The GO Outdoors Guide to the Yorkshire Dales - 60 Reasons to Visit
Yorkshire is the largest county in the United Kingdom, covering almost the entire width of the north of England with the rugged terrain of the Yorkshire Dales running through the centre. While the landscape might be challenging and undulating, it is also one of the most picturesque regions in the UK with some truly breathtaking views to take in – if you fancy a challenging walk or cycle through the area that is!
If you’re a keen walker, cyclist or climber, or if you just love camping in the great outdoors and you’re looking for somewhere different to take in the sights and challenges, then the Yorkshire Dales are for you.
We’ve compiled a series of guides enabling you to find out all you need to know about the wonderful Yorkshire Dales so that you can prepare yourself for your next pursuit.
You don’t have to be an expert in the outdoors, and you certainly don’t have to go the full distance between the locations we’ve gathered for you – as you’re never too far from a beautiful tea room in the Yorkshire Dales where you can stop and catch your breath.
Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten the youngsters! We’ve also compiled a list of family friendly activities that you can all get involved in so the whole family can get out and about outdoors.
Ready to go? Grab your waterproofs, your walking boots or cycling equipment and pack a rucksack full of the essentials and plan your venture into the Yorkshire Dales with the help of GO Outdoors.
- Yorkshire Dales Walks
- Yorkshire Dales Cycle Routes
- Yorkshire Dales Climbing Routes
- Yorkshire Dales Campsites
- Yorkshire Dales Family Activities
- Yorkshire Dales Try Something New
The best way to see the beautiful Yorkshire Dales is on foot, so whether you’re an experienced walker or not we’ve got some great routes for you to try:
- Horse Head Moor and Deepdale
You’ll need to ensure that you’ve got some sturdy walking boots and some good waterproofs if you want to take on this picturesque walk through the Dales. Spanning around 5 and a half miles it’s a good challenge for experienced walkers, but relative newcomers shouldn’t be dissuaded. The walk should take you between two to three hours as you make your way through Horse Head Moor and Deepdale
More Information: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/upper-wharfedale/trails/horse-head-moor-and-deepdale-walk
- Pen-y-Ghent and Ingleborough (Anticlockwise)
Pen-y-Ghent is one of the Yorkshire Dales’ Three Peaks so there are a lot of uphill sections on this anticlockwise route towards Ingleborough, meaning you’ll have to be pretty fit and healthy for this particular walk. It covers close to 19 miles and would take roughly six hours to complete – but at the end of the day, what’s the rush when you get to take in the views of Yorkshire from one of the highest points in the whole county? Just be sure to take your waterproofs in case the weather turns while you’re out!
More Information: http://www.walkjogrun.net/routes/current_route.cfm?rid=05786279-D35A-84DB-B3D0F1C4045A0726
- Hawes to Aysgill Force
There are plenty of steep hills, farm tracks and exposed tree roots along this particularly rural route through the Yorkshire Dales. Starting out at Hawes you’ll have plenty of quintessentially British scenery to take in – and obstacles to climb over and avoid, such as stiles and loose stones. You’ll also be able to visit the Wensleydale Creamery for a sampling tour or the Dales Museum to find out about the history of the area. Hardraw Force, the largest single-drop waterfall in England, is also just off the route. Make sure that you’re looking ahead of you as well as at the beautiful scenery during this 4-mile walk to Aysgill Force.
More Information: http://www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/391874/Hawes-to-Aysgill-Force-2015.pdf
- Great Whernside from Kettlewell
The upper side of the Wharfedale valley takes in some spectacular parts of the Yorkshire Dales, particularly at the summit of Great Whernside. Covering a distance of 8 miles the route from Great Whernside to Kettlewell might not be one of the longest, but it’s certainly enough to get the blood pumping. A moderate walk across tarmac, gravel and loose earth
More Information: http://www.walkingbritain.co.uk/walk-1250-introduction
- Yorkshire Three Peaks
If you talk to any experienced walker they’ll tell you that the Three Peaks in the Yorkshire Dales are a must. In terms of challenging terrain and beautiful scenery they don’t come any better in the region, but you’d best come prepared! It’s estimated that a walk across the three biggest mountains in the county will cover 25 miles and may take anything up to 14 hours to complete, so be sure to pack your best boots and waterproofs - you don’t want to get caught out by changeable weather.
