Yorkshire Dales National Park
One of the three National Parks of YorkshireThe Yorkshire Dales National Park offers Yorkshire's mountain peaks, beautiful river valleys, attractive villages with country inns, ruined
The National Park was created in 1954. Since August 2016 it has been extended to cover a total of 841 square miles (2,179 square kilometers), extending it from the historic boundaries of Yorkshire into Lancashire and further areas of Cumbria. It previously covered 684 square miles (1,773 square kilometers).
The area offers excellent hiking and walking territory with paths and trails for people of all abilities. It is a centre for potholing and caving, has mountain bike routes and offers plenty of opportunity to study its rich wildlife.
The Pennine Way long-distance walk crosses the area, as does the Pennine Bridleway.
Farm fields with barns and divided by dry stone walls are characteristic of the area. Sheep farming is predominant in the Yorkshire Dales. Another major industry within the national park is quarrying.
Around 98% of the land of the National Park is privately owned.
Towns and villagesPlaces within or on the edge of the park include:
Just outside are:
InformationThe Yorkshire Dales National Park operates five visitor centres at:
Visiting the National Park by train
Heritage railway line The Wensleydale Railway also comes within a few metres of the boundary of the park at Redmire, near to the 14th century Bolton Castle. Trains run from
Visiting the National Park by busMany bus services run into the park, but planning your journey by checking timetables current for the day of your journey is a must. There are very few services per day on some routes with often no Sunday service while routes to some popular tourist destinations have a better service in summer than in winter and sometimes an enhanced service on Sundays. There are also routes which operate on only one day a week. Bank holidays and the Tour de Yorkshire cycle race also have an effect on bus services. Several different bus operators provide services. They can, and do, change timetables on various dates.
The West Yorkshire transport authority Metro in conjunction with North Yorkshire County Council and the Dales & Bowland Community Interest Company publishes summer and winter timetables (summer timetable for services from March 31) and useful information on travel to the Yorkshire Dales on this
Provided by the Dales and Bowland Community Interest Company, this
Yorkshire Dales National Park Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) website.
Nature in the Dales Nature in the Dales website of the Yorkshire Dales Biodiversity Forum, hosted by the YDNPA.
The Wensleydale Railway Heritage railway line running to Redmire at the edge of the National Park.
Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway Heritage railway line running just outside the National Park providing a link to National Park beauty spots.