~ Around Us ~
Try one of more than 140 guided walks;
Those planning a walking holiday will be spoilt for choice, as there are more than 140 guided walks to enjoy in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Up for a challenge? Then you may want to try tackling one (or all) of the Three Peaks: Pen-y-Ghent, Ingleborough or Whernside. Of course, there's lots more to do and see in the National Park. Hundreds of events run throughout the year, ranging from traditional farming shows and beer festivals, to bat walks and stream dipping. There's something for all the family to enjoy.
Go shopping in Harrogate;
Shopaholics will love Harrogate, which has a wide selection of boutique and designer stores, as well as the usual high street favourites. Recover from all that retail therapy at the famous Bettys Café, which serves delicious Swiss confectionery and a huge range of teas and coffees. If you have time, the Royal Pump Room Museum offers a fascinating glimpse into this spa town's past, and is well worth a visit.
Go birdwatching in Wensleydale;
It may be most well-known for its cheese, but Wensleydale is also home to many species of birds. In particular, look out for some impressive birds of prey, including the kestrel and peregrine falcon. We recommend picking up one of the Yorkshire Dales Bird Guides, which share some great suggestions for birdwatching activities.
Enjoy a day out in Hawes;
This bustling market town has lots to offer, including the Dales Countryside Museum and that scrumptious Wensleydale cheese we mentioned earlier. We recommend you visit on a Tuesday, as that's market day. If you fancy stretching your legs, go for a stroll around the Hawes Town Trail or Millennium Way. Afterwards, relax in one of the many delightful restaurants, cafés or pubs.
See the beautiful Aysgarth Falls;
Film fans may recognise Aysgarth Falls from the motion picture Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. This beautiful stretch of water is known for its triple flight of waterfalls. On a warm, sunny day, the riverside walk which takes you past all three waterfalls, is an absolute pleasure. The most impressive, though, is Hardraw Force, the highest single-drop waterfall in England.