More Information: http://www.walkingenglishman.com/dales01.html
- Waterfalls of Ingleton
Wander through beautiful green woodland and you’ll come across what have been declared as England’s “most spectacular waterfalls.” A must-see for any walker taking in the Dales, the waterfalls of Ingleton are truly a sight to behold. The walk is filled with wonderful sights throughout the 4.5 miles, with plenty to see in addition to the falls and places to stop to grab a bite to eat too – or you could always find a safe spot for a swim to cool off on a hot day!
More Information: http://where2walk.co.uk/yorkshire_dales/riverside_walks/ingleton-waterfalls-walk/
- Settle Round
A relatively easy walk in terms of the terrain and the distance, Settle Round is still one of the most beautiful parts of the Yorkshire Dales. Visit the impressive Victoria Cave carved naturally out of the limestone rock in the region, an area famous for the discovery of Mammoth bones and Roman remains when it was first discovered. The 10-mile circular route is easy to follow and a great way to blow off the cobwebs.
More Information: http://www.happyhiker.co.uk/MyWalks/YorkshireDales/SettleRound/Hiking%20Pages%20-%20Settle%20Round.htm
- Circular from Grassington
The market town of Grassington is popular with a lot of visitors to the Yorkshire Dales, especially those taking in the circular walking route. Starting off from the town you can head through the market square, bustling with traders on a busy day before heading off into the peace and tranquillity of the Dales. The walk might only be 5 miles long but there is still plenty to take in, including a particularly popular stretch down by the river Wharfe.
More Information: http://www.daleswalks.co.uk/walks/grass_wood_and_river_wharfe_from_grassington/
- West Burton to Aysgarth Falls and Cauldron Falls Round
A moderate difficulty, 6-mile walk through the Yorkshire Dales sounds like a very tempting proposition doesn’t it? The route from West Burton to Aysgarth Falls and Cauldron Falls Round takes in some tricky, undulating surfaces before levelling out just in time for you to grab a pint at the end! You can also take in Wensleydale and its famous Creamery by going slightly off course (so take a map if you intend to do this), and the picturesque Swaledale before reaching the wonderful falls.
More Information: http://www.walkingwiththetaxidriver.co.uk/the-walks/yorkshire-dales/west-burton-to-aysgarth-falls-and-cauldron-falls-round/
- Gordale Scar and Malharm Tarn Circuit
One of the most breathtaking walks in the Yorkshire Dales but one that should also only be attempted during prolonged spells of good weather. The loose ground near Gordale Scar and on the Malharm Tarn Circuit could prove difficult for walkers even on a clear, sunny day let alone a rainy one; but if you get the best conditions it’s a wonderful experience. You’ll be able to see for miles from Gordale Scar, making the 9-mile, 5-hour walk all worthwhile.
More Information: http://www.walkingintheyorkshiredales.co.uk/Malham%20Tarn.htm
Cycling is one of the most popular hobbies in the UK, but particularly in Yorkshire since the introduction of the Tour de Yorkshire. If you see yourself as a strong cyclist, why not take in some of these trips through the Dales?
- Hebden Bridge to Brighouse
Traffic is something that puts a lot of people off trying new cycling routes, but the 12-mile journey between Hebden Bridge and Brighouse rolls out across predominantly traffic-free towpaths and tracks. Get on your bike and travel alongside the Rochdale Canal for some picturesque British scenery – as well as some peace and quiet – between the two bustling market towns for the perfect introduction to the Yorkshire Dales.
More Information: http://www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map/route/hebden-bridge-to-brighouse
- Malham to Skipton
Starting out at Malham, this excellent cycling route winds its way down through the Dales to the market town of Skipton and runs close to the famous Bolton Abbey. It’s not an overly complicated or difficult route, but it is one where you may encounter a fair amount of traffic. The 15.2-mile route is one that will test keen cyclists, allowing you to take in plenty of the picturesque Dales as the miles roll by in what will seem like no time.
