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Gayle Bench Somewhere to rest by the river

What to do in July

By the long summer days of July, the flowery hay meadows that the Yorkshire Dales are famous for will mostly have been cut, dried and stored away as food for farm animals over the winter. If you want to see flowers then a visit to somewhere like Parcevall Hall gardens is recommended, with its magnificent herbaceous border and pool-side rockery being at their best this month. If you see anything you like then there is a little nursery next to the tea shop selling plants from the gardens.

If the weather is warm then take a hike up onto the tops where you are bound to catch a cool breeze along with fine views. Open Access areas allow you to walk where you like, so make the most of it with one of our suggested routes. If that sounds too energetic then take a walk alongside one of the many riverside footpaths that can be found throughout the National Park. Look out for brown trout hanging lazily in the shadows or take off your walking boots and dabble your toes in the sparkling shallows.