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.

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 April

April is perhaps one of the best times of year to visit a special garden like those at Parcevall Hall near Appletreewick. You'll find a range of beautiful scented spring-flowering shrubs and bulbs, and at this time of year you will avoid the crowds. Thorp Perrow Arboretum is also worth a visit at this time of year as it has one of the finest collections of daffodils in the North of England with many old and unusual varieties. They also offer free tea and cake for your mum on Mother's Day!

The first summer warblers will be arriving this month in the woods of the Dales. Listen out for the distinctive call of the chiff chaff (just like its name) and the willow warbler's melancholy song - a bit like a bowler running up to the cricket crease. If you'd like to learn more about bird song then see if you can find a local guided walk led by an expert in our What's On section.

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