5 Places to visit in the Yorkshire Dales

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Here on Travel Ideaz we’ve written posts on a vast array of destinations all around the world. Sometimes though you don’t have to travel to another continent to experience some amazing things and see some wonderful sights, often times they can be found right on your doorstep. I’ve lived in many places but for the past five years I’ve been living right on the cusp of the Yorkshire Dales and have developed quite a love for the area, you could even call it an obsession. So for a change I thought it might be nice to mention a few of the best places to visit in the Yorkshire Dales in case you happen to find yourself in the area for a few weeks or even just a few days.

Skipton

Known as the ‘Gateway to the Dales’ Skipton is a lovely bustling market town with plenty of shops, cafés, bars and tourist attractions to enjoy. If you’re a lover of fine ales and continental beer then be sure to root out The Narrow Boat pub to enjoy a nice glass of Erdinger or Kwak and perhaps you can even sample the food too. Speaking of Narrow Boats, if you head down to the canal front just around the corner from The Narrow Boat pub then – for the price of just £4 per person (at the time of writing) – you can enjoy a 30 minute boat ride on the canal which takes you around Skipton Castle and gives you a unique view of this wonderful town.

Malham

malham-coveMalham is a quaint little Craven village which is a top destination for walkers both nationally and internationally. You may have heard of the 80 metre (260 foot) high limestone cliff face known as Malham Cove, with the famous stone steps? What about Malham Tarn, Janet’s Foss (waterfall) or Gordale Scar though? Throw in a great farm shop and an amazing village pub and Malham surely makes for a wonderful day or weekend out.

Bolton Abbey

This National Trust site sits in 30,000 acres of fabulous countryside and on the banks of the River Wharfe which runs through the grounds itself. The river has a kind of mini beach where the kids can play and sheep and other animals roam free within the grounds, which again is great for the kids. Not far from Bolton Abbey and Skipton is the Billy Bob’s Yorkshire dales ice cream farm which is an American style diner serving pancakes, waffles, ice bolton-abbeycream and much more and again it has a wonderful play area with large wooden boats and trains for the kids to play on allowing parents to relax in the wooden swing tables and chairs.

Kirkby Lonsdale

The historic market town of Kirkby Lonsdale lies in the Lune Valley, just between the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District. Kirkby Lonsdale boasts an array of speciality and novelty shops as well as many attractive seventeenth and eighteenth century buildings. The town also regularly plays host to a bikers meet up, where bikers gather at the well-known ‘Devil’s Bridge’ and show off their bikes. In the past you could also jump off the bridge if you felt brave enough, though I’m not sure if it’s still allowed. Nearby we have the much visited villages of Ingleton and Settle which are well worth a visit. There are also some fantastic campsites in the area which offer the option of glamping in camping cabins too.

Grassington / Linton Falls

GrassingtonGrassington may be last on our list of places to visit in the Yorkshire Dales but it is by no means least. Actually Grassington is considered by many to be the main tourist destination in Upper Wharfedale. Its small cobbled square contains a selection of shops, pubs and a museum telling the history of the village. If you like walking and nature then the surrounding fells and caves are well worth exploring.

Grassington hosts several festivals throughout the year including the Grassington Festival – a two-week annual event focussed on music, performance and visual arts – which is spread around a variety of venues across the village. In September, Grassington hosts a 1940’s weekend with war re-enactments, dances and vehicles on display from the period.

Just outside of Grassington lies the village of Linton and the beautiful – yet powerful – spectacle of Linton falls.

There are many more!

So there we have it, just 5 enjoyable and sometimes spectacular places to visit in the Yorkshire Dales. I know there will be many more places that Dales enthusiasts will feel should have made the cut but I’m sure we will include more in further posts. Until then, I hope this lists gives a few great destination ideas for newbie visitors looking to book a getaway in the Yorkshire Dales.

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