Out and About in The Yorkshire Dales

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In the north of England is a National Park that lives up to helping give England the title of ‘green and pleasant land’.  The Yorkshire Dales National Park is an area of approximately 680 square miles and full of green lush valleys, flowing rivers, hills and limestone rockscapes. I adore the area as I train there and thousands of visitors per year shows many agree.

For me I am lucky to live not too far and I find it a great place to wander up, down or along with every type of hike and walk imaginable. Why, it is even home to my favourite training challenge, The Yorkshire 3 Peaks, 26 miles, 3 of its finest hills and variety with views along the way. In fact there are so many hills in this area you can stroll and enjoy just the one leisurely when the mood hits you.

But, fresh air comes in all ways and this place is not just for the hardened walker. Every valley has is own charm and there is lots to do and see wherever you look.

For a spectacular family walk and day out why not take a stroll around the Ingleton Falls Trail? 5 miles of woodland, waterfalls in all shapes and sizes, superb pathways and wonderful images. So much to see and explore here that the kids will not get bored.

And for a shorter walk but worth every step is Hardraw Force. Hidden in the grounds of the Green Dragon Inn is England’s highest single drop waterfall. You can watch it from below or make the short pathed walk up and round to the top to look down as the water flows over the edge with great effect.

Of course though this limestone rich environment has made some fantastic rock landscapes and the rock climbers would not be disappointed. A great example of the Yorkshire Dales limestone scene is Malham Cove. A huge wall of rock facing out from the hill, an old ice age waterfall standing now as a beauty spot for many visitors. Some admiring, some climbing it, some to stroll to its Limestone pathway at the top.

I have only touched on a small number of walking and views aspects of this great National Park here. I look forward in future to sharing with you the hilltops, villages, abbeys and grand houses, plus a hidden world underneath.

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42 Responses to “Out and About in The Yorkshire Dales”

  1. Ciki
    March 22, 2011 at 2:29 pm #

    what gorgeous landscapes. I would not mind training there everyday either! I particularly love the limestone waterfalls. reminds me of Malaysia;)

  2. Laura
    March 22, 2011 at 9:10 pm #

    Some wonderful photos – thanks for sharing!

  3. Paul Steele
    March 23, 2011 at 2:51 pm #

    Thank you very much!

  4. Alvin Lim
    March 26, 2011 at 12:03 pm #

    This remind me of Peak District !!

  5. Dolores Bell
    March 26, 2011 at 12:56 pm #

    Wow, FANTASTIC !!!!!! Georgous landscapes and awesome waterfalls…. Thanks for shareing.

  6. may delory
    March 26, 2011 at 5:35 pm #

    Walking in fresh air is always a healthy activity. Recently I had the chance to visit Yorkshire for the first time. Our group began our walk in the quaint village of Haworth, the town where the Bronte sisters wrote novels such as Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. Guided or self guided walks over the moors is spectacular. I love walking in places that revitalize my lungs. Yorkshire did so in a big way. There is so much do do in this area it’s mind boggling. Check it out.

  7. David perry
    March 27, 2011 at 1:06 am #

    A scenery of comfort,relaxation,harmony,stress free. Love it a DREAM goal to make it there some day

    • Paul Steele
      May 2, 2011 at 10:57 am #

      Hi David, thx. Yes you really should make it :)

  8. Zoe Dawes
    April 4, 2011 at 2:47 pm #

    Spent Mother’s Day at Grassington & Malham – this article was the impetus to escape the Lake District & go somewhere different :-)

  9. Cindy Vriend
    May 1, 2011 at 7:53 pm #

    I already loved the yorkshire 3 peaks, but you show us there’s so much more beauty to explore! Gorgeous photos and a beautiful post, thnx for sharing :)

    • Paul Steele
      May 2, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

      Thx Cindy, yes there is so much more to this lovely place :)

  10. Kendal Cottages
    May 11, 2011 at 4:47 pm #

    Lovely pictures, Paul. Thanks for sharing.

