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Explore the Yorkshire Dales


About Ribblesdale

Source of the River Ribble and one of the most western dales, Ribblesdale is perhaps best known for its long trails, high peaks, wonderful views and beautifully varied landscape. A haven for walkers, it offers a number of relaxing rambles and more challenging hikes for those who’d prefer a fuller and more exhausting pursuit of its charms. Holiday cottages in Ribblesdale grant you unrivalled access to this lovely part of Yorkshire, and how you enjoy it is entirely up to you. To help ease you into your holiday in Ribblesdale, we’re going to make a few recommendations for the best things to see and do. You can also find a fantastic selection of handpicked holiday cottages in Ribblesdale below too!

Ribblesdale’s status as the Yorkshire Dales’ best-known walking areas is due in no small part to the wealth of trails that run through it. The Pennine Way, Dales High Way and Ribble Way and more host many hikers pursuing active explorations of ‘God’s own county’. The Three Peaks also offer a greater challenge for those keen to test their mettle. We think the views from the top more than make up the effort taken to enjoy them! The Ribblehead Viaduct is also an essential visit to anyone on a break in Ribblesdale. This incredible feat of engineering was built by 1,000 men over four years and reaches over 400 metres across the valley floor. If the Three Peaks doesn’t take your breath away then we guarantee this will! Finally, if you prefer more sedate activities on your holiday, then a visit to nearby Settle is a must. This gorgeous market town is nestled into the hills and offers a host of refreshment options and boutique shops.

Inspire: Ribblesdale Holiday Articles

5 Best Views of the Dales

This is taken on top of Moughton Scar; a ridge that runs sort of midway between Pen-y-Ghent and Ingleborough. Despite being in the middle of one of the most heavily visited and best loved parts of the Dales, not many people know about it.

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Fine Dining

You don’t have to search far to find scrumptious scran in the Yorkshire Dales and our guide is guaranteed to tickle every taste bud. It’s time to savour the best flavours that this lovely bit of England has to offer...

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Family Fun

With a wealth of activities scattered throughout its many wide open spaces and a myriad of tracks and trails to explore, the Yorkshire Dales is one of Britain's best playgrounds.

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Wonderful Waterfalls

There is something alluring and awe-inspiring about watching waterfalls as they trickle, tumble and crash over cliffs and through gorges, and the Yorkshire Dales have some of England's finest examples. We travelled its hills and valleys to find five of the most magnificent...

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Exploring the Dales – Day 3

Twenty minutes into our final day and we encounter sheep down a narrow country road. If this happened anywhere else just after 9am it would be an inconvenience. The pace of life in the Yorkshire Dales, however, seems to have relaxed us. We are now firmly aware that we’re on the sheep’s time. So, after a half-hearted attempt to herd them back, we just sit tight and wait for them to decide where they’re going...

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Mountain Bike Routes in the Yorkshire Dales National Park

Rolling, rugged and full of rustic charm, the stunning Yorkshire Dales makes a perfect destination for off-road adventures on a mountain bike. Best of all, with dozens of different rides to choose from, there’s a great route to explore whether you’re new to the sport or a seasoned veteran.

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Yorkshire Dales Road Cycling Routes

The Yorkshire Dales is fantastic cycling country, something the success of the Grand Depart and the Tour de Yorkshire really brought home. With stunning scenery, varied terrain and charming towns and villages, there’s good reason for the sport’s growing popularity in these parts.

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