Yorkshire Dales Holiday

Things to do in the Yorkshire Dales

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the Forest of Bowland & South Cumbria.

The Yorkshire Dales & Forest of Bowland offers a wide range of things to do and see, including outdoor activities such as climbing, caving, walking, cycling, pony trekking, canoeing, sailing & windsurfing. There is also a wide range of indoor activities in and around the Yorkshire Dales with historic buildings which are open to the public including Sizergh Castle, Levens Hall with its famous topiary gardens and deer park & Lancaster Castle.

There are several indoor swimming pools close by and an indoor climbing wall at Sedbergh. Many of the local towns and villages are home to galleries, pottery centres, embroidery centres, open farms & cultural museums.

For lovers of landscapes the area is host to many geographical features. The area is littered with caves and potholes and boasts two of the finest examples of limestone paving in Europe, Malham Cove & Gaitbarrows near Arnside in south Cumbria.

The area is also ideal for keen golfers as there are over 10 golf courses within 20 miles of Hill Farm.


The Yorkshire Dales National Park

The Yorkshire Dales National Park offers visitors opportunities for many outdoor pursuits including walking, climbing, horse riding, bird watching and caving.

The Yorkshire Dales is also home to many picturesque towns and villages, as well as numerous fells & hills to climb, pot holes to explore, woods to wander and waterfalls to picnic by.
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Ingleton

The small town of Ingleton offers numerous shops, pub lunches & cafes as well as many of the best scenic locations in the area, including; Ingleton waterfalls walk, White Scar Caves, Ingleborough Caves, Gaping Gill and numerous walks.

The area is also home to the 'Three Peaks'. Ingleborough, Pen-y-ghent and Whernside, a local challenge for keen walkers to reach the summit of all three in one day.
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Kirkby Lonsdale

This popular market town in south Cumbria is famous for it's Devils Bridge and Ruskin's view. Kirkby Lonsdale's narrow main street is lined with gift shops, galleries, pubs & tea rooms. Located on the banks of the River Lune, Kirkby Lonsdale offers one of the best views of the Lune valley.
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Settle

A busy market town located in Ribblesdale, Settle lies at the southern end of the scenic Settle to Carlisle Railway. The district includes the Cliffs of Attermire, Giggleswick Scar and Castleberg, the Clapham and Weathercote caves, the chasm of Hell Pot and the waterfall of Stainforth Foss. Prehistoric remains have been found in several of the caves. The museum in neighbouring Giggleswick holds many of the prehistoric remains & artifacts discovered.
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Bentham

Set on the banks of the River Wenning, High Bentham is a small market town containing shops, tea rooms and plenty of pub food. A mile or so down the hill you'll find Low Bentham, a charming village with access to many local walks.
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Malham

The Pennine Way passes through the small village of Malham. Not only is the area excellent walking country, it is also host to the spectacular natural landmarks of Malham Cove & Gordale Scar.
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Wray

Wray is a small village on the confluence of the Rivers Roeburn & Hindburn. Popular in early May when the village holds its Scarecrow Festival & Wray Fair. There is a tea room and two public houses. The George & Dragon has an excellent beer garden and serves some of the best pub food in the area. Wray is also home to the Bridge House Tea Rooms, which offers a mix of local crafts, garden gifts and regional foods, as well as a large childrens play area.
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Skipton

Another of the many busy market towns in the Dales area, Skipton is home to many attractions including its 14th century castle. The old town hall building is now the Craven Museum and the Embsay Steam Railway is only 2 miles outside the town.
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Sedbergh

Sedbergh (pronounced Sedber) lies at the foot of the Howgill Fells on the north bank of the River Rawthey, which joins the River Lune a few miles downstream of the town. Sedbergh's narrow main street is lined with shops, tearooms and pubs. There is also a Heritage centre, the Sedbergh Embroidery, several riding centres and a golf course. All set in the shadow of the Howgill fells, which also boasts one of England's highest waterfalls, Cautley Spout, which tumbles down 580 feet of cliff face.
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Dent

Home to Britain's highest mainline train station at 1150 feet, Dent is otherwise untouched by modern life. Its winding cobbled streets, overshadowed by the Howgill Fells make the village a popular tourist destination in the summer months.
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Hawes

Set in some of the Dale's finest scenery, the small market town of Hawes is the home of Wensleydale Cheese and the Dales Countryside Museum. Hardraw Force, England's highest single-drop waterfall is also within a short drive of Hawes.
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The Forest of Bowland

An area of outstanding natural beauty, the Forest of Bowland is popular with bird watchers and walkers alike.
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Slaidburn & Stocks Reservoir

Slaidburn is a practically untouched rural village in the heart of the Forest of Bowland. Its heritage centre and tea rooms are an ideal starting point for a walk or bike ride in the Bowland Fells.

Nearby Stocks Reservoir & Gisburn Forest has excellent mountain bike tracks of various grades, and fly fishing is available on the reservoir.
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Ribblehead Viaduct

Ribblehead Viaduct carries the Settle to Carlisle railway through Ribblesdale. It's 24 arches span 440 yards and reach a height of 104 feet. The viaduct is an impressive piece of engineering set in an equally impressive landscape.
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Arnside & Silverdale

The Promenade at Arnside looks out towards Kent viaduct and the Lakeland fells across the Kent estuary. A good start/finish place for many of the local walks around Arnside Knot & the village of Silverdale, an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Leighton Moss nature reserve in within a few miles of Arnside, as is the spectacular lime stone paving at Gaitbarrows, which is open to the public everyday except Saturday.
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The Lake District

Cumbria's Lake District is a popular destination for many in the summer months. The southern lakes of Windermere and Coniston Water are both easily accessible from Hill Farm and have much to offer.
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Lancaster

The historic City of Lancaster offers many attractions. It's busy city centre is home to many shops, bars, coffee shops & restaurants. There is also plenty of night life to be found in Lancaster, catering for a range of tastes. Lancaster's castle, set beside St. Mary's Church on Castle Hill is one of the finest in the country and is open to the public in the summer.

Set on the banks of the River Lune, Lancaster is steeped in history. From its Roman origins, through the War of the Roses and the Pendle witch trials, to it's maritime heyday. The city has two museums, the City Museum can be found in Market Square and the former customs house on St. Georges Quay is now home to the Maritime Museum.

The City also boasts the worlds 2nd largest memorial, the Ashton Memorial in Williamson Park, built by Lord Ashton in 1906. The park also hosts The Play in the Park each summer, an open air theatre which gains national acclaim year after year.
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Morecambe & Heysham

Sutset over Morecambe Bay & the Cumbrian Fells
Sunset over Morecambe Bay

Morecambe is famed for its wonderful sunsets and stunning views across the bay to the Lake District. With five miles of promenade, morecambe is ideal for a walk along the seafront to take in the views. The town is currently undergoing a revival, with various music and other festivals being held throughout the year.
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Neighbouring Heysham is home to one of the countries oldest churches, St. Peters, which dates over a 1000 years. Further up the hill, perched on the cliff overlooking Half Moon Bay, you'll find 6 stone graves cut into the rock dating back to the 11th century.
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The Lake District National Park Sedbergh Hawes Dent The Yorkshire Dales National Park Ribblehead Viaduct Arnside & Silverdale Kirkby Lonsdale Ingleton High Bentham & Low Bentham Wray Settle Malham Skipton Slaidburn & Stocks Reservoir The Forest of Bowland Lancaster Morecambe & Heysham