Yorkshire Dales Attractions

Aysgarth Falls, Yorkshire Dales

Aysgarth Falls, Yorkshire Dales

The amazing mix of attractions in the Yorkshire Dales cater for all tastes, from the outdoor enthusiast to families. The magnificent scenery and natural wonders of the Dales are attractions in themselves, and the park is rich in National Nature reserves, waterfalls walks, walking and cycling trails and bridleways.

Looking for a great family outdoor playground? Come to the Yorkshire Dales with its choice of family farm parks, steam railway rides and family friendly castle and abbey estates. Top family attractions include the vast estate of Bolton Abbey in Wharfedale featuring a package of activities from riverside and woodland walks to priory ruins, craft shops and restaurants.

Lookout for Wallace & Gromit and find family fun at the Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes, with on-site visitor centre, cheese shop and more or head to one of the Park’s family friendly natures reserves like Aysgarth Falls with National Park Centre, shop and café. Don’t miss a tour of the Dales Countryside Museum for a thorough introduction into the history of the region or a tour down the spellbinding showcaves of Ingleborough and White Scar.

Walking holidays in the Yorkshire Dales can be as strenuous or as gentle as you like. Find short riverside and woodland strolls around Grassington, Hawes, Settle and Aysgarth or set off along some of Britain’s most popular long-distance walking routes and challenging hikes here in the Yorkshire Dales including the famous Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, the Dales Way, the great Pennine Way and the popular Herriot Way, a circular route running for 52 miles through the heart of James Herriot’s Yorkshire in Wensleydale and Swaledale.

You’re in a top spot for cycling and mountain biking in the Yorkshire Dales, with a host of day rides and long-distance cycling paths across the Park including the Yorkshire Dales Cycleway which criss-crosses the whole of the area. The old drover and mining tracks in the Dales are today favourite haunts for adrenalin pumping mountain bike adventures. Popular mountain bike trails head out from National Park Centres at Aysgarth and Grassington, and ultimate challenges include the rocky track up Pen-y-Ghent. Many more outdoor activities are available in the Yorkshire Dales including pony trekking, water sports, fishing and caving. Outdoor activity centres are numerous, all offering great packages for families, groups and corporate team building.

On the Yorkshire Dales heritage trail you’ll find a wealth of historic castles, old mills, folk museums and iconic features particular the region including the famed dry stone walling. From vibrant country shows and festivals to vintage railways and bus rides, natural wonders and nature reserves, ancient castle and abbey estates and family farm parks, you’ll find it all here in the Yorkshire Dales. Book a Dales holiday today 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.