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Visit the Dales


Northern dales and valleys

The northern Dales have a wilder, more remote feel to them than the rest of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The hill tops are dominated by heather moorlands that light up purple at the end of the summer. The valleys have intricate patterns of drystone walls surrounding traditional hay meadows dotted with stone field barns. In the more remote parts, the scars and ruins left by the once thriving lead mining industry can be spotted.


Arkengarthdale is the most northerly valley in the Yorkshire Dales with a wild feel. A lovely unfenced road leads up the valley to Tan Hill - the highest pub in Britain.


Coverdale is a beautiful quiet valley which links Wensleydale with Wharfedale. The major village is Carlton-in-Coverdale with its community pub.


Famous for its cheese, historic villages, waterfalls, traditional markets and crafts.


Widdale is one of the less well-known dales. But the trip is worth it to experience the feeling of remoteness in amongst the conifer woods or bleak moorland that lie on either side.