Yorkshire Dales

The Backbone of Britain

 Designated as a National Park in 1954, the Yorkshire Dales is one of two
National Parks which are found mainly in Yorkshire.  A part of the Dales
also lie in Cumbria and a few square miles occupy the far north-eastern
tip of Lancashire.  More relaxed than the neighbouring Lake District, the
Yorkshire Dales offers plenty of walking, caving, mine exploration and
rock climbing opportunities.  Some of Britain's best caves are to be found
here and the Pennine Way and Coast to Coast Paths pass through here.

The Northern Dales

Yorkshire Dales - North
     For the purpose of this site I have divided the
     Yorkshire Dales section into three parts.  In this
     section I feature Wensleydale, a broad majestic dale
     and the narrower, more remote Swaledale, both
     running in an east - west direction through the
     northern part of the National Park.  Also included
     here are Bishopdale and Arkengarthdale along with
     some caves, mines and the highest pub in Britain.

The Three Peaks Area & Settle

Yorkshire Dales - West
     Dominated by the Three Peaks of Yorkshire, Pen-
     y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, the western
     part of the Yorkshire Dales also contains some of
     the finest and most extensive cave systems in the
     United Kingdom.  The Settle & Carlisle Railway
     passes through this area on the impressive
     Ribblehead Viaduct.  Ingleton, Clapham, White Scar
     Caves and Ingleborough Cave are well worth a visit.

The Cumbrian Dales

    The Cumbrian Dales
     The town of Sedbergh was historically in the West
     Riding of Yorkshire until the county boundary
     re-organisation of 1974 when it was transferred to
     the new county of Cumbria along with part of the
     Yorkshire Dales National Park.  The Park was extended
     further into Cumbria in 2016 and now incudes
     Casterton Fell with it's extensive network of caves.
     along with much of the area to the east of the M6.

Wharfedale & The East

    Yorkshire Dales - East
     The eastern part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park
     is dominated by Upper Wharfedale and the several
     dales that branch off it.  To the west of Upper
     Wharfedale is Malhamdale, at the head of which is the
     impressive Malham Cove.  This area is home to some
     of the most challenging and notorious caves and
     potholes in the country.  For the less energetic Stump
     Cross Caverns is visitable by the tourist.
Skipton, Ilkley & The South

Skipton, Ilkley and the South
     The town of Skipton on the southern edge of the
     Yorkshire Dales is the gateway to the National Park.
     Worthy of inclusion here is Ilkley with it's famous
     moor and part of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal between
     Foulridge and Bingley.


     To the east of the Yorkshire Dales National Park is
     Nidderdale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
     Although this area missed out on inclusion in the
     Yorkshire Dales when it was recently extended,
     Nidderdale is nevertheless an interesting part of
     North Yorkshire with it's selection of caves, pubs
     and other attractions with the small town of Pateley
     Bridge at it's heart.
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