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Heart of the Yorkshire Dales

Heart of the Yorkshire Dales

Heart of the Yorkshire Dales Overview

Verdant slopes criss-crossed by drystone walls, striking castles, and even more impressive waterfalls… This self-guided walking holiday explores picturesque Wensleydale in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, and features three atmospheric bases: Middleham, Aysgarth and Sedbusk.

If the Yorkshire Dales constitute some of the most glorious landscapes in England – they are, after all, one of just ten National Parks – then Wensleydale is one of its prettiest valleys, boasting a fast-flowing river, imposing castle ruins, traditional stone villages and verdant slopes criss-crossed with drystone walls. Our walking holiday explores this spectacular dale from east to west, leading past several famous waterfalls as you walk from historic Middleham – whose ruined 12th-century castle was once the favourite home of King Richard III – to Hawes which, at 255 metres above sea level, is one of England’s highest market towns, and home to the Wensleydale Creamery.
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