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Walking near West Burton
Photographer: Paul Harris
Walking near West Burton
Starry night near Ribblehead
Photographer: Matthew Savage
Starry night near Ribblehead
Belted Galloways in Wharfedale
Photographer: Paul Harris
Belted Galloways in Wharfedale
Feeding the llamas at Kinsey Park
Photographer: Paul Harris
Feeding the llamas at Kinsey Park

Stargazing

Learn about the wonderful dark skies of the Dales.

Activities for kids

Great ideas for what to do with the kids whatever the weather.

The Dales are magical throughout the year, Check out our tips and ideas:

...in March

Spring will most definitely be springing by the time March rolls around in the Dales. The very first wild flowers like lesser celandine and primroses can be spotted along the field banks and roadsides. There will be lots of woolly lambs in the fields watched over by their anxious mothers, and birds will be in full song. The lapwings with their 'drunken' flight and the distinctive cry of the curlews will have returned to the Dales.

Visit one of several beautiful woodland reserves to get the full effect. Freeholders' Wood is in Wensleydale and owned by us while in Wharfedale you will find Grass Wood which is owned by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. Both have well-made paths laid out for you to follow.

Many of the open farms in the national park will also be fully open by the end of the month with lambs to be bottle fed and calves to be spotted. Hazel Brow Farm has a wonderful location in Swaledale and Hesketh Farm Park is right at the other end of the National Park in Lower Wharfedale.

What to do calendar 

Need inspiration?

Have a look at some ideas for rainy days, or find places to go with the kids.

The Dales is also a great place to see birds, animals and flowers - check out how to enjoy wildlife.

History runs deep in the Dales. Find our where to enjoy the heritage of our lovely stone built villages, dramatic well preserved castles or ruined abbeys.

Dalesbook

Dalesbook is a new initiative for 2015. Get discounts at attractions, restaurants and lots of other popular businesses throughout the Yorkshire Dales. An annual book of local vouchers with savings of over £1000, supporting local businesses and good causes. It's your essential book of savings, when visiting the Yorkshire Dales. It is available on-line or at National Park Centres.

Stargazing

Learn about the wonderful dark skies of the Dales.

Activities for kids

Great ideas for what to do with the kids whatever the weather.

...on sunny days

Great ideas for what to do on sunny days

...on rainy days

Great ideas for what to do on rainy days

Shows and festivals

Discover the great shows, galas and festivals that take place throughout the year

Historic sites

Castles, stately houses, ruined abbeys, fantastic gardens and more ...

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