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Dales and valleys

Drystone walls and field barns in Swaledale
Photographer: YDNPA
Drystone walls and field barns in Swaledale

The Yorkshire Dales form part of the chain of Pennine uplands running up the centre of northern England. Drystone walls skirt around rocky outcrops, trees and streams producing intricate patterns on the landscape.

The sheltered dales are home to small villages and farmsteads, built of local stone and often protected by clumps of trees. Meadows are scattered with stone field barns. Above on the steepest slopes there are sparse woodlands or open rock scree, with fast-flowing streams tumbling into dramatic waterfalls.

Our heritage can still be seen. Discover where the earth was mined for its lime and lead or follow the ancient tracks of travellers and traders between the individual dales.

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