About the Yorkshire Dales National Park

Limestone pavement in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.  Photo - dreamstime.com

The distinctive countryside of Yorkshire Dales National Park is among the most spectacular in England.  


It is characterised by it's green, wide valleys (the dales) that are surrounded by beautiful hills and moorland.  Much of the landscape is agricultural, divided into flower rich meadows by ancient dry stone walls, and scattered with numerous old field barns.   


The Yorkshire Dales National Park covers 841 square miles with 71% falling within the county of Yorkshire, 28% within the county of Cumbria, and 1% within Lancashire.


It is a wonderful area for hill walking with 30 mountains over 2,000 feet in height.  Many are rounded hills covered in moorland vegetation, but it's also common to find limestone crags, and some amazing examples of limestone pavement.  Nearly half of all the limestone pavement in the UK is in the Yorkshire Dales.  Some of the highest hills are capped with gritstone.   


The Yorkshire Dales can usually be enjoyed on foot all year round.  Each season brings new delights and fresh experiences.


We would love to introduce you to some of our favourite hill walks in the Yorkshire Dales.  We cover the western side of the National Park which includes the Yorkshire 3 Peaks area (Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-Ghent); the range or hills knows as The Howgills; also Wild Boar Fell, Nine Standards Rigg, and Mallerstang Edge in the Eden Valley area.


Our guided walking calendar shows available dates for walks in the Yorkshire Dales. 


Further information about the Yorkshire Dales can be found on the National Park Authority website.