More Information: http://www.mapmyride.com/gb/settle-eng/malham-to-skipton-course-1455737
- Etape du Dales
110 miles, on a bike, on one of the Tour de Yorkshire stages. How does that sound? If it’s the kind of thing that sounds right up your street then you’re in luck as the Etape du Dales provides exactly that. This circular loop through the Dales takes in testing climbs, fast downhill sections and – of course – picturesque scenery that you don’t normally get to see even if you’re a local. If you need to stop off anywhere along the way, you can even stop for a pint at England’s highest pub – perhaps not an option for those focussed on the cycling, but a great option for recreational cyclists looking to explore.
More Information: http://letour.yorkshire.com/cycling-culture-and-business/cycling-events/4-rides-to-try
- Circuit of Fountains Fell
A long but highly satisfying route, a circuit of Fountains Fell enables keen cyclists to test themselves on the rough surfaces while taking in some of the picture-perfect views including Pen-y-Ghent, the Littondale valley and Malham Tarn. Covering a total of 25 miles starting and finishing in Stainforth you’ll need to be pretty fit – but it’s by no means an exclusive route for keen or frequent cyclists. There are two long climbs that will challenge even the best riders, but it’ll all be worth it when you reach the top!
More Information: http://www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/visit-the-dales/get-outdoors-dales/mountain-biking/mountain-biking-routes/mtb-routes/mtb-route-fountainsfell/mtb-circuit_of_fountains_fell.pdf
- King of the Pennines
Possibly one of the most difficult cycling routes through the Yorkshire Dales, you can rightfully call yourself the King (or Queen) of the Pennines if you complete this difficult and energy-sapping 54-mile route. Starting and finishing in Kettlewell, cyclists are faced with a number of steep hills as they make their way into the heart of the Dales, as well as some wonderful sights of the Swaledale valley. You can also take in areas such as Hawes and Wensleydale if you don’t fancy the challenge in one go!
More Information: http://www.cycle-route.com/routes/King_Of_The_Pennines-Cycle-Route-5821.html
- The Howgills
A challenging route for any cyclist – experienced or otherwise – this 14-mile loop starting and finishing in Sedbergh is a quiet part of the Yorkshire Dales stretching out as far north as signposts for Kendal, allowing riders to get out into the peaceful countryside for a highly enjoyable ride. Pass Holme Open Farm and along the main roads before arriving back in Sedbergh.
More Information: http://www.cyclethedales.org.uk/routes/family-rides/the-howgills/ctd-the_howgills.pdf
- Yorkshire Dales Cycleway
There aren’t many cycle routes in the Yorkshire Dales that are completely tarmac, but the Yorkshire Dales Cycleway is one of those rarities. Covering a total of 130 miles it’s not all easy rides along smooth roads, however, as you will still have to negotiate a number of steep inclines as you weave your way through the countryside. One of the most popular routes in the region, it takes in locations such as Skipton, Malham, Hawes, Kettlewell, Grassington and Bolton Abbey.
More Information: http://www.cyclethedales.org.uk/cycle-touring/yorkshire-dales-cycleway/route-information
- Way of the Roses
What’s the best way to see both Lancashire and Yorkshire on the same day? By bike of course, and that’s exactly what experienced and competent riders can do on the Way of the Roses. This route spans 170 miles from the west coast in Morecambe to the east coast in Bridlington, taking in the wonder of the Yorkshire Dales as you pass through. With steep inclines and plenty of easy-to-ride tarmac, this route is a genuine challenge for riders capable of covering such a significant distance.
More Information: http://wayoftheroses.info/route
- Malham Tarn Estate
Run by the National Trust, the Malham Tarn Estate is one of the most beautiful areas to walk or cycle through in the whole of the Yorkshire Dales – and that’s saying something! There is a relatively simple and family-friendly cycle route that stays pretty flat; or there is also a mountain bike route for those after more of a challenge. Either way, this beautiful circuit that gets right down to the water’s edge will enable you to get a real feel for the Yorkshire Dales.
