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.


Go Wild

Looking for some wild summer activities? Well here in the Yorkshire Dales we have them all through the summer holidays! Go Wild! Activity Days are a family drop-in in the summer holidays for 5 to 12 year olds. There will be lots of different, exciting activities to get families closer to nature and learning ‘crafty’ …

Is Horton the 4th most popular place to start a hike in Britain? I’m not so sure.

It’s the traditional start of the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge route and yes it gets very busy in the peak season, but is Horton-in-Ribblesdale really the fourth most popular place to start a walk in Britain? As reported by the BBC this week, data from users of the Ordnance Survey app suggests just that. Using …

Big Bridge, Little Bridge

Dent Head Viaduct is February’s Site of the Month. This is one of 20 viaducts on the Settle to Carlisle railway line. It forms a very striking feature at the head of Dentdale.

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.

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  • 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
  • Much More Than Meets The Eye!

    Dover Gallery hosts an exhibition by James Owen Thomas, young artist who creates his art from things...

    March 1 @ 10:30 am - April 28 @ 4:00 pm
  • ‘Changes’ Exhibition

    ‘Changes’ at The Old Courthouse, Shap, Penrith   1st – 31st March An exhibition...

    March 8 @ 12:00 am - March 31 @ 12:00 am
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    An event every day that begins at 12:00am, repeating indefinitely

  • Forgotten Landscapes, Hidden Secrets – Andrew Burns Colwill

    As an artist, ‘Cumbria’ offers me an absolute wealth of subject matter and I have chosen...

    March 11 @ 10:30 am - May 6 @ 4:00 pm
  • Lambing live experience

    Unique farm stay. Experience spring like never before with a 4 night break at our luxury cottage, co...

    March 18 - March 29
  • Victoria Bellas Carter & Suzanne Jewellery

    Suzanne and Victoria’s spring exhibition has become an annual event at The Station. Their love of ...

    March 23 - September 1
  • Open Studios 2019

    The printmaker Michael Atkin will be opening his two workshops to visitors. Workshop one houses thre...

    March 24 - March 26
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    An event every day that begins at 12:00am, repeating until 24-03-2019

  • Birds of the Yorkshire Dales National Park

    Ian Court, Wildlife Officer for the Yorkshire Dales National Park, will give an illustrated talk on ...

    March 27
  • Upper Dales Family History Group

    Val Slater – The Walls clan of Coverdale – from The Foresters’ Arms to The Somme.  Val u...

    March 27 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 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.