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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. January

January is definitely the time to start putting your New Year's resolutions into action. Even a short walk in beautiful countryside will cheer your spirits and put you on the right track for getting that little bit fitter. We have lots of short walks to choose from right here on our website, or why not buy one of the excellent guide books that we sell in our online shop

We can't pretend that January days will always be crisp and clear so you'll need to come prepared. As a wise hill walker (Alfred Wainwright) once said, 'there's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing'. If you don't have the right waterproofs and boots then why not call in at one of the many outdoor clothing shops that can be found in the larger towns and villages in the National Park? Each will have experienced staff who will match you up with the best kit for your needs.

After a bracing walk, there's no better way to warm up than in front of a log fire in one of the many pubs scattered throughout the National Park. Most serve good food as well as local brews and it's the perfect way to end your day in the dales - just don't eat too much pudding!