More Information: http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/RoutesLinksCycle/malham-tarn-estate-walking-and-cycle-route
- Wensleydale Castles
Starting and finishing in Middleham, the Wensleydale Castles cycle route has something that will appeal to cyclists of all abilities. With steep inclines including one particularly steep finish, and plenty of rural countryside, the Wensleydale Castles circuit covers 29.5 miles of smooth tarmac with a number of rolling hills thrown in for good measure. Of course, the Castles are a particular highlight for those looking for picturesque and famous landmarks along the way.
More Information: http://www.pedalnorth.com/content/wensleydale-castles
You can certainly get your adrenaline fix in the Yorkshire Dales. Climbing is one of the most popular pastimes attracting both residents and passionate climbers from across the UK. Check out some of the best climbing areas here:
One of Yorkshire’s famous Three Peaks, Pen-y-Ghent presents a highly challenging trek for experienced walkers and climbers alike. Filled with obstacles including gates, gravel tracks and stiles you’ll have to be on the ball and prepared for the changing weather if you wish to take on this challenging, medium-difficulty mountain. The paths themselves are easy to follow and the route covers a distance of approximately 6.5-miles with some astonishing views from the top.
More Information: http://www.theaa.com/walks/the-ascent-of-pen-y-ghent-421264
- Gordale Scar
Gordale Scar is one of the most famous rock formations in the Yorkshire Dales, carved from the limestone over hundreds of years. Containing two waterfalls, the overhangs present challenges to experienced climbers while the Scar itself is enough to give you a good workout! Climb to the top and you’ll find some incredible views out over the Dales towards Malham and much further afield, but it’s best to take on this challenge on a clear, dry and sunny day to make sure that you get as good a grip on the rocks as possible.
More Information: http://allthegearbutnoidea.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/gordale-scar-malham-cove.html
- High Stoney Bank
With 64 different routes to the summit, High Stoney Bank certainly lives up to its name. One of the highest mountains in the Yorkshire Dales there are a variety of different limestone formations to challenge both new and experienced climbers. Located above Gordale Beck it offers some of the finest views of rural Yorkshire imaginable making the climb – whichever one you choose – well worth the effort.
More Information: https://www.thebmc.co.uk/modules/RAD/viewcrag.aspx?id=911
- Brimham Rocks
You’ll find plenty of spectacular views over the Yorkshire Dales from the summit of Brimham Rocks. Standing at almost 300 metres high, these strange rock formations have been attracting climbers for decades, desperate to test themselves against the unusual overhangs. With plenty of local wildlife and rolling moorland all around, Brimham Rocks is an experience to take in both from the top and bottom.
More Information: http://www.yorkshire.com/view/attractions/pateley-bridge/brimham-rocks-125144
- Malham Cove
Dubbed as the best sport climbing in the Pennines, Malham Cove presents an exciting opportunity for all climbing enthusiasts. With routes suitable for both beginners and experienced climbers, the central walls of steep and compact limestone are most suited to the experienced, while the left and right wings offer approaches to the summit that are less steep and less technical. There are a total of 331 different ways to climb Malham Cove, reaching the top for some of the most perfect views of the Yorkshire Dales.
More Information: http://www.ukclimbing.com/logbook/crag.php?id=610
- Giggleswick South
The short, sharp and challenging crags at Giggleswick South are hidden away by dense trees but beneath the leaves and branches are a series of difficult ascents to the top of a wonderful part of the Yorkshire Dales. It may not be the longest or most complex of climbs in the region, but that’s what makes it such a popular area for inexperienced climbers. There are a number of lower-grade sport climbs, while those in search of something more difficult will still be rewarded if they tackle one of the superb rock formations on the G-Spot section.
More Information: http://www.ukclimbing.com/logbook/crag.php?id=604
- Kilnsey Crag
With plenty of difficult overhangs and leaning walls, Kilnsey Crag is one of the most famous limestone cliffs in the UK and attracts hundreds of climbers each year. There are challenging sport climbs for the experienced along with plenty of equally-challenging more traditional routes to the top for those new to the sport. The climbs are not so much a test of strength, but physical fitness and stamina due to the sheer height of the cliffs.
