Snaking for thousands of kilometres across the National Park is an unmistakable patchwork of drystone walls. Over 8,000 kilometres of these ancient land boundaries traverse the dales, along with around 6,000 traditional farm buildings.
The area’s long history of livestock farming has given rise to its own livestock breeds, such as the Swaledale sheep, emblem of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Livestock sales and agricultural shows play an important part in the lives of local communities.
Today cheese-makers flourish, building on the traditions of the Cistercian monks who brought their fromage-making skills over from Normandy in the 11th Century.
The world-famous Settle-Carlisle railway runs through the National Park from north to southh. Renowned for its evocative Victorian architecture, the line passes over huge stone viaducts, through long tunnels and past remote wayside station buildings.
Thirsty? The Dales has many inns with cosy bar areas, log fires and local ales, including the 17th Century Tan Hill Inn, Britain’s highest pub at 528 metres (1,732 feet) above sea level.
Heathrow 4.5 hours
Manchester 1.5 hours
Hull 2 hours
of England’s remaining flower-rich upland hay meadows and pastures is in the Yorkshire Dales
This guide provides you with a source of information on the wide range of contractable experiences and accommodation available in nine of England’s National Parks.
The Yorkshire Dales National Park Overview
Julie Barker – Head of Visitor Services
+44 (0)300 456 0030
In June, we welcomed an international press group of 8 journalists and influencers to the Lake District & Peak District to showcase the best of the two regions and to celebrate 70 years of National Parks in the UK. Media representatives came from Australia, USA, China, Russia, UAE, Italy, Korea
Battlesteads is a charming hotel that dates back to 1747 and is located in the heart of the Northumberland National Park Dark Skies region. Battlesteads is a pub, hotel and restaurant, with an on-site Observatory. The 4 parts of this venue work fantastically as stand-alone elements and together they complement