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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.

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  1. How Stean Gorge

    Add How Stean Gorge to your Itinerary

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    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.  Now with a stunning new glass floored building that hangs out over the gorge.  Experience the hieght, and the beauty of this place as has never been possible...

  2. Swinton Park Country Club and Spa

    Add Swinton Park Country Club and Spa to your Itinerary

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    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...

  3. Duchy Travel by Design

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    Guided Tour

    Specialists in individual and tailored tours of Yorkshire promising the experience of a lifetime. Stately Homes, Country Gardens, Gourmet Tours, Bronte Country, the Dales and Moors and so much more to see on a tour of ‘God’s Own County.’

  4. Scar House Walking & Cycle Routes

    Add Scar House Walking & Cycle Routes to your Itinerary

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    Walking Route

    Pateley Bridge

    Scar House Walking & Cycle Routes are a permissive bridleway loop around Yorkshire Water’s Scar House Reservoir which comes to 4 miles and crosses both dams at the top of the valley.

    For walkers it can be extended with a further loop of rough yomping around Angram Reservoir to the remote top of...

  5. The Timble Inn Restaurant

    Add The Timble Inn Restaurant to your Itinerary

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    Restaurant

    Harrogate

    The Timble Inn Restaurant is part of the beautiful Grade II Listed 18th Century Coaching Inn hidden away in the picturesque village of Timble, in the Washburn Valley.  Renovated in 2010, The Timble Inn offers 5 Star dining and accommodation with a focus on elegance and comfort.

    Our charming...

  6. Real Yorkshire Tours

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    Guided Tour

    Harrogate

    Driver guided tours of Harrogate and the surrounding area, as wells as days out to The Yorkshire Dales, The Wolds, and the North York Moors and Coast.

    Staying in Harrogate and want to explore the “real Yorkshire”? Then why not book Yorkshire Blue Badge Guide Tim Barber to take you out for the...

  7. Yorke's Folly (Two Stoops) & Crocodile Rock

    Add Yorke's Folly (Two Stoops) & Crocodile Rock to your Itinerary

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    Landmark

    Pateley Bridge

    Yorke's Folly & Crocodile Rock are a popular pair of landmarks for short walks on the hill above Bewerley nr. Pateley Bridge.

    Yorke's Folly, now known locally as 'Two Stoops' is a pair of stone pillars styled to appear as if part of a ruined arch, though in truth they remain almost fully intact...

  8. The Druid's Temple

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    Historic Site

    Masham

    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. Brimham Rocks

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    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 views....

  10. Skipton Castle

    Add Skipton Castle to your Itinerary

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    Castle / Fort

    Craven

    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,...

  11. Hackfall Woods

    Add Hackfall Woods to your Itinerary

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    Forest

    Masham

    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. Samuel's, at Swinton Park

    Add Samuel's, at Swinton Park to your Itinerary

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    Restaurant

    Masham

    Samuel’s is Swinton Park’s renowned 3 AA Rosette restaurant, named after Samuel Cunliffe-Lister who purchased the estate in 1880. A large and airy room offering sweeping views over the gardens and Home Lake, it features a beautifully ornate gold-leaf ceiling and enormous marble mantelpiece. ...

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

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    Cycling - Road

    Ripon

    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...

  14. The Nidderdale Way

    Add The Nidderdale Way to your Itinerary

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    Walking Route

    Pateley Bridge

    The Nidderdale Way is a 53 mile circular walk beginning and ending in Pateley Bridge in the heart of Nidderdale.

    The walk travels the length of the valley, and then back again on the other side, at times following the River Nidd, but often detouring away to include as many points of interest...

  15. Nidderdale Museum

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    Museum

    Harrogate

    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...

  16. Coldstones

    Add The Coldstones Cut to your Itinerary

    Type

    Viewpoint

    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...

  17. Steve Sutcliffe MITG

    Type

    Guided Tour

    Harrogate

    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.

  18. Six Dales Trail

    Add Six Dales Trail to your Itinerary

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    Walking Route

    Pateley Bridge

    This 38 mile route takes in the entire length of the Nidderdale AONB from Otley in Wharfedale to Middleham in Wensleydale and showcases some of the remarkably beautiful dales in our area.

    The route features great contrasts of high heather moorland, stone wall enclosed pastures and parkland of...

  19. Gouthwaite Circular MTB Route

    Add Gouthwaite Circular MTB Route to your Itinerary

    Type

    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)....

  20. The Giant Hedgehog

    Add Studfold Adventure Trails to your Itinerary

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    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...

  21. The Yorkshire Chauffeur Company

    Type

    Guided Tour

    Harrogate

    We offer chauffeur guided tours of Yorkshire and beyond with a fleet of modern Range Rovers. The elevated position of these luxury vehicles allows you to see over walls and hedges giving an unrivalled experience when touring this beautiful part of the country.

    Choose one of our set tours, mix...

  22. The Himalayan Garden & Sculpture Park

    Add The Himalayan Garden & Sculpture Park to your Itinerary

    Type

    Garden

    Ripon

    Enjoy over 60 sculptures set in 40 acres of stunning gardens inspired by the Himalayas. Explore the woodland walks and arboretum, amble over the bridges, along the lakeside paths and admire the spectacular views.    Come and see our unique collection of over 60 contemporary sculptures and follow...

  23. Scar House Reservoir

    Add Scar House Reservoir to your Itinerary

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    Landmark

    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...

  24. YorTours

    Type

    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...

  25. Lost Earth Adventures

    Type

    Outdoor Activity/Pursuit Centre

    York

    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...

  26. Vern Overton Cycling

    Add Vern Overton Cycling to your Itinerary

    Type

    Cycle Hire

    Harrogate

    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...

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