More Information: http://www.rockfax.com/databases/results_crag.html?id=29
- Wild Boar Fell
Wild Boar Fell is often described as something of a hidden gem within the Yorkshire Dales, due mainly to the numerous natural wonders in the area that are inaccessible by road. For walkers and climbers who don’t mind putting in the hard miles over challenging terrain; Wild Boar Fell features a number of beautiful waterfalls and rock formations, along with stunning and tranquil scenery for miles around.
More Information: http://www.walkingenglishman.com/dales18.htm
- Whernside from Ribblehead
Whernside is the tallest mountain in Yorkshire, and for those looking to really test themselves – or just to take in the fabulous Dales – the best way to the top is to approach from Ribblehead. A classic ascent up the Three Peaks, this way is the most straightforward and enables you to take in views of the Ribblehead Viaduct and to make your way up the recently re-laid tracks. If you’re making your way up Whernside as part of the popular Three Peaks challenge then it can get particularly busy, but it really is a great route at any time of year.
More Information: http://where2walk.co.uk/yorkshire_dales/dales_summits_walks/whernside-from-ribblehead/
- Twistleton Main Crag
Another of the highly popular and highly challenging limestone crags in the Yorkshire Dales, Twistleton Main Crag will test even the most experienced of climbers. Offering a variety of different routes to the summit, this crag has a number of options for amateur climbers to take on. Having worked your way to the top and built up a sweat it’ll all be worth it when you stand at the top and look out across the wonderful Yorkshire Dales, with visibility for miles and miles on a clear day.
More Information: https://www.thecrag.com/climbing/united-kingdom/twistleton-scars/area/
Family camping holidays should be fun for everyone, presenting opportunities to get at one with nature. So if you’re thinking of visiting the Yorkshire Dales why not stop at one of these popular, family-friendly campsites?
- How Stean Gorge
How Stean Gorge is one of the most popular and family-friendly venues in the Yorkshire Dales. With space for 26 pitches it may not be the largest campsite in the region, but it certainly has plenty of appeal. Campers can easily walk into the Dales and surrounding towns or they can stay on-site and visit the café, shop and activity centre for plenty of entertainment and things to keep the kids occupied.
More Information: http://www.howstean.co.uk/camping/
Located close to the Forest of Bowland, Settle and Ingleton in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, Dalesbridge campsite is a family-friendly venue open all year round with room for over 100 tents and vehicles. It’s only a short walk into the blissful Dales but if you’re looking for things to do on-site then you can either book as a family or as a group on the well-drained fields. You also have the option of utilising the underfloor-heated toilet and shower units should the weather take a turn while you’re out exploring!
More Information: http://www.dalesbridge.co.uk/accommodation/camping.htm
- Riverside Meadows
The award-winning Riverside Meadows campsite has everything a camper could possibly n need for an enjoyable stay in the Dales – and then some. It doesn’t just have stunning views and space for plenty of tents without feeling packed in; it even offers a bar for residents along with games rooms to keep the kids occupied and hot running water to allow you to get a good wash in the morning or evening. If you simply can’t be disconnected from the outside world there is even Wi-Fi available.
More Information: http://www.flowerofmay.com/yorkshire-holiday-parks/riverside-meadows-holiday-park/campsite-yorkshire-dales/
- Masons Campsite
Voted as one of the top 100 campsites in the UK by the Guardian, Masons Campsite is one of the most picturesque sites in the North Yorkshire Dales. Situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty there is plenty to see and do both on-site and locally, with places of interest including the famous Bolton Abbey within a short walk. With local rivers and pubs there is plenty to explore nearby so even those not after a long walk or cycle through the region will still find plenty to go in search of.
More Information: http://www.masonscampsite.co.uk/camping-sites-north-yorkshire.html
- Wood Nook
Offering on-site showers and a playground for children, Wood Nook campsite is another family-friendly location close to the bustling market town of Skipton but just far enough into the Yorkshire countryside to provide plenty of peace and quiet to relax and be at one with nature. Nearby you have popular spots including Malham and Bolton Abbey, while the site itself offers free Wi-Fi, washing facilities and a well-stocked shop for all your essentials.
