The Yorkshire Dales National Park straddles 1761 square km (680 sq. miles) of historic countryside and hosts the much-loved 39.44 km (24.5 mile) Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. Brimming with things to do and places to explore, the Yorkshire Dales has many individual attractions such as brewery visits, artisan crafts and cheese tasting as well as abundant and exciting cycling and hiking trails.

The Dales landscapes are formed from a puzzle of 'V' and 'U' shaped valleys which were shaped from glacial erosion millions of years ago. Together these valleys make up the beautiful rolling scenery of the Dales as well as the intricate cave systems which can be explored beneath the surface.

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5 epic walks

Explore the Howgill Fells with #GetOutside Champion James Forrest

Bike exploring: Electric Mountain Bike Adventure

As part of #BigBikeRevival and #BikeWeek2018, Helen Pollard takes us on an electric mountain bike route from Castle Bolton to Askrigg.

The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge

One of David Wilson's favourite challenges is walking The Yorkshire Three Peaks. He shares the basics with us of what you can expect on this epic 25 mile walk taking in the summits of Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside.

Malham Cove & Gordale Scar

OS GetOutside Champion, Scott McAlister, explores Malham Cove and Gordale Scar in the Yorkshire Dales, voted in at number 3 on ITV's Britain's favourite 100 walks.

Bike exploring: Help for Heroes

OS GetOutside Champion, Helen Pollard, takes us on a great Mountain Bike (MTB) route used as part of the delivery of MTB leadership training to Phoenix House staff in collaboration with Cycling UK.

Tourist trail at Ingleton Waterfalls

The Yorkshire Dales are awash with rolling hills and beautiful walking routes, so many that you could live there for years and still not discover them all. But if you have time for just one walk when you are in the area, you would do well to head to the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail, a well maintained and trodden route taking walkers four to five miles around five sets of waterfalls from the picturesque village of Ingleton.

Hidden delights of the Dales Way

Emily Thompson describes the hidden delights of the Dales Way.

Magical Malham walk

It’s busy in the summer but busy for a reason. This short walk packs a lot in; take in part of the Pennine Way National Trail, cross the stunning limestone pavement of Malham Cove, marvel at the enormity of Gordale Scar and get whisked away by the magical Janet’s Foss.

Towns and Villages to visit in the Yorkshire Dales

The Yorkshire Dales is full of interesting towns and villages which are waiting to be explored. Take a look at our top five with our guide to towns and villages in the Yorkshire Dales.

Wild Swimming in the Yorkshire Dales

Discover more about Wild Swimming and try some of the best spots in England with Lizzie Carr.

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