Yorkshire Dales National Park

Yorkshire Dales National Park Location

Yorkshire Dales National Park Location

This beautiful landscape of gently tumbling countryside and wide open valleys covers over 683 square miles in the north of England, straddling the central Pennines in Yorkshire and Cumbria.

The limestone cliffs or clints and gorges (grykes) characterise the picturesque upland scenery along with dry-stone walls, barns and a scattering of stone villages. These cliffs and gorges provide the perfect playground for pot holers and cavers. Under expert guidance you can experience the excitement of caving at every level – if you dare.

Water is an important feature of the landscape. In Wensleydale for example, you’ll find the stepped Aysgarth Falls and the highest single-drop waterfall in England, Hardraw Force.
Wild flower rich hay meadows dominate the Dale bottoms, the lush pastures of the moorlands providing the habitat for many rare plants and birds. Look out for black grouse, yellow wagtail and red squirrel.

Several walking routes cross the park, including the Dales Way, The Ribble Way and the Pennine Way. The area is rich in cultural associations too, Wuthering Heights, Emmerdale, Robin Hood – Prince of Thieves and All Creatures Great and Small were filmed here.

Camping in Yorkshire Dales National Park