More Information: http://www.woodnook.net/campsite/
- Knight Stainforth Hall
Knight Stainforth Hall is open between March and October each year with space for between 75 and 100 tents. On-site facilities include as many as 75 electrical hook-up points, children’s playground and Wi-Fi for residents who just can’t switch off! There are also on-site toilets, showers and laundry facilities for residents to wash their walking or cycling gear after a day in the Dales. The site itself is located just off the A65 at Stainforth on the western edge of the Yorkshire Dales, meaning it’s best to head east in search of more of beautiful Yorkshire.
More Information: http://www.knightstainforth.co.uk/index.php/touring-camping/information.html
- Catgill Campsite
Described by The Sunday Times as a “delightful family run campsite”, Catgill campsite is family-friendly and located within a short distance of some of the most popular locations in the Yorkshire Dales. Great for cyclists, walkers and those just looking for somewhere peaceful to spend a few days, Catgill campsite is on the Chatsworth Estate and even features an on-site shop filled with camping essentials, just in case you run out!
More Information: http://www.catgillcampsite.co.uk/
- Usha Gap
The Swaledale valley is one of the most beautiful and tranquil parts of the Yorkshire Dales with rolling fields for miles around. Situated within the valley is the wonderful Usha Gap campsite, a family-run venue between the villages of Muker and Thwaite. The campsite itself is set on a working farm meaning that children will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the animals, while many of the key features that attract walkers and cyclists to the region are just a stone’s throw away.
More Information: http://www.ushagap.co.uk/
- Silloth House Campsite
Silloth House Campsite is a small, picturesque location in the Yorkshire Dales with plenty of space to entertain yourselves. With space for up to 8 tents this pet-friendly location even has an on-site stream to paddle or swim in, and its own shower, toilet and washing up facilities so that you can freshen up each day. Within a short walk or bike ride there are some of the most popular attractions in the Yorkshire Dales such as Ingleborough caves, Malham Tarn and the town of Skipton.
More Information: http://www.silloth-house.co.uk/amenities.shtml
- Kettlewell Camping
The famous Dales Way is just ten metres from Kettlewell campsite making it one of the most popular and perfectly situated sites in the Yorkshire Dales. A relatively new campsite, it even offers under-floor heating the in the toilet and shower blocks so that residents can warm up after a chilly night under the stars or if you may have been caught out by the elements. Skipton, Ilkley and Grassington are all just a walk or cycle away, while Kettlewell village is a quaint and rural venue with shop, pub and a playground for the kids.
More Information: http://www.kettlewellcamping.co.uk/about/
Family holidays are always difficult to get right, especially with so many different opinions and preferences. In the Yorkshire Dales, however, you’re certain to find something for everyone – even if it’s the first time you’ve given it a try. We’ve listed some of our favourite family activities here:
- Lightwater Valley
As far as family parks go, Lightwater Valley is right up there in terms of both size and variety of attractions. With everything from theme park rides to adventure golf and treetop adventures, children and parents alike can enjoy fun and thrills in the Yorkshire Dales. Set in 175 acres of wonderful Yorkshire countryside, Lightwater Valley even has a falconry centre with more than 35 glorious birds to admire and a café for a relaxing bite to eat.
More Information: https://www.lightwatervalley.co.uk/
- Bolton Abbey
Bolton Abbey, situated in the Wharfedale region of the Yorkshire Dales, has been attracting families for generations. From those looking to savour the history of the estate there are tours running at regular intervals, or you can sit in the wonderful surroundings for a picnic and a paddle down at the river. You can also experience the enchanted woodlands, play catch and light a barbecue for some alfresco family dining against such a wonderful backdrop.
More Information: http://boltonabbey.com/your-visit/families/
- The Forbidden Corner
Winner of the White Rose Award for best large attraction in 2015, The Forbidden Corner consists of a series of unique tunnels, chambers and surprises within Tupgill Park. With something to see at every turn it’s a real challenge for families to decide which way to go and, when you never quite know what lurks around the next corner or down the next path, it’s a unique way of experiencing some of the Yorkshire Dales’ natural beauty.
