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The Dales

Bolton Abbey and Fountains Abbey are set in beautiful countryside amongst which you’ll see the monastic 12th century ruins.

Malham’s towering cliff with a steep footpath leading to Gordale Scar, a limestone ravine with waterfalls.

The Forbidden Corner near Leyburn, a labyrinth of tunnels, chambers and follies to delight any family.

Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club.

Walking, cycling and rambling till your heart’s content.

Burnsall Village with a five-arched bridge across the river Wharfe.

Climbing, bouldering and caving for the more adventurous.

Welcoming public houses and cosy cafes in the Dales villages.

‘God’s own County’ encompasses thousands of square miles of moors, valleys, hills and villages. It is home to great Castles, Abbeys and a breathtakingly peaceful atmosphere. Each of the Yorkshire Dales has a different character, the Southern Dales are less remote yet still wildly beautiful whilst the Northern Dales provide wild heather moorland and valleys full of hay meadows, dry stone walls and barns.

In the West, the pretty villages & small towns each have their own charm.

The unspoiled natural beauty remains one of England’s crown jewels and the stunning scenery has served as inspiration for poets and artists of the 19th Century including William Wordsworth and J.M.W. Turner.

Television has embraced The Dales to film All Creatures Great and Small, Heartbeat, Calendar Girls, Emmerdale and Harry Potter to name but a few.

Images courtesy of Robin Hudson

Skipton prides itself on being referred to as ‘The Gateway to the Dales’ and is a traditional and bustling market town serving a large rural area and is close to the National Park yet only a 40 minute train journey to Leeds centre. It is in the Aire gap separating the Craven Limestone Dales to the North and the pastoral Ribble Valley to the West. With its famous 900 year old castle and historic cobbled High Street Skipton is endlessly rich in both history and natural beauty.

Many of the Dales villages are within easy reach of Skipton with Grassington fondly being known to locals as ‘The Capital of the Dales’ just a 20 drive away and the lovely upper Wharfedale villages & hamlets of Kettlewell, Arncliffe, Hawkswick, Coniston and Kilnsey all being within reach.

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