The Yorkshire Dales: A Walker’s Paradise


About the Yorkshire Dales National Park – Factfile

(from the  Yorkshire Dales National Park press office )

  • The Yorkshire Dales National Park was established in 1954.
  • It is one of 14 National Parks in the UK.
  • 19,654 people live in the National Park (2001 Census).
  • It covers 1,761.8km2 (176,200 hectares).
  • It contains 1,459.37km of footpaths and 622.89km of bridleways.
  • Drystone walls in the National Park stretch for 8,689km and there are 1,016km of hedgerows.
  • The National Park has a housing stock of 10,236 buildings, of which 15 per cent are second or holiday homes (2001 Census).
  • The average house price according to the Land Registry was £241,297 in 2005.
  • An average of 7.72 million day visitors and 1.39 million staying visitors come to the National Park every year.
  • There are some wildflowers in the Yorkshire Dales that live nowhere else in the world.
  • There is a species of bat (the brown long-eared bat) seen in the Dales that has ears that are three quarters the length of its head and body.
  • There are nearly 1,500 species of moths, 100 species of nesting birds, 36 species of butterflies, 30 species of mammals and hundreds of plant species in the National Park.
  • The National Park has its own Three Peaks – Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent [correct] – thousands of walkers take up the challenge each year of completing the 24.5 mile circular route in 12 hours or less

The Yorkshire Dales: A Walker’s Paradise

If you’re a big fan of scenic country walks and exploring quaint, friendly towns, then the Yorkshire Dales and surrounding area are perfect for your next hiking trip. With mile upon mile of gorgeous scenery, including national parkland; the Yorkshire Dales – or the Dales as they’re also affectionately known – has plenty to offer even the most avid walker, hiker or biker.

Located across North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and Cumbria, the Dales are easy enough to get to from all over the country. The North East of England is accessible by rail, bus or car and is conveniently located in such a place that it’s just a few hours’ journey from many populous locations in the UK.

If you’re thinking about exploring the Yorkshire Dales, you’ll definitely want to make your way towards the national park at its centre. Just fifty miles away from Manchester, with Darlington to the east, Kendal to the west and Bradford and Leeds to the south, the Yorkshire Dales National Park is 680 square miles of rolling countryside.

But that’s not all. Contained within the large expanse of the park are also five visitor centres, which are located in several of its major destinations; a museum which makes the most of its building’s past, which used to be a railway station; Bolton Castle; several waterfalls including Cautley Spout waterfall and the Kisdon Force waterfall and much, much more.

Fans of geology will marvel at the extensive collection of rock types to be found in the Dales, including majestic-looking formations that create some of the area’s mysterious underground caves. And if you’re just interested in checking out some beautiful countryside while you head out on an invigorating walk, the national park has plenty of routes for you to take, including long and short distance, easy and difficult routes.

There’s just so much to choose from that you could find yourself wishing you’d planned to stay much longer than originally thought!

Pump Room, Harrogate

The Pump House, Harrogate, Yorkshire.

Harrogate, which is just a short drive outside the  Dales is a lovely and remarkable town. Historically famous for its spas it’s now just as well known as a floral town, with a vast array of public gardens. And it’s  now evolved into a bustling town offering  fabulous shopping alongside the magnificent scenery, heritage and architecture.

Even outside of the national park, the Dales are superb for exploring and discovering, whether by foot, bike or car. The area receives an impressive number of tourists during the summer months and it’s not hard to see why. This means hotels and hostels can book out quickly, though, so make sure you get ahead of the pack and book into Clapham, Horton, Sedbergh or Harrogate hotels in good time so you’re not disappointed – and don’t forget to pack your walking boots!

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The section below, about the geography and geology of the Dales is used courtesy of Wikipedia.

The Yorkshire Dales (also known as The Dales) is the name given to an upland area, in Northern England.

The area lies within the historic county boundaries of Yorkshire, though it spans the ceremonial counties of North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and Cumbria. Most of the area falls within the Yorkshire Dales National Park, created in 1954, and now one of the fifteen National parks of Britain.

The Dales is a collection of river valleys and the hills among them, rising from the Vale of York westwards to the hilltops of the main Pennine watershed (the British English meaning). In some places the area even extends westwards across the watershed, but most of the valleys drain eastwards to the Vale of York, into the Ouse and then the Humber.

The word dale comes from a Nordic/Germanic word for valley, and occurs in valley names across Yorkshire (and Northern England generally) but since the creation of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the name Yorkshire Dales has come to refer specifically to these western dales and the area of dales and hills east of the Vale of York is now called the North York Moors after the National Park created there. The Yorkshire Dales is served by its own radio station, Fresh Radio, which broadcasts programmes from studio bases in Skipton and Richmond.

Geographically, the classical Yorkshire Dales spread to the north from the market and spa towns of Settle, Deepdale near Dent, Skipton, Ilkley and Harrogate  in North Yorkshire, with most of the larger southern dales (Ribblesdale, Malhamdale and Airedale, Wharfedale and Nidderdale) running roughly parallel from north to south. The more northerly dales (e.g. Wensleydale, Swaledale and Teesdale) running generally from west to east. There are also many other smaller or lesser known dales (Arkengarthdale, Barbondale, Bishopdale, Clapdale, Coverdale, Dentdale and Deepdale, Garsdale, Kingsdale, Littondale, Langstrothdale, Raydale, Waldendale and the Washburn Valley) whose tributary streams and rivers feed into the larger valleys.

The characteristic scenery of the Dales is green upland pastures separated by dry-stone walls and grazed by sheep and cattle. The dales themselves are ‘U’ and ‘V’ shaped valleys, which were enlarged and shaped by glaciers, mainly in the most recent, Devensian ice age.