Wow! That’s the usual reaction from folks when they experience the Yorkshire Dales National Park and this blog explores the things that create that magical feeling. It also takes a look at some of the issues and challenges the National Park and its communities face.


This is the official blog for the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Posts are by National Park Authority officers and guest bloggers. We hope you enjoy reading them.


Upcoming events

This is a small selection of events happening soon. For more events (and there is always something coming up) see our events calendar.

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  • One Image. A Thousand Words.

    This collection of images explores the well-known phrase, ‘A picture is worth a thousand words...

    January 13 - January 24
  • Beside The Meadow

    A colourful celebration discovering wildlife in the Dales, created in a collection of atmospheric wa...

    January 13 - February 7
  • Bear and Butterfly

    Top class Children’s theatre comes to Wensleydale! Thurs Jan 18th at 4.00pm in The Old School ...

    January 18 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Coffee morning

    An informal drop-in for coffee and cake in the schoolroom at the back of the chapel. Disabled access...

    January 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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    An event every month that begins at 10:00am on day Third of the month, repeating until 17-11-2018

  • Victorian Skipton – free guided walk

    A free guided walk around Skipton to discover the mills, churches, pubs and transport so essential t...

    January 20 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Dales Rails – illustrated talk

    Presentation by David Joy, noted author and honorary member of Friends of the Dales on his new book...

    January 20 @ 2:15 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Winnie the Pooh Day

    Can you catch a heffalump? Where is Eeyore’s tail? Celebrate national Winnie the Pooh day with...

    January 20 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Fundraiser for St. Barts Church, Barbon, near Kirkby Lonsdale


    January 20 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Comedy with ‘Silky’ White

    Paul ‘Silky’ White is a legendary comedian and musician from Liverpool. Since 1994 he has avoide...

    January 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Table-top Wargames Weekend

    All weekend, 27/28th Jan – The Wheatsheaf will be hosting a table top wargames event with various ...

    January 27 - January 28

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About the Yorkshire Dales National Park

The Yorkshire Dales has many moods; it can be wild and windswept or quietly tranquil.

It includes some of the finest limestone scenery in the UK, from crags and pavements to an underground labyrinth of caves. Each valley or ‘dale’ has its own distinct character, set against expansive heather moorland tops.

Stone-built villages sit amongst traditional farming landscapes of field barns, drystone walls and flower-rich hay meadows, and show how the area has been shaped over thousands of years by the people who have lived and worked here.

Spectacular waterfalls and ancient broadleaved woodland contrast with the scattered remains of former mine workings and other rural industries which remind us of the area’s rich industrial heritage.

Together, nature and people have created a special landscape of immense beauty and character.