The Yorkshire Dales are well-known for their attractive blend of rolling hills, woodland, wild moorland, dramatic landscapes and gentle valleys. The scenery here is some of the finest in all of Britain. Opportunities for great walks abound. Visiting pleasant little dales towns and villages provide a glimpse into traditional old-fashioned Yorkshire life. The Yorkshire Dales are situated in North Yorkshire County in the northeast of England.
One of the best ways to experience the Yorkshire Dales is via one of England‘s most scenic railways, the Settle-Carlisle Railway. The Settle-Carlisle Railway can be boarded from Leeds Station, stopping throughout the Dales: Skipton, Settle, Horton, Ribblehead, Dent, and Garsdale.
Some of the highlights of the Yorkshire Dales include:
Masham, which sits on the edge of the Dales, is a pleasant small town with thriving market place and some interesting shops and cafes.
Ingleborough is one of the tallest peaks in the Dales which offer fabulous views and excellent walking opportunities.
Bolton Abbey is known for its river-side abbey in a picturesque location.
Grassington is a prosperous market town and a great base for walking.
Pen-y-Ghent is another hill popular with walkers.
Settle is a handsome little market town with a great traditional atmosphere.
Skipton is an attractive historic market town with one of England’s largest and best preserved castles.
Nearby cities include Ripon and York. Ripon is a small historic cathedral city, which is considered to be the oldest city in England. It’s also the fourth smallest city in the country. York is larger and far more famous. York has an ancient history with some of the best preserved historical buildings and structures in Europe.
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The Peak District is another classic getaway. Most of the Peak District lies within the Peak District National Park, which was established in 1951 as the first national park in Britain.
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