There are few areas of the UK that offer such outstanding natural beauty as the Yorkshire Dales. This is actually an area that is a collection of river valleys and hills that sits west of the Vale of York in the north of England. Every valley is different from the next, and ranges from from the rugged beauty and grandeur that is Arkengarthdale to the unspoilt woodlands and rolling hills of Swaledale.
Due to its world famous cheese that is produced in the creamery at Hawes, Wensleydale is one of the best known areas in the Yorkshire Dales. You can take a tour around the factory and sample some of the great cheeses that are made on the site. These also make a perfect gift to take home to family and friends.
Nearby Middleham Castle is a lovely place to take the family for a picnic and dogs are also welcome. Rumour has it that the castle was a childhood home of Richard III. Haworth village is a big tourist attraction due to its association with the famous Bronte sisters who lived here.
Haworth Moor is said to have inspired Emily Bronte to write her classic novel Wuthering Heights and the town’s station was used in the famous film ‘The Railway Children’ and vintage steam trains run through the village all year round. If you don’t mind lots of tourists then Wensleydale and Haworth are the most popular whereas Arkengarthdale and Swaledale, while still stunning, tend to be a lot quieter.
Tiny villages in Swaledale, such as Gunnerside or Thwaite, are home to some charming tea shops where you can enjoy a drink and a delicious home made scone. If you are going to be in the area at the same time as touring shows are passing through the villages be sure to book early as these are huge attractions and tickets sell out very quickly.