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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.




 

  Attractions

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.
Ingleton
Carnforth
LA6 3AW

 

Malham Cove

Stunning natural limestone ampitheatre formed by glacial meltwater which once flowed over this 260 foot high and 1000 foot wide waterfall.
Malham
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.
Waterhouses
Settle
BD24 9PT

 

Gordale Scar

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

 

Janet's Foss

Idyllic waterfall where Gordale Beck tumbles over a craggy limestone outcrop.
near Malham
Skipton
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
Settle
BD24 9RP

01729824413

 
 

  Parks

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
Settle
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
Settle
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
LA6 3AR

 

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
Bainbridge
North Yorkshire
DL8 3DJ

 

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
Grassington
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
Muker
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
Settle
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.
Ingleton
North Yorkshire
LA6 3AN

01524241147

Recommended by Natasha Wilson, Yorkshire

 

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