Yorkshire Dales Visitor information
An Introduction to The Yorkshire Dales
At the heart of the Yorkshire Dales are three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty - the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the Forest of Bowland and scenic Nidderdale. The Yorkshire Dales have been a National Park since 1954 and attract over 9 million visitors a year. The area has stunning scenery with hills to explore, uplands to roam and many caves to venture into.
Things to do in The Yorkshire Dales
White Scar Cave is the longest show cave in Britain. The area contains many scenic view such as Aysgarth Falls and the Ingleton Waterfalls trail. The area is also famous of it's Wensleydale cheese, which can be seen in production at the local Wensleydale cheese creamery. Overlooking the area are Bolton Castle and Richmond Castle.
Getting to The Yorkshire Dales
By Coach and Bus
Bus and coach links to the Dales are good with nearby towns such as Lancaster, Skipton, Leeds, Harrogate, York, Ripon, Northallerton and Darlington all being well served by National Express or Megabus coaches, and a range of local bus services. There are many bus services within the National Park which run throughout the year, providing links between the main towns and villages and the surrounding area.
The two National Rail services covering the Yorkshire Dales area are the Leeds-Morecambe line and the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle line. Other local stations not on these lines include Darlington, Northallerton, Ilkley and Oxenholme.
The three nearest international airports are Leeds Bradford, Manchester Airport and Newcastle Airport.
The Yorkshire Dales are very accessible by road - the area is bordered by major trunk roads with the M6 skirting the west, the A66 to the north, the A1 to the east and the A65, A59, A629, M62 and M65 to the south.