The Yorkshire Dales cover almost 700 square miles of spectacular scenery across
North Yorkshire and Cumbria. The Dales make up one of England’s 10 national
parks, and it’s a place where people not only like to come and visit but where
large numbers of people also live and work.
It’s a landscape which may already be familiar to you from the large and small
screen: Calendar Girls; Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves;
Emmerdale; and All Creatures Great and Small were all filmed within the
national park’s boundaries. Heartbeat, Harry Potter and the
Philospher's Stone, Mansfield Park (with Billie Piper) and
Last of the Summer Wine were all filmed close by.
Whenever you visit, you’ll be struck by the extraordinary plays of light across
fields, villages, farm buildings and our famous dry-stone walls. Just don’t try
and count the sheep: they’re officially too numerous!
The Yorkshire Dales are home to a huge range of species, outstanding landscapes
and a rich and diverse cultural heritage. There’s something for everyone,
whether it’s quaint market towns (and poking about in bookshops before enjoying
the perfect cup of tea and a slab of cake) or, if your cup of tea would be
something more energetic, there’s everything from walking the clints and grykes
to pony-trekking; mountain-biking to climbing; canoeing to canal-cruising—and
loads more, besides.
There are (famous) cheese-makers to visit, rivers to gaze at, meadows to picnic
in, museums to wander round, and pictureseque pubs to sit and do very little in.
No wonder they call Yorkshire ‘God’s Own Country’.
Find out more…
The Yorkshire Dales National Park
National Trust’s page on Upper Wharfedale