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Explore the Yorkshire Dales


About Wharfedale

Holiday cottages in Wharfedale allow access to some of the Yorkshire Dales’ most characteristically glorious landscapes. Huge limestone scars cross rolling green hills, trickling rivers flow gently through deep valleys, meadows burst with stunning flora and beautiful picture postcard villages offer rest and refreshment. If you’re after the essence of the Yorkshire Dales then you will find it with a Wharfedale holiday cottage. You will also find yourself with easy access to some of Yorkshire’s more vibrant attractions. York, Harrogate and Leeds are just a short distance away and all retain plenty of heritage and history to accompany their more contemporary charms.

Walking is undoubtedly the most popular way visitors gain an appreciation of the unfettered beauty of the Wharfedale region. There are gentle rambles and long hikes aplenty with a wealth of stunning scenery to explore and enjoy. If you’re after something a little more civilised then the gorgeous market town of Grassington and equally lovely village of Kettlewell offer tearooms, shops and a host of seasonal events and attractions. Bolton Abbey is another must-see in Wharfedale. Nestled on the banks of the River Wharfe, the beautiful remains of Abbey form the centrepiece of this attraction that also comprises over 80 miles of footpaths and 30,000 acres of countryside. There’s plenty more to do in the region. Find more inspiration and a host of handpicked holiday cottages below.

Inspire: Wharfedale Holiday Articles

A Drink with a Difference

Some say it's impossible to have a bad meal in Paris. Well the same can be said of a pint of beer in Yorkshire.

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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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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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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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As Seen on the Big Screen

The penultimate tale of ‘The boy who lived’ needs little introduction. After 6 films and hundreds of millions of dollars in ticket receipts, the Deathly Hallows part 1 features Harry and co. on the run.

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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 1

Our first destination is the gorgeous market town of Grassington. It’s a fairly short drive from the office and is the perfect place for visitors to Wharfedale to begin their journey. For starters it’s a complete honeypot location with lovely cobbled streets, limestone buildings, a host of quirky boutiques and tearooms and a packed calendar of cultural events that belies its small stature...

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Exploring the Dales – Day 2

Our second day starts early on a crisp spring morning. As the sun begins to break through the clouds we see anglers set to work at Kilnsey Trout Farm under the shadow of the Crag, a huge limestone cliff face that rises up over the Wharfedale Valley. Day one of Le Tour paid a memorable visit to Kilnsey and, not surprisingly, the village was widely regarded as one of the best places to watch the action...

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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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