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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 May

It can still be chilly this month but wait for a warm May day and you will think you are in heaven if you take a stroll along one of our many valley bottom walks. The grass will have greened up, spring flowers will be in full bloom along the banks and in the woods, the fields will be full of lambs playing and there will be meadow pipits and skylarks singing their heads off in the skies above. 

It's a good time to try your hand at something new like geocaching which is guaranteed to take you exploring places you might never have found on your own. Or why not take a morning walk through Strid Woods on the Bolton Abbey estate admiring the fresh green leaves on the trees and listening to all the joyous bird song, followed by tea and cake at the Cavendish Pavilion beside the River Wharfe, sparkling in the spring sunshine.

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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