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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 September

A sight not to be missed in September is the heather in full-bloom on our high moorlands. Managed for grouse shooting over the past couple of hundred years, the heather is carefully burned off in a mosiac to provide both food and ground cover for the birds. Swaledale has some of the best heather moorlands, many of which hide ancient monuments such as the enigmatic Maiden Castle above Reeth, or more recent leadmining remains such as the flues above Cupola smelt mill on Grassington Moor. Explore with care though, as there are many uncovered mine shafts also hidden on the moors!

The last agricultural shows of the year are held in September such as the one in Muker in Swaledale. Check out our What's On calendar for details.