The Yorkshire Dales is in the English County of Yorkshire and was created in 1954.
We live in the village of Gargrave which is in North Yorkshire, just on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
The Dales comprise river valleys, hills and an extensive limestone cave system and is in total about 680 square miles.
Up hill and down dale The Yorkshire Dales Park is home to some of Britain’s most iconic scenery and attractions. With spectacular limestone valleys, picture postcard villages and historic castles it’s a place that stirs the emotions and stimulates the senses.
Most of the Dales are named after their river or stream. Examples are Wensleydale, Ousedale and Swaledale. The River Aire flows though Gargrave, so we are in Airedale. However, Malham is very close and spectacular and our area is often called Malhamdale.
More than 60,000 people live and work in the Dales playing a key role in helping to maintain the natural beauty. Much of the area is used for agriculture with residents living in small villages and hamlets or farms. Many miles of dry-stone walls and the traditional architecture has remained. Breeding cattle and sheep is still an important aspect of the economy.
Lead mining was very common in some parts of the Dales in the 19th century and some industrial remains can still be seen.
In 2014 The Yorkshire Dales played a role in the Tour de France! creating a great day in Skipton watching all the cyclists!
In this area of my website I will post photographs of my favorite areas.