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Butter making at Dales Countryside Museum Copyright Stephen Garnett

What to do…

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

Need inspiration?

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

If it’s a specific time of year you’re interested in we’ve got it covered. Take a look at our ideas of what to do month by month. You can also explore nature through the seasons with these guides:

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.

...in May

It can still be chilly this month, but wait for a warm May day and you'll think you're 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 hearts out 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.