Places

So much to do!

Visitors are spoilt for choice in Lower Wensleydale. Among the highlights are tours of the Black Sheep or Theakstons breweries; arts and crafts experiences at Artison in Masham; exploring the romantic grounds and ruins of Fountains Abbey or enjoying a quiet walk around the restored Hackfall Woods

Ripon and roller coasters

Further downstream is the cathedral city of Ripon, one of the oldest cities in Britain, with its quaint medieval streets and quirky heritage attractions.  For a completely different experience you can head to Lightwater Valley; a great little theme park with the longest roller coaster in Europe.

Lower Wensleydale

In Lower Wensleydale the countryside becomes more pastoral than it is higher up, with gently rolling fields, woodland and picturesque villages. The areas within and surrounding the market towns of Masham and Bedale are home to a wide variety of food and drink producers. There are high quality arts and crafts people who you can watch at work, or join them on a workshop to learn a new skill and produce your own gift.

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Swaledale

Along with Arkengarthdale, Swaledale is one of the most northerly of the dales and it has perhaps the wildest, most unspoilt scenery in the National Park. Many of the villages and tiny hamlets - such as Gunnerside (from 'Gunnar's saetr') - still carry the names given to them by Viking farmers who settled here over a thousand years ago.

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Wharfedale

The River Wharfe gathers the waters of Langstrothdale and the becks above Cray and runs south through the National Park to Bolton Abbey down a classic u-shaped glacial valley. The dale is criss-crossed with miles of drystone walls running up sometimes impossible-looking slopes to the limestone scars above with picturesque villages strung out along the valley bottom below.

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Malhamdale

Malhamdale is one of the most visited areas in the Yorkshire Dales. This isn't surprising because it has some of the most spectacular examples of limestone scenery in the whole of the National Park and beyond, including Malham Cove, Gordale Scar and Janet's Foss.

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Ribblesdale

The River Ribble starts at a spot called Gavel Gap high on the moor above Newby Head. It is a famous salmon river and watching salmon leaping up the various waterfalls along its course in the Autumn is one of nature's wonders.

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Dentdale

Dentdale is at the western end of the National Park. The dale's steep-sided valley contrasts beautiful flower-filled meadows and lush riverside pastures with the sparser grassy upland of the fells.

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Buttertubs Pass

There are many high roads and passes in the Yorkshire Dales with fantastic views of the surrounding valleys and fells, but perhaps the best known is Buttertubs Pass.

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Cotter Force

One of the National Park's most accessible waterfalls with its specially graded path suitable for pushchairs and wheelchair users. A bench near the falls means you can rest and enjoy the delightful scenery.

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Great Douk Cave

Great Douk Cave is a shallow cave system on the western slope of Ingleborough which is reached along the main path which starts from close to the Hill Inn.

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