YORKSHIRE DALES (The)

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YORKSHIRE DALES (The)

The Yorkshire Dales National Park was established in 1954.  Say ‘The Dales’ and people think of waterfalls, caves, textbook limestone features, drystone walls, Wensleydale cheese and the three peaks, Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen-y-Ghent.  The highest peak is Whernside at 2415 feet (736 metres).  All of these peaks can be tackled by anyone who is reasonably fit, but they are serious walks and should not be approached casually, or in bad weather.  The limestone rock that predominates also makes the Dales a haven for cavers.

Each of the Dales has its own character but, overall, it is generally a place of big skies and few trees.  Since August 2016, when it was enlarged, it has covered 841 square miles (2,179 square kilometres) from parts of Cumbria (nudging the Lake District) and Lancashire in the west, through North Yorkshire to Richmond in the east.  This is close to Herriot country.

The principal settlements are Grassington, Settle, Hawes and Sedbergh.

Location/Address
Yoredale
Bainbridge
Leyburn
County
North Yorkshire
Post Code
DL8 3EL
Main Historic Period
N/A
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Primary Management
National Park

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