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.


Remarkable 17th century Swaledale farmstead gets Grade II* listing

In the years I have worked as a Building Conservation Officer for the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, I have had the privilege to be involved with some fascinating and remarkable sites. One such site, which encapsulates centuries of history and tradition in Swaledale like no other, is a farmstead known as Low Whita, near …

Open for business! But check for path closures

Arkengarthdale and Swaledale are very much open for business after the floods a week ago today.   Great walking, cycling and hospitality experiences await, but it is worth taking a moment to work out ways round the 23 temporary path closures that the floods have caused.  

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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  • 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
  • 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
  • Roots – Green Door Artists

    Popular South Lakes art collective Green Door will be exhibiting a selection of work from its member...

    July 10 - August 28
  • ‘Roots’ by Green Door at Farfield Mill

    Popular South Lakes art collective Green Door will be exhibiting a selection of work from its member...

    July 18 @ 10:30 am - August 28 @ 5:00 pm
  • AC Telfer – Painting Exhibition

    An exhibition by Aly who is returning to the Mill after a previous residency in 2018. “I am an...

    July 24 @ 10:30 am - September 12 @ 5:00 pm
  • UK Coloured Pencil Society Exhibition

    The very best in coloured pencil art from UK and international artists, covering many different genr...

    August 3 - September 4
  • Steam over Shap

    Exhibitions  and events at Shap in Cumbria, CA10 3NL to mark the 175th anniversary of the commencem...

    August 10 @ 10:00 am - September 1 @ 5:00 pm
  • Real Family Holidays

    Real Family Holidays offer you the chance to escape the pressures of modern life and get outdoors wi...

    August 12 - August 26
  • Conference of the Birds

    Are you constantly playing catch up with yourself? Do you crave time in the wild to gather your thou...

    August 21 @ 8:00 am - August 26 @ 5:00 pm
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    An event every day that begins at 8:00am, repeating until 26-08-2019

  • Forged Blacksmith Bushcraft Knife

    On this course you can spend two days learning to forge a traditional blacksmith bushcraft knife. It...

    August 23
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    An event every week that begins at 12:00am on Friday, repeating indefinitely

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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.