We’ve put together a selection of the best views in Yorkshire Dales National Park, home to some of England’s prettiest landscapes.
Having just moved to the area and started our exploration of the Yorkshire Dales in earnest, we thought it appropriate to share some of the wider scenery the Dales have to offer.
Yorkshire Dales National Park (YDNP) was designated in 1954 and extended by 24% in 2016 to cover 2,178 km2 in total. YDNP is famed for having some of the finest limestone landscapes in the UK with crags, pavements and caves set amid an expansive heather moorland of rolling hills and dramatic waterfalls, all criss-crossed with miles of dry stonewalls and picturesque villages.
The park attracts over 3.5 million visitors every year looking to explore the beautiful scenery be it by foot, cycle or kayak – to name just a few of the available options. With that in mind, we’ve put together a selection of the best views in the Yorkshire Dales.
17 best views in the Yorkshire Dales
We’ve selected 17 photos of the best views in the Yorkshire Dales, clearly plotted on a Google Map, making it easy to plan your sightseeing.
1. Ribblehead Viaduct
Ribblehead Viaduct is a striking blend of nature and industry
2. Malham Cove (and beck)
Malham Beck runs beneath the 70m (230ft) limestone cliff of Malham Cove
3. Top of Malham Cove
The view across the limestone pavement from the top of Malham Cove
4. Crackpot Hall
The ruins of Crackpot Hall and the views over Swaledale
5. Aysgarth Falls
The stepped waterfalls at Aysgarth are probably the best known in Yorkshire
6. Kilnsey Crag
Kilnsey Crag is a distinctive overhanging cliff near the village of Kilnsey
7. Bolton Abbey
Situated by the River Wharfe are the ruins of Bolton Abbey
8. Buttertubs Pass
The winding high road of Buttertubs Pass crosses the moorland between Wensleydale and Swaledale
Pen-y-ghent is the smallest of the Yorkshire Three Peaks at 694m (2,277ft)
10. Pendragon Castle
The fairytale ruin of Pendragon Castle has been linked to King Arthur
11. Ingleton Waterfalls
Thornton Force is just one of the falls on the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail
The picturesque village of Burnsall lies on the River Wharfe ringed by dramatic fells
13. Muker meadows
The idyllic Muker hay meadows and barns of Swaledale
14. Bolton Castle
Not to be confused with Bolton Abbey, Bolton Castle is one of the best preserved medieval castles in the country
15. Scales Moor
Scales Moor is a limestone plateau located between the mountains of Whernside and Ingleborough
16. Scaleber Force
The atmospheric Scaleber Force waterfall is located in a deep wooded gorge near Settle
17. Richmond Town
Richmond isn’t actually in the national park, but we live there and love it!