    Add The Yorke Arms to your Itinerary

    The Yorke Arms



    Pateley Bridge

    Harrogate’s Only Michelin Starred Restaurant!

    You reach us by helicopter, car or on foot – a warm welcome awaits you. Nationally recognised as one of the country’s top 'Restaurant with Rooms the Sunday Times have now ranked us number 14 in the country in their Top 100 Food List – a position...

  11. Hackfall Woods

    Add Hackfall Woods to your Itinerary

    Hackfall Woods




    Hackfall is a stunning woodland site near Masham, with lakes, waterfalls, follies and an intricate network of paths to explore stretching along the banks of the River Ure.

    There is something about the wild splendour of Hackfall Woods that simply inspires creativity.

    Nineteenth century writers...

  12. Afternoon Tea at the Timble Inn

    Add Afternoon Tea at the Timble Inn to your Itinerary

    Afternoon Tea at the Timble Inn


    Afternoon Tea


    Enjoy a lazy afternoon with us at The Timble Inn, an idyllic 18th Century Coaching Inn and 5 star hotel in the rolling hills of the Washburn Valley.

    Our Afternoon Tea offers a selection of freshly prepared sandwiches with a variety of exquisite fillings, the traditional fruit scones with jam...

  13. Lost Earth Adventures

    Lost Earth Adventures


    Outdoor Activity/Pursuit Centre


    Come abseiling, rock climbing, gorge walking, ghyll scrambling, mountain biking, caving and hiking across Yorkshire and the Peak District with our friendly, enthusiastic and highly qualified guides. Perfect for families, corporate, school and activity groups, individuals, as well as stags and hens...

  14. Scar House Reservoir

    Add Scar House Reservoir to your Itinerary

    Scar House Reservoir



    Pateley Bridge

    This stunning reservoir built in the 1930 from over 1 million tons of masonry stands 55 metres tall above the River Nidd and is a popular spot for walkers, cyclists and sightseers.

    Building the reservoir in such a remote spot necessitated not only the building a railway up the valley, but also...

  15. Brimham Rocks (NT)

    Add Brimham Rocks to your Itinerary

    Brimham Rocks


    Natural Feature

    Pateley Bridge

    The Wonder of Nidderdale

    Brimham Rocks is an amazing collection of weird and wonderful rock formations, sculpted over centuries by ice, wind and rain.

    It makes a great day out for families, climbers, walkers and those wanting to enjoy the simple pleasures of fresh air and magnificent...

  16. Swinton Park Country Club and Spa

    Add Swinton Park Country Club and Spa to your Itinerary

    Swinton Park Country Club and Spa



    The multi-million pound Swinton Country Club & Spa, due to launch summer 2017, is a new concept for UK spas. Spacious, contemporary and reflecting every bit of its 20,000-acre environment and Yorkshire heritage: the experience will be world class.

    Relaxing spaces, stunning facilities, inspired...

  17. Nidderdale Museum

    Add Nidderdale Museum to your Itinerary

    Nidderdale Museum




    This museum in Pateley Bridge in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales has eleven rooms covering all aspects of Nidderdale life in the past.

    The Nidderdale Museum displays include a complete cobbler's shop, Victorian sitting-room and kitchen, school room, general store, joiner's shop and solicitor's...

  18. Steve Sutcliffe MITG

    Steve Sutcliffe MITG


    Guided Tour


    Your personal tour guide for days out to remember in Yorkshire. Town centre walking tours of Harrogate & Knaresborough, and wider reaching tours of the Yorkshire Dales, Bronte Country,York and the North Yorks Moors.

  19. The Yorkshire Chauffeur Company

    The Yorkshire Chauffeur Company


    Guided Tour


    Bespoke chauffeur driven tours in luxury and comfort. From the elevated position in our Range Rovers you can enjoy unspoilt views over the dry stone walls and hedges of Yorkshire's most beautiful and popular areas.

    Be it the Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors, the spectacular coast line,...

  20. The Giant Hedgehog

    Add Studfold Adventure Trails to your Itinerary

    Studfold Adventure Trails


    Nature Trail

    Pateley Bridge

    Studfold is superbly situated in the heart of beautiful Upper Nidderdale; ‘one of England’s hidden gems’.

    Set amongst the dry stone walls of hill farms near Pateley Bridge in North Yorkshire and with our own camping and caravan park.

    Fun for the whole family and the chance to experience...

Book Accommodation

Keyword: (OPTIONAL)
Check-in date
Add Room

Search Things to Do

Keyword: (OPTIONAL)

Search What's On

Keyword: (OPTIONAL)

Search Shopping

Keyword: (OPTIONAL)

Search Food & Drink

Keyword: (OPTIONAL)

Search Conferences

Keyword: (OPTIONAL)

Search Things to Do

Keyword: (OPTIONAL)

Now featuring traveller reviews from TripAdvisor.

Don't Miss...