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Things to do in Yorkshire Dales National Park

A wonderful area of undulating Pennine hills and their valleys carved out by the many rivers flowing off these uplands towards the sea. A perfect area for walkers, climbers and cavers to explore above and below ground, with many picturesque towns and villages for visitors of all interests and ages.

Are you looking for things to do in the Yorkshire Dales? We've got plenty of great ideas for you and places to go in your leisure time.



White Scar Cave

The longest show caves in England. For those seeking a break from the heat we offer a naturally cool cave at a refreshing 8 degree.


Malham Cove

Stunning natural limestone ampitheatre formed by glacial meltwater which once flowed over this 260 foot high and 1000 foot wide waterfall.
near Skipton
North Yorkshire
BD23 4DJ


Upper Wharfedale FREE

National Trust - Area of classic Yorkshire Dales countryside.
near Buckden
BD23 5JP


Malham Tarn Estate FREE

National Trust - A popular Dales beauty spot set amid rolling hills and rugged moorland.
BD24 9PT


Gordale Scar

Impressive limestone ravine cut by glacial meltwater and now with overhanging cliffs over 300 foot high.
near Malham
North Yorkshire
BD23 4DL


Janet's Foss

Idyllic waterfall where Gordale Beck tumbles over a craggy limestone outcrop.
near Malham
North Yorkshire
BD23 4DG


  Children's Activities

Settle Play Barn

Soft play centre where children's play is safe and fun.
The Sidings
Unit 2B
BD24 9RP




Brae Pasture Nature Reserve FREE

Visit Brae Pasture Nature Reserve for breathtaking views across the Ribble Valley.
Off the B6479, North of Horton-in-Ribbledale
North Yorkshire
BD24 0HU


Globe Flower Wood Nature Reserve FREE

Situated towards the edge of the Malham Tarn basin, Globe Flower Wood in late spring is a bright spot.
Henside Road
North Yorkshire
BD24 9PR


Southerscales Nature Reserve FREE

Perched high on the side of Ingleborough this impressive nature reserve has large areas of prime limestone pavement.
Off the B6255 Ingleton to Hawes Road
Chapel Le Dale
North Yorkshire


Semer Water Nature Reserve FREE

From the air Semer Water resembles a pearl lying in the heart of Raydale. Ducks and waders wheel over the nature reserve.
Low Blean Farm
North Yorkshire


Grass Wood Nature Reserve FREE

At 78 ha, Grass Wood is one of the largest areas of broadleaved woodland in the Dales. It is a wildlife-rich ash woodland.
Grass Wood Lane
North Yorkshire
BD23 5NE


Yellands Meadow Nature Reserve FREE

A traditionally managed hay meadow set amid steep hills in the beautiful limestone landscape of Swaledale in the Yorkshire Dales.
Guning Lane
North Yorkshire
DL11 6QJ


South House Pavement Nature Reserve FREE

A narrow strip of limestone pavement in good condition, over half a mile long and 50m wide.
Off B6479, Horton to Selside Road
North Yorkshire
BD24 0HU


  Leisure centres

Ingleton Open Air Heated Swimming Pool

In it's riverside setting, Ingleton's open-air 20m heated (to around 80F) swimming pool is an idyllic place to swim.
North Yorkshire


Recommended by Natasha Wilson, Yorkshire


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