    We feel very lucky here as we’re sandwiched between the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District National Parks.

    You don’t get much better than that. :)

  11. Kendal Cottages
    May 11, 2011 at 4:47 pm #

    We feel very lucky here as we’re sandwiched between the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District National Parks.

    You don’t get much better than that. :)

    • Paul Steele
      May 11, 2011 at 8:25 pm #

      Hi yes, you are beautifully placed there :) thank you

  12. María Laura Frasnedo
    May 28, 2011 at 1:33 pm #

    I love the green valleys, hills and rockscapes of Yorkshire Dales.

    • Paul Steele
      June 4, 2011 at 8:25 am #

      A wonderful place to explore, thank you

  13. Konstantin Rudt
    June 3, 2011 at 10:39 am #

    I used to live in Bradford and I love to reminisce about the trips into the Dales.
    Thanks for the lovely review.

    • Paul Steele
      July 14, 2011 at 9:10 am #

      Thank you, yes it wouldn’t have been too far for you :)

  14. Delhi Hotels
    June 14, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Thanks for beautiful pics. First one is very nice.

  15. Emma James
    July 5, 2011 at 10:47 am #

    Wonderful blog and integral pictures Paul, thank you very much, it’s appreciated

    all the best

    Emma

    • Paul Steele
      July 14, 2011 at 9:10 am #

      Thanks Emma

  16. Elle
    July 23, 2011 at 1:37 am #

    What fabulous pictures Paul. That looks like a wonderful place for a hike. Thanks for sharing.

    • Paul Steele
      August 7, 2011 at 3:29 pm #

      Hi Elle, it truly is, thanks very much

  17. An Evil Bloodsucking Gnome
    August 4, 2011 at 12:26 pm #

    Why not come and visit ME in my cave at http://www.yorkshire-dales.com/trollers-gill.html {heh heh heh] ??

  18. Farrukh Siddiqui
    August 7, 2011 at 4:49 pm #

    great post Paul! beautiful waterfall i wish one day will see this place in real! just love it.

    • Paul Steele
      August 8, 2011 at 6:02 pm #

      Hi farrukh, thanks from over here :) Yes you must come visit and give me a shout when you do!

  19. Lindner ,Jürgen
    November 14, 2011 at 4:58 pm #

    Hallo,

    Eine wunderbare Landschaft in der das wandern sicher Spaß macht. Dort würde ich als erstes nach Gesteinen und Mineralien suchen. Grüße aus Erfurt/Deutschland

    Jürgen

  20. Johanna Bradley
    January 25, 2012 at 7:57 pm #

    Some cracking waterfalls in Yorkshire. Rain and limestone must be a good combination. Must get down there again soon

    • Paul Steele
      January 25, 2012 at 9:09 pm #

      Hi Johanna, yes. So many waterfalls and potholes aren’t there?:)

  21. Perthshire hotels
    February 23, 2012 at 11:16 am #

    Amazing post, amazing place, amazing video collage! Hoping to go there some day and make pictures of my own, best regards

    • Paul Steele
      February 26, 2012 at 9:33 am #

      Thank you. Yes. There is so much more to see and do there. Come see it in full glory :D

  22. Fatima Helena Souza Magalhaes
    March 23, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

    Beatifull site, interesting…..happy site

  23. Activ Yorkshire Dales
    June 14, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

    Thank you for helping show the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales. This is the most beautiful place in the UK and you capture some of its finest features. Thank you Paul.

    • Paul Steele
      July 1, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

      Thanks very much to you. Absolutely agree :)

  24. rashid
    September 23, 2012 at 8:40 am #

    nice photos,tnx.

  25. Charlotte
    September 18, 2013 at 10:35 am #

    I’ve been to Malham Cove – it’s so beautiful! I’ll definitely have to have a wander in the Dales when I’m back home again. I miss it!

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