Yorkshire Dales National Park

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Yorkshire Dales National Park
Protected Area
National park entrance sign, near Skipton
Country United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Counties North Yorkshire, Cumbria, Lancashire
Highest point
 - location Whernside
 - elevation 736 m (2,415 ft)
Area 2,178 km2 (841 sq mi)
National Park of England 1954
IUCN category V - Protected Landscape/Seascape
Yorkshire Dales National Park UK location map.svg
Location and extent of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, as of August 2016
Stone houses in Hawes, a typical example of Dales architecture
Limestone hills and dry-stone walls in the west of the Yorkshire Dales. This part of the national park is popular with walkers due to the presence of the Yorkshire three peaks.

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.[1]


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.[2] 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.


In 1954, an area of Yorkshire was designated as a new national park.[3]

2016 extension[edit]

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.[4][5][6][7][8] 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.[9] Cycling is also popular and there are several cycleways.[10]

The Dales Countryside Museum is housed in the converted Hawes railway station in Wensleydale in the north of the area.[11] The park also has five visitor centres.[12] These are at:

Other places and sights within the National Park include:


External links[edit]

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