More Information: http://kilnseypark.co.uk/site/
- Aerial Extreme
Climb, swing and jump your way through the Yorkshire Dales for a different view of the area and to get the pulse racing. Aerial Extreme offers a range of family-friendly activities in the heart of the Dales for those looking to get away from the peace and quiet for a few hours at least. The high rope adventure courses present challenging obstacles at different heights – providing options for those who aren’t too keen on heights – with plenty of obstacles thrown in for good measure. Safety is obviously of paramount importance and briefings will be provided before you commence.
More Information: http://www.aerialextreme.co.uk/locations/north-yorkshire
- Mother Shipton’s Cave
You can’t go to the Yorkshire Dales without visiting England’s oldest visitor attraction. First opened way back in 1630, Mother Shipton’s Cave has become a mystical venue as a tribute to the Prophetess with her famous ability to predict the future. It features the Petrifying Well with more than 3,200 litres of water pouring over the sides every hour with millions having visited to learn more about Mother Shipton’s story and to experience the marvellous, natural beauty of the Royal Forest of Knaresborough.
More Information: http://www.mothershipton.co.uk/
- Stump Cross Caverns
The Stump Cross Caverns were first discovered by miners in 1860 and the location has since gone on to become a highly popular attraction for families and tourists in particular. The series of show caves are open to the public and the visitor’s centre features a series of exhibits and items removed from the caves that are now on display for all to see. The open areas of the caves go as far as 6km at present, with plans in place to expand this in the years to come.
More Information: http://stumpcrosscaverns.co.uk/about.php
- Hesketh Farm Park
A farm park is fun for all the family with plenty of working machines and, of course, animals to see. Group, individual and family visits are available and Hesketh Farm Park is just a mile away from Bolton Abbey and 5 miles from Skipton, making it easily accessible for any families staying in the most central and most popular parts of the Yorkshire Dales. Come and see the cattle, sheep, pigs and many more animals; along with touring the fields and barns to see how the farm works.
More Information: http://www.heskethfarmpark.co.uk/
- Thornton Hall Country Park
A traditional working farm located in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, Thornton Hall Country Park offers the chance to get up close and personal with farm animals and the chance to see how a real farm works on a daily basis. For adults and older children you can experience a 4x4 adventure or relax in the on-site tearoom, while the little ones enjoy getting close to sheep, pony trekking and Tractor Ted – new for 2016.
More Information: http://www.thorntonhallcountrypark.co.uk/farm-park
- Low Mill Outdoor Centre
Low Mill Outdoor Centre is a great way for the whole family to try something new and adventurous with all kinds of activities to have a go at. Opened in Wensleydale in 1976, Low Mill offers activities such as abseiling, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, mountain biking, raft building and much more for families with a love of the great outdoors.
More Information: http://www.lowmill.com/about.html
- Kilnsey Park Estate
Right in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales is the fabulous Kilnsey Park. Wharfedale is a beautiful area, and this estate is the ideal family-friendly way of enjoying everything the area has to offer. With plenty of activities to keep the children entertained ranging from fishing to pony trekking, and – of course – plenty for parents too including cycling, nature reserve and hill walking. After all that you can visit the café for their famous pink fish and chips.
More Information: http://kilnseypark.co.uk/site/
A lot of people find themselves scratching their heads and wondering what new activities they could try whether individually, as a couple or as a family. In the Yorkshire Dales there are plenty of things to try your hand at, and we’ve compiled a list of our favourites in our Try Something New guide.
- White Scar Cave
While you may have thought the Yorkshire Dales are beautiful from the outside, you should try seeing them from the inside! White Scar Cave is the longest cave tour in Britain, offering members of the public the opportunity to check out what lies beneath their feet which they may never have experienced before. White Scar Cave features a beautiful waterfall that gets louder as you walk from the cave entrance, suddenly appearing from around a corner. There are also beautiful formations to see and learn about, including The Witch’s Fingers and The Judge’s Head.
