Wow! That’s the usual reaction from folk when they experience the Yorkshire Dales National Park and this site explores the things that create that magical feeling.

Here you can find the official blog for the Yorkshire Dales National Park, as well as everything that is happening right now via our packed events calendar.

Our blog takes a look at some of the issues and challenges the National Park and its communities face, as well as celebrating its cultural and historic environment, its traditions and its curiosities.  Posts are by National Park Authority officers and guest bloggers. We hope you enjoy reading them.


Bolton Castle – a home, a prison, a ruin

Mary Queen of Scots is the focus of a new film. But did you know about her connection to the Yorkshire Dales? She was briefly imprisoned at Bolton Castle. Read January’s Site of the Month on the 14th century Castle to find out more about the connection.

Let’s talk rushes!

On an extremely wet and wild day in Wensleydale I was invited to join a group of farmers to talk about rush management. As every keen and eager apprentice should, I snapped up the opportunity to don every conceivable form of waterproof clothing and learn all I could.

Could an apprenticeship be for you?

Hi! I’m Katy, I’m 26 years old, and growing up I was never sure what I wanted to do in life. Now, I work in the Communications Team for the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and have just achieved my Level 3 Digital Marketer Apprenticeship with Distinction.

Upcoming events

For a full listing of what’s going on in and around the National Park, see our events calendar.

A small selection of events happening soon are published here.

Got your own event to publicise? No problem, you can add it today by signing up (and it’s FREE!).

  • International Textile Exhibition – Through the Seasons

    The coldness of winter, the mildness of spring, the sun of summer or the shades of the fall. This ye...

    January 11 @ 10:30 am - February 27 @ 4:00 pm
  • A Spot on The Wall

    Our popular open art exhibition returns Saturday 19th January through to Wednesday 20th February 20...

    January 19 - February 20
  • Launch of UWALS’s Presenting The Past Project

    Presenting The Past is a Heritage Lottery funded project around an archive of early photos of Upper ...

    January 26 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Dark Skies – telescope making, arts and crafts

    Dark Skies – telescope making, arts and crafts Drop in to the Dales Countryside museum and our Vis...

    January 28 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Stick Making Classes

    n this workshop you will use traditional tools such as files, sandpaper and stickpress and learn how...

    January 31
    |Recurring Events (See all)

    An event every month that begins at 12:00am on day 31 of the month, repeating indefinitely

  • Exhibition: Aftermath: Living through the peace

    Friday 1 February to Monday 27 May (entrance included in your museum admission) How did soldiers ret...

    February 1 @ 10:00 am - May 27 @ 5:00 pm
  • Symbio

    Swedish duo Symbio consists of Johannes Geworkian-Hellman (hurdy-gurdy) and Larsemil Öjeberget (acc...

    February 1 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
  • Willow Dragonfly Workshop with Anna & the Willow

    Come along to a willow dragonfly workshop with Anna & The Willow (creator of The Horse and The H...

    February 2 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
  • The Turning Point

    Journey from the temples of Thailand across Asia and Europe. Storyteller Sita Brand, spent her 30...

    February 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Lantern Making Workshop

    Come and create a wonderful lantern for the Dark Skies Festival! Using traditional willow and paper,...

    February 3 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

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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.