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Camping Holidays in The Yorkshire Dales

The Yorkshire Dales are a perfect location for family holidays with something to suit the most eclectic mix of personalities.

If you are an active bunch then the rivers, hills and fells are sure enough going to take your breath away and not just because of the beautiful surroundings. River scrambling, canoeing, and rafting take place on the numerous rivers that carve their way through the landscape. The limestone crags, which the area is famous for, offer both novice or experienced rock climbers the perfect challenge. This limestone landscape is also what makes it an excellent place for pot holing and caving with some very experienced guides. Fishing, clay pigeon shooting and horse riding are all available to suit those who prefer less hair raising activities!

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Hill walking is a must with a multitude of walks for all abilities. If you’re feeling energetic why not take on the famous three peaks of Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent. The hard climbs will be well rewarded by the spectacular views. When you have done all this and still want to explore more then go get on your bike! The undulating roads and serious climbs will not disappoint the road cyclists. If mountain biking is more your scene then you’re in the perfect location for some off-road fun.

When all this has become too much it’s easy to find a typical scenic Dales village in which to relax and recuperate. With chocolate box cottages, friendly locals and of course a tearoom to enjoy a good cup of Yorkshire tea and a slice of cake, your batteries will be well and truly recharged before you take on your next adventure. In the evening you may decide to huddle around the camp fire or even better go find one of the many local pubs and enjoy not only their warm hospitality but good food and great beer!

Holiday Parks in Yorkshire

The Yorkshire Dales covers an area of 680 square miles (1762 square kilometres) and incorporates a diverse range of landscapes, wildlife and culture. In what is commonly referred to as ‘God’s own county’ you will always be assured of the warmest of welcomes whenever you visit.

The diversity of the scenery is also reflected in the range of holidays this area can cater for. Whether it is a relaxing, romantic break, an adrenaline fuelled extravaganza or a family fun adventure the Yorkshire Dales provides for all. You can be assured that when your holiday is over you will already be planning your next visit!

Independant campsites in Yorkshire

Things to do in the Yorkshire Dales

Malham Cove

This natural limestone amphitheatre is a must for any holiday in the Dales. At 80 metres high and 300 metres wide it can’t fail to impress. On the surface the limestone pavement offers an interesting and fun walk and this unique habitat harbours various plant and animal species.

Fountain’s Abbey and Studley Royal

This World Heritage Site lies on the edge of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The 12th century abbey ruins lie in an area of majestic scenery which also boasts the only surviving Cistercian corn mill. The cultural heritage continues with the water garden of Studley Royal, the ideal place to amble and take in the fresh air and beautiful views. A picnic in the medieval deer park is the perfect way to round off the visit.

Skipton Castle

Found in the bustling market town of Skipton the southern gateway to the dales. The Castle built towards the end of the 11th century is one of the best preserved examples in the country. Take a tour around and enjoy the views over the surrounding area. Skipton itself is certainly worth a visit whether for shopping, eating out or a trip along the famous Leeds-Liverpool Canal.

Wensleydale Creamery

Situated in the market town of Hawes in upper Wensleydale, the Creamery offers the opportunity to learn about the history of this world famous cheese and also see how it’s made. You can then sample the tasty goods in the café and take home a souvenir or two! A splendid day out for all the family.

Aysgarth Falls & Hardraw Force

These two well-known waterfalls are again situated in Wensleydale.  Aysgarth falls are formed as the River Ure descends over limestone steps creating the picturesque scene before you. Take a riverside walk and soak up the surroundings before moving on to Hardraw Force. At 100 feet this waterfall claims the title of highest single-drop waterfall in England, and not only that but you have to go through a pub in order to reach it!

Getting to the Yorkshire Dales

Don’t let the remote and unspoilt nature of this area fool you. It is a pleasant surprise at the ease in which you can access the Dales.They are in relative close proximity of the major cities Leeds and Manchester, being only a 30 and 50 mile drive respectively. The Dales can also be reached easily by rail. The Settle-Carlisle railway is a day trip in itself for the beautiful scenery and remarkable engineering feat and offers a practical solution for getting around.

If you’re travelling from further afield then Leeds/Bradford International Airport or Manchester International Airport and are both in close proximity and a hire car would enable you to complete the journey.

Written by of Family Camping Reviews

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