10 things we love about the Dales

Malham Tarn

Ribblehead Viaduct

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A survey of visitors to the Yorkshire Dales National Park unsurprisingly found it a well-loved tourist destination.

Scenery, remoteness and walks are the main attractions, closely followed by the peace and tranquillity of the area –and the majority of people.

Here are ten of the things we love about the Dales:

1. Malham Cove

An impressive 260 foot high by 984 foot long curved crag, it’s one of the great landmarks of the Dales. See http://www.malhamdale.org.uk/malham_cove.htm

2. Ribblehead Viaduct

104 feet above the valley floor, this is another iconic Dales landsmark. Built in 1874, the Grade II listed structure is the longest and most famous viaduct on the Settle-Carlisle Railway.

3. Swaledale and Dalesbred sheep.

There are many variety of sheep in Yorkshire, but these two breeds fare particularly well in the Dales. The Dalesbred have black faces (with white spots on either side of their face), curled low set horns and shaggy wool often used for tweeds and carpets.

Swaledale are similar to Dalesbred, but have a grey muzzle and horns that are round and wide. Their coarser wool is used for tweeds, thicker hand-knitting yarns and even carpets. Both produce good quality meat.

4. Dry stone walls

Winding their way though the Dales, these walls are a major part of the scenery throughout the national park. The traditional art of dry stone dates back thousands of years. 

See: Ancient art of dry stone walling is alive and well in the Dales.

5. UWFRA and CRO

The Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association and the Cave Rescue Organisation are fantastic voluntary organisations which a play a vital, life-saving role. The teams are able to launch search and rescue operations with a moments notice, and are a reassuring presence for walkers and cavers.

6. Wharfedale Rugby Union Football Club

Set just outside the quiet picturesque town of Grassington, Wharfedale Rugby Union Football Club punches well above its weight in the second highest tier of national rugby union. It more than holds its own against teams from much bigger population areas such as Coventry and Doncaster.

 7. The Underdales Cricket League

The ‘raison d’etre’ of this league is quite simply good old fashioned fun and camaraderie – with simplified rules and an open selection policy, it’s all about nuturing community spirit

8. Ingleton Waterfalls

There are dozens of great walks around the Dales, but one of the most impressive and straightforward is this one.

It costs to get in, but the paths are well laid and singposted, and it has the impressive Ingleborough in the background.

9. Yorkshire Three Peaks

Ingleborough, Pen-y-Ghent and Whernside are the most famous peaks in the Dales (although Buckden Pike is higher than Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent). The three are a popular challenge with charity fundraisers.

10. Gaping Gill

Gaping Gill is a 322 ft deep pothole, which was the deepest known shaft in Britain until 1999 (when Titan in Derbyshire was discovered). However, it’s still the tallest unbroken waterfall in England and the largest underground chamber naturally open to the surface.

There are many other great features of the Dales. What are your favourites?

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8:25am Mon 27 Jan 14

Evan Owen says...

What about the residents? Have any surveys been carried out?

High time the legislation was amended to allow private landowners to make the best use of their own property.

In Scotland the parks have a third duty to foster the social and economic well being of the residents, in England this was an afterthought that is overridden by the the first two purposes.

The residents face a bleak future that international human rights experts describe as "soft eviction" and "voluntary resettlement".
What about the residents? Have any surveys been carried out? High time the legislation was amended to allow private landowners to make the best use of their own property. In Scotland the parks have a third duty to foster the social and economic well being of the residents, in England this was an afterthought that is overridden by the the first two purposes. The residents face a bleak future that international human rights experts describe as "soft eviction" and "voluntary resettlement". Evan Owen
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1:02pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Doc Daneeka says...

Malham Tarn it isn't. Malham Cove it is.

If it takes an offcumden to pint this out to the local paper....
Malham Tarn it isn't. Malham Cove it is. If it takes an offcumden to pint this out to the local paper.... Doc Daneeka
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2:13pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Doc Daneeka says...

Black Sheep, Copper Dragon, Dent, Naylor's, Yorkshire Dales, Goose Eye, Daleside, Theakston's, - to name but some.
Black Sheep, Copper Dragon, Dent, Naylor's, Yorkshire Dales, Goose Eye, Daleside, Theakston's, - to name but some. Doc Daneeka
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6:13pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Mart56 says...

Doc Daneeka wrote:
Malham Tarn it isn't. Malham Cove it is.

If it takes an offcumden to pint this out to the local paper....
Maybe the person responsible for the error had been sampling some of the excellent ales you mention in your second post. Just like you must have been when you PINTED out the mistake.
[quote][p][bold]Doc Daneeka[/bold] wrote: Malham Tarn it isn't. Malham Cove it is. If it takes an offcumden to pint this out to the local paper....[/p][/quote]Maybe the person responsible for the error had been sampling some of the excellent ales you mention in your second post. Just like you must have been when you PINTED out the mistake. Mart56
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