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The Yorkshire Dales National Park offers 841 square miles of stunning scenery to explore...
From craggy hillsides to sweeping valleys, with breath-taking natural beauty at every turn, such as the famous limestone pavement at Malham and the spectacular waterfall trail at Ingleton.
What’s more, with 8million visitors every year, there is a huge range of other attractions too, with everything from steam trains to music festivals, castles to country houses and peaceful gardens to thrilling rollercoasters.
There is a non-stop calendar of events all year round within the national park...
From seasonal events, like village fetes and festive fairs, to music festivals and arts exhibitions, there’s always something going on to amuse, entertain and inspire, there's something for everyone to enjoy.
One of the most famous events is right on our doorstep, with the annual Grassington Festival of Music and Arts, which takes place every summer and attracts performers and artists from across the world. People travel from far and wide to see the shows, but for you it’s just a short trip into the village.
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The nearby village of Grassington is just two miles away...
Offering a choice of friendly independent shops and cafés. The village also holds a farmers’ market every third Sunday of the month, offering the freshest possible produce from the local area.
For a more extensive shop, the supermarkets of Skipton are less than ten miles away, where you’ll find Cravens Court shopping centre as well as Skipton market, which dates back over 800 years. Open every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, Skipton market was named the Best Small Outdoor Market in the UK in 2017.
With so much beautiful countryside to explore, you’ll feel drawn to get out and explore your surroundings...
Unlike some areas of Britain, the Yorkshire Dales is accessible at many levels, from a gentle stroll to serious hiking and climbing, so everyone can enjoy its beauty.
Take a gentle stroll through Grass Wood, near Grassington, and take in the abundant flora and fauna of the nature reserve, or take a walk through Freeholders’ Wood, past the spectacular Aysgarth falls. For a more challenging hike, the Pennine Way, the Coast to Coast and the Dales Way all pass through the park, and it is also home to the iconic 24 hour challenge, the Yorkshire Three Peaks.
There is plenty to keep the kids amused and entertained within the Yorkshire Dales...
With endless attractions created just for them, packed with history and mystery, action and adventure.
There are loads of castles and historic monuments to discover in the park, including Bolton Castle, Skipton Castle, Fountains Abbey and Jervaulx Abbey. Look out for special family days where you can see falconry displays, archery and even medieval knights in action. For a more modern day out, head for Europe’s longest rollercoaster at Lightwater Valley, the tree-top adventures of Aerial Extreme at Bedale, or the mysterious world of Forbidden Corner, near Leyburn, with its strange tunnels, chambers and labytrinths.
Food and drink are an important part of life in the Yorkshire Dales...
And our locals are rightly proud of their produce. From Long Ashes, you can explore all the culinary delights of the area either under your own steam or as part of an organised tour.
Highlights include the home of Wensleydale cheese, the favourite of Wallace and Grommit, where you can taste the authentic original straight from the dairy. You can also enjoy a drink and a meal at the Tan Inn, officially the highest pub in Great Britain at 1,732ft above sea level. Local specialities include Kilnsey trout and Limestone beef, both farmed naturally using traditional methods.
In many ways, life has changed little for centuries in the Yorkshire Dales...
But you can see what has changed, and how life used to be, at the many museums scattered across the region.
The main museum in the area is the Dales Countryside Museum at Hawes, which tells the story of Dales life through the ages. You’ll also find Museums at Reeth (Swaledale Museum), Settle (Museum of North Craven Life) and right here in our own neighbouring village, where you’ll find the Grassington Folk Museum.
You can step back in time to the golden age of fine homes, magnificent railways and award-winning heritage attractions right across The Yorkshire Dales
The Yorkshire Dales is home to several stunning stately homes and formal gardens, as well as a number of nostalgic steam trains that still operate regular services.
One of the finest houses in the Dales is Newby Hall and Gardens, near Ripon which is so impressive it was almost home to the TV series Downton Abbey. Other gardens worth exploring include Parcevall Hall Garden, near Appletreewick, Kiplin Hall and Gardens, near Richmond, and Constable Burton Hall garden near Leyburn.
Steam enthusiasts will love the choice of classic routes in the national park, including the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway, the Wensleydale Railway and perhaps most famously, the Settle-Carlisle Railway.
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