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5 things to do in the Yorkshire Dales

The Yorkshire Dales is famous for outstanding scenery, unspoilt countryside, diverse wildlife habitats, and a rich cultural heritage. It can be wild and windswept one day and quiet and tranquil the next. Whatever the weather, this limestone scenery is a wonderful area for stretching your legs on a walk, by bike, or simply enjoying the large open spaces and far reaching views.

Bolton Castle

Bolton Castle is a spectacular medieval fortress, preserved in outstanding condition and situated in the heart of Wensleydale, inside the Yorkshire Dales National Park. This magnificent medieval fortress is steeped in over 600 years of fascinating history and has something for all the family to enjoy including a spectacular falconry experience, medieval archery, Wild Boar park and traditional crafts. You will find a raft of sights, sounds and smells which bring the castle to life and make for a truly memorable trip.

Wensleydale Railway

Relax in style on the Wensleydale Railway and experience a beautiful journey through the Yorkshire Dales. Starting from Leeming Bar in the East to Redmire in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, enjoy an unforgettable journey through the beautiful Yorkshire countryside. Passing through the Georgian market town of Bedale and the Dales market town of Leyburn, with constantly changing scenery, this journey is undoubtably one you won’t forget.

Fountains Abbey

Step back into a rich and dramatic past by exploring the 900-year-old abbey ruins - the largest monastic ruins in the country! You can then follow the gentle banks of the River Skell down from the abbey to the garden, which has been channelled into canals, cascades and tranquil moon ponds. Open year-round, Fountains Abbey is fantastic for walks and each season brings its own unique delights to see. Watch wildlife awaken in the springtime, catch the colourful wildflowers during summer, enjoy autumnal splendour and wrap up warm to see the atmospheric ruins sparkle with frost as winter returns.

Fountains Abbey

Malham Cove

One of the most stunning natural attractions in the whole of Yorkshire, Malham Cove has been inspiring people through the ages, from painter JMW Turner to the makers of Harry Potter. If you take the time to walk up to the top of the 260 ft natural amphitheatre shaped cliff you will experience the ‘limestone pavement,’ which continues to fascinate geologists and historians from around the world. The unrivalled views of the surrounding Yorkshire Dales make it a brilliant spot for walking, and the 70-foot incline makes it extremely popular with rock climbers of varying ability.

Ingleton Waterfalls Trail

The four and a half mile Ingleton Waterfall Trail boasts some of the most spectacular waterfall and oak woodland scenery in the UK, truly encapsulating nature at its best. It is an ideal day out for family and friends and an opportunity for educational visitors to explore nature and geological features. With rare and interesting plants and wildlife and its importance as a geological site, much of the Ingleton Waterfalls trail has been designated as a Site of Specific Scientific Interest by Natural England. As a year-round attraction, you will have abundant opportunities to view seasonal landscapes and to experience a walk in a waterfall wonderland, whatever the weather.

Ingleton Falls
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