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Yorkshire Dales

Leeds is situated at the southern tip of The Yorkshire Dales, a vast imposing landscape with areas of great beauty and little villages full of charm.
 
If you don’t know where to begin a trip to the Dales Countryside Museum, based at Hawes, Wensleydale, is an ideal starting point from which to discover the story of the people and industries that helped shape this dramatic landscape.
 
Here are just a few of the stunning places you should visit on your Dales journey.
 
Gaping Ghyll is one of the most famous caves in Great Britain. The imposing cave provides spectacular scenery but unless you’re an experienced pot-holer with a permit it’s advisable to stay clear of the interior without an official guide. Visitors can take a guided tour around the main chamber during May and August bank holidays when “winch meets” take place.
 
Kilnsey Crag in Wharfedale, is a huge overhanging landmark, and a particular favourite with rock climbers, again it is advisable to look and not touch. Kilnsey Crag can be viewed from around the pretty village of Wharfedale.
 
Buttertubs Pass is a high mountain road leading across the moors from Muker and Thwaite in Swaledale to Hardraw and Hawes in Wensleydale. The pass gets its name because near its summit the road is flagged by fluted limestone potholes are known as the “Buttertubs”.
 
Devil’s Arrows is one of The Dales’ most famous sights. A group of three stones that point skywards, the Arrows are said to have mythical properties. Legend has it that the site’s name comes from an account of the Devil trying to fire arrows at the nearby Christian settlement at Aldborough from Howe Hill, the arrows falling short and landing in a line in the field.
 
From Bolton Abbey in North Yorkshire a pleasant riverside walk leads through woods to the Strid, a notorious stretch of water where the River Wharfe is forced into a deep and narrow thundering channel.
 
The curious rock formations at Brimham in Nidderdale are scattered over some 50 acres on Brimham Moor and provide a great variety of weird and wonderful shapes. Many of the rocks suggest all manner of things, including animals and mushrooms and some are said to have associations with druids, Mother Shipton and even the Devil himself.
 
Swaledale is one of the Yorkshire Dales most popular and visited villages, which is famed for its wool-making and the sheep that graze on the wild higher slopes. The fast-moving river Swale runs through Swaledale and travels along through rugged landscape.
 
Wharfedale is the largest of the Yorkshire Dales and is famous for its cheese and being the place in which James Herriot set his famous books. Visitors flock from far and wide to see the landscape made famous by the BBC TV programme “All Creatures Great And Small”. Wharfedale makes the perfect place for a walking holiday and has some fantastic designated routes.

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