What to do in the Yorkshire Dales

Aysgarth Falls near Hawes in the Yorkshire Dales

Aysgarth Falls near Hawes in the Yorkshire Dales

A treasure trove of natural wonders and breathtaking scenery, the Yorkshire Dales National Park is where you’ll find magnificent limestone pavement atop of Malham Cove, dazzling medieval castles at Skipton and Bolton Castle near Leyburn, the longest showcave in Britain – White Scar near Ingleton and waterfalls worlds at Ingleton, Aysgarth and Hardraw. The diverse landscapes of the different Dales, from Swaldedale to Wharfedale, each have their own unique magic that stirs the soul. A relaxing retreat and an outdoor playground ranking with the best – the Yorkshire Dales is rich in heritage, independent breweries and the finest local produce across its award-winning farmers’ markets.

Hop aboard a classic steam railway ride from the iconic Settle-Carlisle Railway to fun family rides on the Embsay & Bolton Abbey steam railway and the Wensleydale Railway. The Yorkshire Dales is where to get active, be it a challenging hike, mountain bike adventure or horse ride along the Pennine Way and Pennine Bridleway or sailing and windsurfing on post-glacial Semer Water lake in Wensleydale.

Take a tour of spectacular country estates like Bolton Abbey along the River Wharfe, with ruined priory, tearooms and restaurants and plenty of fun family activities. Explore the special landscape of the Yorkshire Dales by vintage bus or join a guided walk from National Park centres in top spots for walking holidays including Reeth, Malham, Grassington, Aysgarth and Hawes. The Yorkshire Dales is awash with picturesque villages featuring quirky folk museums, traditional inns and unique craft centres.

Visit the Yorkshire Dales during one of its many festivals and events – the National Park hosts a choice of top country shows and food, beer and arts festivals annually. Come ‘up hill and down dale’, and discover the captivating landscapes of the Dales. Book Yorkshire Dales breaks online with Iknow.

Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.