Yorkshire Dales National Park, Yorkshire
683 SQ Miles,
map courtesy of Ordnance Survey
The sheep is the symbol of Yorkshire Dales National Park, and for good reason. This is sheep country, and the open fields are criss-crossed by patterns of dry stone walls marking the field boundaries. Small villages and farms cling to the sides of valleys and river banks, and the high ridge of the Pennine Range looms over the landscape.

Upper Wharfedale
Upper Wharfedale
Swaledale is the largest of the dales which make up the park, and the sheep which takes its name from this area grazes the high fells, while cattle occupy the river bottom.

There is excellent walking here, and in neighbouring Wensleydale. There is a visitor centre at Hawes, in addition to the Upper Dales Folk Museum.
Hardraw Force
Hardraw Force,
near Hawes
Near Hawes is Hardraw Force, an impressive waterfall with a sheer drop of 100 feet. You can actually pass right behind the fall of water, or take the steep walk to the top of Great Shunner Fell, for superb views. Further west, Malham Cove boasts a huge natural amphitheatre, as well as the National Park Information Centre at Malham village, and several enjoyable circular walks to nearby Malham Tarn.

What to see:
Clapham: outstanding nature trail begun by Reginald Ferrer. The trail passes Ingleborough Cave, perhaps the finest in the North of England.
Aysgarth Falls: a wonderfully picturesque series of three waterfalls in preserved countryside
Bolton Priory: scenic ruins beside the River Wharfe
Southerdale Scar: Wildlife reserve with fascinating limestone pavements
Malham Cove: a natural amphitheatre
Hardraw Force: a waterfall with the longest unbroken drop in the north (100 feet)
Ordnance Survey maps covering the Yorkshire Dales National Park:
Explorer OS maps (Scale: 4cm = 1 km / 1: 25000) - best for walking
EX030 Yorkshire Dales- North & Central
EX002 Yorkshire Dales South & West areas

Landranger OS maps (Scale: 2cm = 1km / 1: 50000)
LR099 NORTHALLERTON & RIPON, PATELEY BRIDGE / LAYBURN
LR092 BARNARD CASTLE / RICHMOND

Contact:
Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority
Yoredale, Bainbridge
Leyburn
North Yorkshire
DL8 3EL 

OR

Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority
Colvend
Grassington
Skipton
North Yorkshire
BD23 5LB
website

Related:
Yorkshire Travel Guide
Northeast England