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.


Mud pies for grown ups!

This spring, I was tasked with some soil sampling to support a farmer’s agri-environment scheme. As support officer for the Farm Conservation team, this is a straightforward but enjoyable task that allows me to practise the skills I need to progress in my job – talking to farmers, map reading, species and habitat identification, and …

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!).

  • The roadside wildflower exhibition

    Inspired by the work of Judy Dunford, our latest exhibition – The roadside wildflower – ...

    July 3 - August 29
  • E.M. Lafuente – Landscapes of the Mind

      Elisa paintings are inspired by the landscapes of northern England, while mixing Mediterranea...

    July 4 @ 10:30 am - August 28 @ 5:00 pm

    Special Summer event being held at the Rivers Edge Holiday Home & Lodge Park, Ingleton, LA6 3HR ...

    July 16 @ 9:00 am - August 31 @ 7:00 pm
  • Ann C. Haslam – Beyond 4 Walls

    17 July – 4 September Ann is developing new concepts using natural and manufactured materials ...

    July 17 @ 10:30 am - September 4 @ 5:00 pm
  • A Spot on The Wall

    Our popular open art exhibition returns in the summer 2018. Spot on the wall showcases an ever-chang...

    July 21 - September 5
  • Spot on the Wall

    Our popular open art exhibition returns for another year. Visitors will enjoy an ever-changing displ...

    July 21 - September 5
  • Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival

    Celebrated annual display of scarecrows around the village, with themed trail.

    August 11 - August 19
  • Real Family Holidays

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

    August 13 @ 8:00 am - September 7 @ 5:00 pm
  • Wild Weekends at Kilnsey Park Estate

    Have fun in the fresh air with family bushcraft activities including den building, fire lighting and...

    August 18 - August 19
    |Recurring Events (See all)

    An event every week that begins at 12:00am on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until 27-08-2018

  • Art Exhibition

    Exhibition of work by two young artists, Jodie Bracken and Kayleigh Richardson who take inspiration ...

    August 18 @ 12:00 am - September 2 @ 12:00 am

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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.