Overview of the Yorkshire Dales

The Yorkshire Dales was established as a National Park in 1954 and covers some 680 square miles (1,762 square kilometres). This stunning area of outstanding natural beauty straddles the Pennines in North Yorkshire and Cumbria.


Visitors, artists and writers have sought out the Yorkshire Dales throughout the ages for its breathtaking scenery and modern visitors will appreciate the unspoiled beauty of the land. People have lived in the Yorkshire Dales for well over 10,000 years and the patchwork of dry-stone walls and barns, the ancient castles and ruins add to the stunning natural scenery.


Each of the Yorkshire Dales displays different characteristics for visitors to enjoy. The Northern Dales offer stunning, vast and rugged scenery for walkers and sightseers alike. In the west visitors can explore the villages and small towns, each with their own individual charm. The Southern Dales are less remote than their northern neighbours and attract visitors throughout the year. There is something for everyone within the Yorkshire Dales.


The Yorkshire Dales are dotted with picturesque villages where visitors will find tea rooms and traditional Yorkshire pubs to relax and unwind in as well as market towns to satisfy any shopping needs.


Towns such as Harrogate, Wensleydale and Skipton provide a perfect break from the Dales for visitors to relax or shop. Visitors will find plenty to do in this beautiful National Park regardless of the season.


To read more about this fantastic area and review a selection of accommodation, attractions, activities, tea rooms, cafes, restaurants and pubs please visit: www.yorkshiredales-stay.co.uk.