More Information: http://www.whitescarcave.co.uk/the-cave
- Ingleborough Cave
Having first welcomed visitors as long ago as 1837, Ingleborough Cave has become one of the most famous in the Yorkshire Dales – even appearing on national television on numerous occasions. There are regular guided tours of this fabulous show cave complete with concrete, floodlit paths and no steps making it accessible to all. If you’re already a fan of walking then you could approach from Clapham Village and follow the trail to make for a wonderful day out trying something new.
More Information: http://www.ingleboroughcave.co.uk/
- How Stean Gorge
If you’re feeling adventurous or perhaps you’ve always wanted to try something exhilarating then a visit to How Stean Gorge is a must for any lovers of the great outdoors. A venue packed full of activities for the whole family, this outdoor activity centre offers climbing, abseiling, canoeing, caving and much more all set within the fabulous surrounding Yorkshire Dales.
More Information: http://www.howstean.co.uk/outdoor-activity-centre/
- Go Fly Fishing UK
Fly fishing is one of the UK's most popular pastimes, but many people have still never given it a go – even those who have a keen interest in fishing and the great outdoors. At Go Fly Fishing UK in the Yorkshire Dales you can experience guided days and one-to-one lessons where you'll be catching various different types of fish on the fly. The River Wharfe and River Aire are the two most popular locations for fly fishing in the region, but the rivers are well stocked with some beautiful fish.
More Information: http://www.goflyfishinguk.com/fly-fishing-locations/yorkshire-dales/index.php
- Active Edge
The Yorkshire Dales offer some spectacular views from down at the edges of the rivers to the top of the numerous wonderful mountains. So why not see them from a completely different angle – from above. Active Edge offers the opportunity to go paragliding so that you can soar high above the Dales for several hours if the winds allow. With highly experienced and qualified instructors you’ll be in good hands, and you can try it out on your own or in a tandem flight.
More Information: http://www.activeedge.co.uk/
- Alfresco Adventures
Alfresco Adventures offers individuals, families, large groups and even businesses the opportunity to try out a number of outdoor pursuits and activities in the wonderful surroundings of the Yorkshire Dales. With activities suited to the most experienced and inexperienced of participants there are opportunities to get involved throughout the day, with activities including rock climbing and abseiling, canoeing, kayaking and raft building.
More Information: http://www.alfrescoadventures.co.uk/activities
- Craven Sailing Club
Sailing is both a peaceful and tranquil way of relaxing, and an opportunity to experience the Yorkshire Dales in a vastly different way. The beautiful waters on the various reservoirs will enable you to try out the sport for the very first time, or you could bring your experience to new surroundings. Craven Sailing Club offers participants the chance to get on board regardless of ability, and you can even try your hand at sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and kayaking.
More Information: http://www.cravensailingclub.org.uk/
- Rock Steady Adventure
Always wanted to try something a bit more adventurous and outside your comfort zone? Then a visit to Rock Steady Adventure in the Yorkshire Dales is a must. With a range of outdoor activities for individuals, families, groups and corporate teams, new and experienced participants can try their hand at gorge walking, caving and rock climbing to see the Dales in a completely different way! Great for anyone with a passion for the outdoors or looking for a new challenge.
More Information: http://rocksteadyadventure.co.uk/
- Bewerley Riding Centre
Always loved horses or the idea of going for a ride, but never given it a go? Perhaps your little one has been asking to try horse riding for months and months and you’re now willing to let them have a go? At Bewerley Riding Centre there are opportunities for new and experienced riders to climb on and learn how to ride in the safety of the high-quality stables and experienced tutors. Private and group lessons are available, as well as birthday parties if you’re in the Dales as part of a birthday treat.
More Information: http://www.bewerleyridingcentre.co.uk/
- Another World Adventure Centre
Located just outside Halifax, Another World Adventure Centre gives you the opportunity to try out extreme sports like snowboarding – only without the snow and cold weather! Mountain boarding is an increasingly popular activity, especially around the hills of the Yorkshire Dales, and you don’t need to jet off to the Alps to try it! Jump onto one of the four-wheeled boards and give it a try.
More Information: http://www.anotherworldadventurecentre.co.uk/activities/mountain-boarding