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The Yorkshire Dales are a tumble of hills tucked into the west of Yorkshire, a wide expanse of moors, mountains and open vistas, that make up a large part of the English Pennines. The Dales are well known, not only for their beauty, and their great tranquillity and wonderful wildlife, but also for the fantastic opportunities they offer for outdoor sport enthusiasts. If you want to make the most of all of this, holiday cottages Yorkshire Dales may be the best way to become immersed in the Dales experience.
The Dales were recognised as an area of outstanding natural beauty, when they were classified as a National Park over fifty years ago. The Park consists of a number of rolling hills, and limestone plateaus, that are cut into broadly, by rivers and streams, called dales. Swaledale, Wharfedale and Wensleydale are the main valleys, and the latter may be familiar to cheese lovers!
It is also world famous for it’s extensive cave systems, carved out of the limestone over the millennia, and for the cascading waterfalls spilling over the limestone cliffs. So holiday cottages Yorkshire Dales are bound to be spoiled with wonderful views.
The main focus of holidaymakers has long been hill walking and cycling, so the area is well furnished with routes for cyclist and walkers. With such a plethora to choose from, it may make sense to base yourself around a rustic holiday cottages Yorkshire Dales up in the head of the valleys. From there you can head out each day on a new route.
The caving opportunities are best taken up around Ingleborough, where you will find the infamous Gaping Gill – a 300m deep pothole that swallows entirely the Fell Beck. Find holiday cottages Yorkshire Dales in the area of High Bentam, if you want to explore the intriguing cave systems of this area.
Although most of the Dales is open hills and moorland, dotted with many gorgeous holiday cottages Yorkshire Dales, there are also historic towns on the edge of the Park: these cater for those who are less active, or when the weather closes in. Skipton, in the south, is known as the Gateway to the Dales, and is a pretty town of cobbled streets and canals, and home to one of the most complete medieval castles in England.
Further west lies Richmond, with its towering church and lovely Georgian buildings – and a crumbling castle in the crags above town – a great place to have your holiday cottages Yorkshire Dales.