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Drystone walls and field barns in Swaledale
Photographer: YDNPA
Drystone walls and field barns in Swaledale
Hull Pot on the northern slopes of Pen-y-ghent in Ribblesdale
Hull Pot on the northern slopes of Pen-y-ghent in Ribblesdale
Semer Water
Semer Water
Kilnsey Crag
Kilnsey Crag

Our stunning landscape was shaped over millennia by ice. This created a rolling landscape of lush dales (valleys), windswept hills like the famous Three Peaks and vast expanses of heather-covered moors.

Over the centuries, people's interaction with nature has produced countryside of incredible beauty. Covering 1,762 sq kilometres (860 sq miles), the National Park is a treasure trove of special features. You can enjoy deep ravines like Gordale Scar, the soaring limestone amphitheatre that is Malham Cove, awesome cave systems including Gaping Gill, the lakes of Semerwater and Malham Tarn and spectacular waterfalls like Hawdraw Force and Aysgarth Falls.

Discover more about the landscape that makes the Yorkshire Dales National Park so unique by clicking on the photos.

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