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The Yorkshire Dales

1. Skipton Castle

Skipton Castle was founded in 1090 by Norman Baron Robert de Romille, who built a primitive fort with timber ramparts to stop marauding Scots during their frequent raids into the north of England. The stone castle seen today was begun in the 1300's and is one of the most complete and well preserved medieval castles in England. Fully roofed and with an enchanting Tudor courtyard and Yew tree, the castle provides an intimate insight into the lives of it's inhabitants.

2. The Settle to Carlisle Railway

The 72 mile Settle to Carlisle Railway takes you on a journey through the magnificent Yorkshire Dales, over the 24 arches of the Ribblehead Viaduct before plunging in to the longest tunnel on the line at Blea Moor. Emerging onto the side of Dentdale, the line leaves the Dales at Garsdale and makes it way through the gentle, lush rolling hills of the Eden Valley, with rural villages and market towns before arriving at the great border city of Carlisle.

3. Bolton Abbey

Bolton Abbey is in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales on the banks of the River Wharfe. With 30,000 acres of countryside, 80 miles of footpaths and ample space to run around and enjoy the fresh air, there is something for all ages. Explore the ruins of the Priory and discover a landscape of history and legend. Wander along the riverside, wood and moorland paths, enjoy local produce in the restaurants, tea rooms and cafes, treat yourself in the gift and food shops or simply relax beside the river.

4. Malham

Malham is a charming Pennine village located at the southern base of the Yorkshire Dales. It's pretty place, with a stream running through the centre. The surrounding high moorland landscape has dramatic limestone features, stunning scenery of rolling hills, cliffs and 'limestone pavements' and England's highest freshwater lake - Malham Tarn. Malham served as the inspiration for 'The Water Babies' by Charles Kingsley, and there is an important wetlands nature reserve.

5. White Scar Caves

A guided tour of the spectaular White Scar Caves takes approximately eighty minutes and covers about a mile. Paths and lighting have been installed throughout the route, and the principal features of interest are floodlit. For much of the way, the path is made of open steel flooring, which enables visitors to see the underground stream flowing beneath their feet. A pullover is recommended.

6. The Three Peaks Walk

The Yorkshire Three Peaks Walk is a very demanding but rewarding walk, which takes in the summits of Pen-y-ghent (694 metres - 2,276 feet), Whernside (736 metres - 2,415 feet) and Ingleborough (723 metres  2,372 feet) all in one circular route. There is no set starting point, but the vast majority of walkers start at Horton-in-Ribblesdale. Use OS Landranger Map 98.

7. Dent Village and Heritage Centre

When you think of Yorkshire you might think of tea rooms, pubs and real ale, cobbled streets and stone cottages, which is exactly what you'll get here. Sample some of Britain's best real ale at the Dent local brewery. There are plenty of arts and craft shops, and Dent makes the perfect walking base for this part of the Yorkshire Dales. The 'Terrible Knitters of Dent' knitted everywhere and anywhere and had a peculiar method of knitting which became well known.

8. Aysgarth Falls

Aysgarth Falls is a spectacular stretch of water in Lower Wensleydale, best known for its triple flight of waterfalls carved out by the River Ure where the river dramatically drops 30 metres. Signposted walks wind their way through the wooded gorge which in spring is carpeted with wood anemones, bluebells and primroses. A National Park Centre provides services including an accommodation booking service, maps, books, souvenirs and information.

9. Theakston Brewery Tours, Masham

Visit Masham to witness the creation of Theakston ales first hand and experience the flavours and aromas of malted barley, hops and yeast for yourself. With a trained guide, you’ll be able to follow the entire brewing process, from blending the ingredients through to filling the casks, to the craft of the cooper as straight pieces of oak are formed into curved staves to create a sublime vessel that holds a precise measure of beer.

10. Richmond Castle

Sited on a rocky promontory above the River Swale, Richmond Castle is among the oldest Norman stone fortresses in Britain. Conscientious objectors were imprisoned in the keep during WWI and their story is told in an interactive display exploring Richmond’s history in the Cockpit Garden. Created to reflect the castle’s history, this haven of topiary, grasses and borders has superb vistas over the river. Facilities include toilets, a cafe and picnic area and a shop selling books and and plants.
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