Great things to see and do in The Yorkshire Dales
We feel incredibly lucky to live and work in Sedbergh. Not only are we inside the Yorkshire Dales National Park, we’re also half an hour’s drive to the Lake District National Park, it’s the best of both worlds.
In this article, we thought we’d tell you about some of the amazing things you can do and see in the Yorkshire Dales. It’s such a diverse region. Some parts are wild and rugged, while other areas are gloriously green and tranquil. There are spectacular waterfalls, underground caves, magnificent Victorian viaducts, and places of serious historical interest. You’re spoilt for choice. Here are a few of our favourites.
Ingleton Waterfall Trail
Just a short drive from The Malabar, the waterfalls at Ingleton have been a popular place to visit for over 100 years. In Victorian times day-trippers from the surrounding industrial towns used to travel by train for a well-earned day out in the countryside. The Ingleton Waterfall Trail is a 4.3 mile (7km) circular walk that follows a well-defined footpath. On average it takes between 2 and 4 hours to complete depending on how long you spend idly enjoying the scenery. It runs as close to the edge of the two rivers as possible to give you spectacular views of the waterfalls. It’s definitely worth a visit, but we would recommend proper walking boots or strong shoes as it can be quite slippery.
There is a café at the entrance, and a refreshment hut half way round the walk. Find out more here.
Skipton is a very pretty Yorkshire Dales market town which is worth a visit in its own right. At the top of the High Street, you will see the very impressive towers of Skipton Castle. It’s over 900 years old and is the most complete and best preserved medieval castle in England.
You can explore every inch of the castle all year round. It’s famous for being a Royalist bastion in the North during the Civil War and held strong in a siege against the Roundheads for three years before finally yielding to Cromwell’s army.
There is a giftshop, the Clifford Tearooms and a very beautiful secluded picnic area with views over the town and Skipton Woods. Find out more here.
If you are a fan of creamy Wensleydale cheese or Wallace & Gromit, this could be the perfect place to visit. It’s in the town of Hawes, just a short drive from The Malabar. It has a viewing gallery where you can see the cheese and butter being made and there are live cookery demonstrations happening every day.
In the visitor centre there is an interactive cheese-making experience, a gift shop and café, which sells lots of tasty cheesy things. Find out more here.
The Settle-Carlisle Railway
This is one of the world’s great railway journeys. It carves its way through the magnificent landscape of the Yorkshire Dales and then descends into Cumbria’s Eden Valley. The views are staggeringly beautiful. From the Malabar, we recommend starting your journey from Settle which will ensure you get to see the fantastic views of the famous Ribblehead Viaduct. There are stations at Dent and Kirkby Stephen which are closer, but you’ll miss the viaduct, which is a ‘must-see’. You can check the train timetables here.
Visit The Malabar
We hope this selection gives you some inspiration when planning your trip to the Yorkshire Dales. Naturally we’d be delighted to welcome you to the Malabar which is the perfect location from which to visit these wonderful attractions.