Discover the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales

Yorkshire Dales National Park, North Yorkshire

A photographer’s dream, the Yorkshire Dales has many moods – from wild and windswept to quietly tranquil – each dramatically beautiful.

Straddling the Pennine hills in the North of England, the Yorkshire Dales National Park offers dramatic limestone scenery, heather moorland and delightful towns and villages. Each valley or ‘dale’ has its own distinct, and highly photogenic, character.

Malham Cove, a gently curving cliff of white limestone, has attracted visitors for centuries, while the waterfalls at Aysgarth (a triple-drop) and Hardraw are also spectacular – the latter, England’s largest single drop waterfall, is located in the grounds of traditional pub The Green Dragon. Visit Swaledale for wild and unspoilt scenery and, at Tan Hill, England’s highest pub. 

You can almost reach out and touch the area’s history, from the Romans to the great Norman castles and imposing monasteries. Many villages still carry the names given to them by Viking farmers who settled here thousands of years ago. 

Access the Yorkshire Dales from nearby cities, including York, 2 hours from London by train.

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Hay meadows in RibblesdaleHay meadows in Ribblesdale © Paul Harris
Evening light on IngleboroughEvening light on Ingleborough © Robbie Stone
A family admiring Aysgarth FallsA family admiring Aysgarth Falls © Paul Harris
Hardraw Falls - the highest single drop waterfall in EnglandHardraw Falls - the highest single drop waterfall in England © Paul Harris
The barns and wall of Swaledale near MukerThe barns and wall of Swaledale near Muker © Matt Robinson

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