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  • Malham Cove, © Príamo Melo.
  • Hardraw Force waterfall, © Britainonview / Martin Brent.
  • Limestone pavement, © Britainonview / Martin Brent.
  • Twisleton Scars, © Martin Priestley.
  • Swaledale sheep, © Britainonview.
  • Hay meadow in Malham, © Rick at Fortybelowzero.

Hardraw Force waterfall, © Britainonview / Martin Brent.

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A special place

Yorkshire Dales National Park is a special place; a place of natural beauty and diversity, a place of grandeur, a place of tranquility and solitude, a place to be refreshed and invigorated, and a place to enjoy the challenges of the hills. 

The interaction of people with nature throughout history has produced a landscape of remarkable and distinctive character. Read more about what makes it special here.

Yorkshire Dales National Park

What is the Yorkshire Dales National Park and where do you find it? Why is it a national park? Who lives there? Who looks after it?

A landscape of remarkable beauty

Patterns of geology, landform, soils and vegetation, land use, field patterns and human settlement combine together to create character.

Nature in the Dales

The Yorkshire Dales National Park is a special place because of its rich biodiversity. The area is home to a wide range of species. Many of these are rare or scarce nationally and the Yorkshire Dales National Park is the last stronghold for many plant and animal species.

The spirit of the National Park

Limited light pollution means spectacular night skies blanketed with sparkling stars and planets.