Yorkshire Dales National Park
|Yorkshire Dales National Park|
National park entrance sign, near Skipton
|Counties||North Yorkshire, Cumbria, Lancashire|
|- elevation||736 m (2,415 ft)|
|Area||2,178 km2 (841 sq mi)|
|National Park of England||1954|
|IUCN category||V - Protected Landscape/Seascape|
Location and extent of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, as of August 2016
The Yorkshire Dales National Park is a 2,178 km2 (841 sq mi) national park in England covering most of the Yorkshire Dales. The majority of the park is in North Yorkshire, with a sizeable area in Cumbria and a small part in Lancashire. The park was designated in 1954, and was extended in 2016. Over 20,000 residents live and work in the park, which attracts over eight million visitors every year.
The park is 50 miles (80 km) north-east of Manchester; Leeds and Bradford lie to the south, while Kendal is to the west, Darlington to the north-east and Harrogate to the south-east. The national park does not include all of the Yorkshire Dales. Parts of the dales to the south and east of the national park are located in the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
A westward extension of the park into Lancashire and Cumbria encompasses much of the area between the old boundaries of the park and the M6 motorway. This increases the area by nearly 24% and brings the park close to the towns of Kirkby Lonsdale, Kirkby Stephen and Appleby-in-Westmorland. Prior to the expansion, the national park was solely in the historic county of Yorkshire, the expansion bringing in parts of historic Lancashire and Westmorland.
The area has a wide range of activities for visitors. For example, many people come to the Dales for walking or other exercise. Several long-distance routes cross the park, including the Pennine Way, the Dales Way, the Coast to Coast Walk and the Pennine Bridleway. Cycling is also popular and there are several cycleways.
Other places and sights within the National Park include:
- Bolton Castle
- Cautley Spout waterfall
- Firbank Fell
- Gaping Gill
- Gayle Mill
- Hardraw Force
- Horton in Ribblesdale
- Howgill Fells
- Kisdon Force (waterfall) in Swaledale
- Leck Fell
- Malham Cove, Gordale Scar, Janet's Foss and Malham Tarn
- River Lune
- Settle and Carlisle Railway including the Ribblehead Viaduct
- Wild Boar Fell
- The Yorkshire Three Peaks
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- Natural England - Lakes to Dales Landscape Designation Project Archived 18 May 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
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- Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority - Things to do Archived 2 July 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
- Cycle the Dales
- Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority - Dales Countryside Museum Archived 26 July 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
- Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority - National Park Centres Archived 23 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
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