This is one of two national parks in Yorkshire. It contains a number of steep sided valleys of which Wharfedale, Ribblesdale and Malhamdale are the principal ones running from N to S, Wensleydale and Swaledale from E to W. Niddersdale in Yorkshire is not in the park but Dentdale in Cumbria is - confusing!
There are a number of delightful towns and villages. Skipton, Settle, Hawes, Buckden, Kettlewell, Richmond etc. Middleham, Richmond, Skipton and Castle Bolton provide castles, while Bolton Abbey, Jervaulx and Easby represent abbey ruins - the nave of Bolton Priory still intact and serving as the village church.
Each dale has its own characteristics, the barns of Swaledale being noticeably different from others. In addition, the minor dales shouldn’t be disregarded. Littondale. Trollersdale, Colsterdale, Coverdale, Arkengarthdale and Kingsdale all come to mind.
Ribblesdale has the caves of the Alum Pot system and the remains of lead mining adorn Swaledale. [edit text]
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