The Yorkshire Dales created in 1954 and now one of the fifteen National parks of Britain and is an upland area of Northern England dissected by numerous valleys.
The characteristic scenery of the Dales is green upland pastures separated by dry-stone walls and grazed by sheep and cattle. The dales themselves are 'U' and 'V' shaped valleys, which were enlarged and shaped by glaciers, mainly in the most recent Devensian ice age.
Because of the limestone that runs throughout the Dales, there are extensive cave systems present across the area, making it one of the major areas for caving in the UK. Some of these are open to the public for cave tours.
Things to do
The Yorkshire Dales National Park is a landscape which is as diverse as it is beautiful and its yours to explore. As well as market towns and picturesque villages there are miles of countryside to wander through.
Ribblesdale features Yorkshires famous Three Peaks, Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent offering challenging walks and amazing views.
There are lots to see and do from spotting red squirrels in Snaizeholme and walking along the unique limestone pavement at the top of the 80 metre high Malham Cove to learning about the generations of people who made the Dales home at the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes.