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Slow Travel Google Map: United Kingdom, Yorkshire Dales

Author: DavidX
Notes: September 2006. The Yorkshire Dales in northern England. I've not attempted to do a total introduction to the Dales. It's just an introduction to some of my favourite places. Please don't treat it as a walking map!

Historical Buildings

Bolton Priory

The old priory, with its nave preserved because, at the time of the dissolution of the monasteries, it was used as a public church, stands attractively ofer the River Wharfe, crossed here by a footbridge.
Great for all hte family.

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Jervaulx Abbey

These ruins of a Cistercian Abbey are not in as god a state as Fountains Abbey, near Ripon, but are no less evocative.

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Lead mining remains

This marks an area rather than a spot. There are all kinds of relics of lead mining throughout.

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Middleham Castle

Ancestral home of the Kingmaker, Earl of Warwick, and later the home of Richard III, the only king of England to come from northern England!

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The castle, Castle Bolto

Now in something like 'the middle of nowhere' you can see an intact medieval castle, available for hire, weddings etc.

Originally owned by the Scrope family.

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One of the first Friends@ meeting houses. Very simple and most evocative.

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Chapel-le-Dale Church

Fine and interestig little church. The minor road to Ingleton is a delight when primroses, violets and cowslips are in bloom.

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Hubberholme Church

Beautiful and atmospheric small church with unusual rood loft.

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Queen's Arms

A small pub, with limited accommodation, that orfides meals from delicious soup with a roll upwards.
Several walking routes connect Littondale and Wharfedale.

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The Buck Inn, Buckden

A large, well situated inn with an extensive menu of good meals - it also provides accommodation.

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Public Services

Information Centre

National Park Information Service with interesting display.


A previously picturesque village very much spoiled by extensive quarrying.

It remains a vital centre for the 'Three Peaks' walk and the Crown Inn is therefore one of the busiest Dales pubs.

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Alum Pot

There is an extensive system of caves underground in this area with some openings providing good sights above the ground.

Underground trips not suitable for unescorted beginners.

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Aysgarth Falls

Series of waterfalls, museum and National Park Information Centre

Gordale Scar

Limestone gorge, with a very minor stream, most of the water now flowing underground.
One of Malham's most scenic points, rivalled only by Malham Cove.

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One of the 'Three Peaks' - not as high as Whernside but more shapely. iron age hillfort at the top and caves on the Clapham side. [Ingleborough Cave - a showcave -and Gaping Gill, a huge pothole with acess at bank holidays.]

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Malham Cove

Wonderful vertical limestone cliffs with a limestone pavement above and an idyllic stream emerging from the bottom.

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Moughton Scars

A great limestone pavement with terrific views.

Not usually crowded.

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Norber Boulders

Erratic boulders carried aeons ago by glaciers.

The limestone on which they were deposited was eroded by weather, except where the erratics protect it, so that htey now rest on snall spikes of limestone.

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Lowest of the 'Three Peaks' but very shapely.

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The largest lake in Yorkshire.

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Twistleton Scars

Excellent and extensive limestone pavement - not usually crowded.

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To my mind this is a small town rather than a village and the most attractive one in Wensleydale.

Market, museum and ropeworks are all worth a visit and there are some good antique shops.

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Kirkby Stephen

Following the road that goes UP Swaledale will lead you to Kirkby Stephen, probably the best antiques centre in Cumbria.

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Richmond in Swaledale is a delightful town with a castle, numerous Georgian buildings -incuding a working theatre and a cobbled market square where street markets are still held on appropriate days of the week.

There is a splendid stroll downstream along the Swale to the ruins of Easby Abbey.

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Ripon is outside the National Park but it's a delightful cathedral city and a convenient base.

Nearby, Fountains Abbey, Studeley Royal and Brimham Rocks, whilst not labelled here, are all splendid add-ons to a Dales holiday.

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A busy market town and the start of the scenic Settle-Carlisle rail line.
Numerous accommodation and eating possibilities.

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A town often called 'The Gateway to the Dales.'

Skipton has a castle, an ancient church, a good street market and a small but interesting museum.

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Settle/Carlisle Railway

A scenic railway that has survived many closure threats. Its building occasioned a number of deaths.

There are numerous spectacular viaducts.

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Steam Railway

The Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway is not cheap for the short distance it covers but is, of course, a good treat for children.

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A tiny village amidst great scenery. Find Trollers Gill and Parceval Gardens nearby.

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A lesser known village but a good start for some terrific walking.

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Many people consider Clapham one of the prettiest of all Dales villages.

Excellent start for walking up Ingleborough.

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A delightful village with two pleasant pubs, a pretty church and one or two interesting shops, situated to te far west of the Yorkshire Dales. It is actually in Cumbria since the 1974 boundary eview took it out of Yorkshire.

Easer walking for children than in many of hte dales.

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A very pretty Dales village but it tends to get very crowded.
A walk from here to kettlewell and back at a higher level gives an excellent blend of limestone and gritstone scenery.

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Horton in Ribblesdale

This village is marred by extensive quarrying but, as it's the centre for the famous 'Three Peaks walk, the Crown Inn is one of the busiest in all the Dales.

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A good place for a wet day. the waterfalls walk is superb when the rivers really get flowing. [charge for entry to walk]

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A Swaledale village near to a fine series of waterfalls [not too fierce - good for canoeing!]
The website details these AND OTHER falls.

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A great walking centre as you enter upper Wharfedale from the south - with three pubs.

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Excellent centre for walking around Swaledale.

Home knitted woolens on sale.

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The marker is at the halt on the Settle/Carlisle railway.

Good cave entrances and walks.

One of the most dramatic viaducts of the railway.

Walking Route 1

Dales Way

A path of about 80 miles from Ilkley to Bowness on Windermere. Only the part through the National Park is shown here.

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Dales Way

Walking Route 2

Pennine Way

The UK's earliest long-distance path, running from Edale in Derbyshire, England to Kirk Yetholm in the Borders Region of Scotland. Only the part through the Yorkshire Dales is shown here.

Please ensure that you use the proper Ordnance Survey maps if walking the Pennine Way. The map here is only suitable as an indicaton of the route.

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