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Yorkshire Dales Holiday Cottages
These companies offer a range of Yorkshire Dales holiday cottage properties and have been arranged according to the numbers they provide. The information on this page was correct at the time of writing but is subject to changes due to availability and time of year. Visit the sites for the latest news.
Cottages 4 You
- About 140 Yorkshire Dales holiday cottages
, situated in picturesque villages such as Ingleton, Bainbridge and Middleham. Most of their cottages are traditional with a good number of discounts available for two person bookings. Prices start at £300 for week-long stays.
- More than 70 Yorkshire Dales cottages
from Holiday Rentals, some of which may be booked for as little as £155. User reviews are included for many, allowing visitors to get a better feel for each cottage and the owners may be contacted directly.
- 50 Yorkshire Dales self catering cottages offered here. Week long stays can be booked for around £190 for certain properties and pets are allowed in most cases. Their range mostly features traditional, stone-built cottages in places like Kirkby, Ingleton and Askrigg.
- 20 cottages in the Yorkshire Dales from about £200. Their range of holiday properties includes stone-built cottages to modern, wooden lodges. They can be found in places like Grassington, Hadraw and Giggleswick. Visit the site for the latest pricing and availability information.
The Yorkshire Dales is an upland region that spans North Yorkshire and Cumbria. The landscape consists of wind-swept hills, remote limestone cliffs and upland moors which were carved out by the ice-age millions of years ago. Most of the region lies in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
There are over 20 dales, many of which take their names from streams or rivers. One notable exception is Wensleydale, which is named after the village Wensley. The Northern reaches, which consist of Swaledale, Coverdale, Arkengarthdale, Richmondshire and Bishopdale are sparsely populated and provide a vivid contrast to the busy industrial centres found further South.
The National Park, which was created in 1954, covers an area of almost 2,000 square kilometres
and is a wildlife haven. It boasts a dramatic landscape that features waterfalls, ravines and limestone scenery.
The Yorkshire Dales are a region with a rich cultural heritage - the valley slopes are peppered with monastic ruins, hill-forts and Castles, such as those at Ingleborough
and Skipton. Many of the villages and hamlets feature sturdy greystone cottages and in some cases old Georgian houses - Middleham and its market square is perhaps the best example.
The lead and mineral industry was once prevalent in these parts and remains can still be found scattered around the landscape in the form of disused mines and old stone walls. See our guide below to notable visitor attractions, activities and places of interest.
York visitor attractions
We've included details for a selection of popular outdoor activities and visitor attractions in the Yorkshire Dales region. There's also information regarding top restaurants and public houses.
There are a number of trails that run through the region including the Dales Way
, the Pennine Way, Nidderdale Way and Yorkshire 3 peaks. These public footpaths take visitors through nationally protected areas of outstanding national beauty and are among the most picturesque walking routes in the country.
The purpose-built Pennine Bridleway
is also renowned for its scenery and is used by horse-riders and ramblers - for those looking to experience the Dales on horse-back, see the Yorkshire Dales Trekking Centre
in Malham. There is also a selection of golf courses which can be found at Bedale, Silsden, Pannal and Settle.
Food and drink
Good pubs include The Lister Arms
, Malham, the Black Horse in Grassington, which serves a collection of local ales and the Queen's Head
in Kettlesing - a popular destination for lovers of real ales. The Wensleydale Heifer, a one-time coaching inn,
offers traditional and modern seafood dishes from an a la carte menu - main courses are between £11 to £19.
Amerdale House Hotel
in Littondale is also noteworthy and lies in AONB designated countryside. It serves British and European cuisine and is a former Victorian Manor House.
History and Culture
There's a selection of castles found throughout the Dales such as those at Skipton, Richmond, Bowes and most notably, Middleham which is the largest keep in England. Other important historical sites include Bolton Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden
Visitors will also find a number of stately homes and country houses like Aske Hall
. This 18th century property has a 13th century pele tower, a Jacobean tower and an ornately decorated interior that features a diverse range of 18th century furniture. Guided tours run at 10.00, 11.00 and 12.00 but it is advisable to book well in advance.