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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.

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Excavation of sow (lime) kiln at Pendragon Castle

Dr David Johnson, along with archaeologists from YDNPA, have recently led an excavation at a suspected sow kiln at Pendragon Castle. Fourteen volunteers took part over the first two weeks of September. The excavation was an exciting start to the Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership’s Monuments at Risk project.

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. Hostile Environment: The British in Russia 1918-1919

    Friday 28 June to Saturday 21 December (entrance included in your museum admission) Instead of retur...

    June 28 @ 8:00 am - December 21 @ 5:00 pm
  • World Wide Whispers

    ‘World Wide Whispers’ was started following a conversation between Ann Hill and four other inter...

    August 31 @ 10:30 am - October 27 @ 5:00 pm
  • A Brush with Cumbria – Stuart Gray

    Having spent many years working in sketchbooks, Stuart Gray began to produce paintings emulating the...

    September 11 @ 10:30 am - October 30 @ 5:00 pm
  • Felling and Processing Trees Over 380mm 21-11 (formally C232)

    Prior to coming on this course you must have the Award in Ground Based Chainsaw Operation 20-03 &am...

    13-09-2019 @ 9:00 am - 27-03-2020 @ 5:00 pm
  • Life in Our Hands

    Award-winning, international artist Shanthamani Muddaiah celebrates untold stories from the rural Yo...

    24-09-2019 @ 11:00 am - 27-02-2020 @ 4:00 pm
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Exhibition of upcycled art and craft work at The Old Courthouse, Shap CA10 3NL Opening times vary ch...

    October 5 @ 10:00 am - October 26 @ 2:00 pm
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    An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Monday and Saturday, repeating until 26-10-2019

  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Exhibition of upcycled art and craft work at The Old Courthouse, Shap CA10 3NL Opening times vary &#...

    October 6 @ 2:00 pm - October 27 @ 5:00 pm
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    An event every week that begins at 2:00pm on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, repeating indefinitely

  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Exhibition of upcycled art and craft work at The Old Courthouse, Shap CA10 3NL Opening times vary ch...

    October 7 @ 10:00 am - October 28 @ 2:00 pm
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    An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Monday and Saturday, repeating until 26-10-2019

  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Exhibition of upcycled art and craft work at The Old Courthouse, Shap CA10 3NL Opening times vary ch...

    October 12 @ 10:00 am - November 2 @ 2:00 pm
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    An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Monday and Saturday, repeating until 26-10-2019

  • Three Peaks Arts Trail

    Three Peaks Arts was founded in 2018 and is an artist-led group working to support artists within th...

    October 12 @ 10:00 am - October 20 @ 5:00 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.