Perhaps the most famous of all of our Yorkshire locations, The Dales are a breathtaking collection of very different landscapes sweeping across much of the North of England. From the gentle hills and lush pastures of Wensleydale to the wild magnificence of Swaledale and Arkengarthdale to the North, this is a land of fast flowing rivers, rugged mountains and folklore legend.
Take a look at our snap-shot guide to all of the Gorgeous things to see and do in the Dales…
Meet Mother Nature
This isn’t just countryside, this is Yorkshire Dales countryside. Without doubt the number one reason to visit the Yorkshire Dales is to soak up the stunning scenery. You’ll find breathtaking vistas all over the Dales, but it’s worth making an extra special effort to see the three peaks of Ribblesdale, Aysgarth Falls, Hardraw Force and Malham Cove.
There are countless attractive villages and handsome market towns dotted about the Dales so you won’t have to look far to find one. Some of our favourites include the whitewashed cottages of Dent, the horse-racing epicentre that is Middleham, chocolate box pretty West Burton and the bustling market town of Leyburn.
Take a History Lesson
Conquered at various points by the Danes, Romans, Norseman, Angles and Normans, the Dales are indelibly printed with the past. From Roman roads to ruined Abbeys this landscape is teaming with interesting historical sites including; the spectacularly well preserved Bolton Castle, Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden (a World Heritage site) and the stunning Bolton Abbey.
Eat, drink and be merry!
There’s more to food in the Dales than Yorkshire puds and gravy. According to Hardens UK restaurant guide Yorkshire has more top quality restaurants and gastro pubs than any other English County, with the Dales in particular being blessed with likes of The Yorke Arms in Ramsgill, The Burlington at Bolton Abbey and The Blue Lion at East Witton to name just a few. We’re also something of an expert when it comes to a good pint, so find out how we do it; The Black Sheep or Theakstons breweries in Masham are a good place to start.
Do your bit for carbon emission and leave the car at home. Not that you’ll feel it’s much of a sacrifice, a train journey across the Dales is sheer bliss. Settle to Carlisle taking in the Ribblehead Viaduct is particularly gorgeous, so too is the Wensleydale line and the charming Embasy and Bolton Railway with its lovely old steam engines…
Where to stay
So have we whet your appetite enough? Well then, come and experience the Yorkshire Dales for yourself!
Take your pick from our fabulous range of luxury Yorkshire Dales Cottages. From stylish Georgia (pictured above) to traditional country cottages in the middle of nowhere. Happy browsing…