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.


‘Much More Than Meets The Eye’ – James’ Art Exhibition is a Scratch Card Winner

My name is James Owen Thomas and I am 16 years old. ‘Much More Than Meets The Eye’ is my exhibition and this is my story. You’ve got to be strong to be different and the way I keep myself strong is through my collage art. Four years ago a discarded scratch card floating in a …

The Old Working Smithy

Gunnerside Smithy can be dated to the late eighteenth or early nineteenth century. The smithy is still operational and run by the same family. There is now a small museum on the site which exhibits wide-raging artefacts that were made over the centuries in the smithy.

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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  • Deep in the Wood – Geoff Rushton Sculpture

    Geoff Rushton’s sculptures are made primarily from materials come from the fields around his home;...

    March 1 @ 10:30 am - April 29 @ 4:30 pm
  • Wensleydale Tournament of Music and Speech

    The 2018 Tournament will be held at the Methodist Church School Rooms in Leyburn from W/C March 12t...

    March 12 @ 9:30 am - March 23 @ 9:30 pm
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  • A Yorkshire View

    An exhibition of paintings and drawings inspired by the Yorkshire Dales.Lynn Ward is based in Wensle...

    March 17 - March 28
  • Sgeir – Atmospheric Scotland

    In the Howgill Gallery two local artists, based in the North of England, will be showing their pain...

    March 20 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
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    An event every day that begins at 10:30am, repeating until 08-04-2018

  • Textiles from Down Under – Jimmy Aitkinhead

    A long-time artist and respected teacher at the Queensland University of Technology in his younger y...

    March 20 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
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    An event every day that begins at 10:30am, repeating until 27-03-2018

  • Tannara

    Tannara (nominated for ‘Up and Coming Act of the Year’ at the Scots Trad Awards in 2016) play co...

    March 23 @ 8:00 pm
  • Sedbergh Spring Show

    Annual Spring Show

    March 24
  • Road Cycling Challenge Ride: Lancashire and Wharfedale Cocktail

    A 76 mile route taking riders from Ilkley to Colne, looping back via Airton near Malham and then ont...

    March 24 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Easter Egg Hunt

    Come and take part in our Easter Egg Hunt. The hunt will take place from the 24th March – 2nd ...

    March 24 @ 9:00 am - March 31 @ 4:00 pm
  • Steerdeer Bicycle Taxidermy

    A collection of faux hunting trophies created from bicycle components and found objects. Growing up ...

    March 24 @ 9:00 am - April 4 @ 9:00 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.