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5 Reasons to visit Yorkshire Dales | Review of my Yorkshire Dales Tour

As my one-day Yorkshire Dales tour came to an end on a beautiful day in August, I kept wondering why this stunning area still remained relatively unpopular for foreign tourists, compared to places such as London and its surrounding areas. Many people might have heard about the Yorkshire Dales National Park. However, only a few consider squeezing this gorgeous region into their UK travel itinerary. Well, if you’re one of these people, read on! I hope I can change your mind with these 5 reasons why a Yorkshire Dales tour should be on your bucket list.

All these photos were taken from my excellent one-day Yorkshire Dales tour with BOBHolidays. In fact, my experience in the Yorkshire Dales would not have been as amazing had it not been for the tour guide, who was highly knowledgeable and accommodating. You can read more about the tour at the end of this article. For now, let’s check out the 5 reasons why you certainly should visit the Yorkshire Dales.

1. Its brilliant scenery will take your breath away

The Yorkshire Dales’ limestone scenery is simply spectacular! Its vast heather moorland, lovely waterfalls and grand hay meadows make up a wonderfully diverse landscape of each dale (i.e. valley) in this area. During our Yorkshire Dales tour, the tour guide also explained in detail how geographical events in the past contributed to shaping the unique landscape here.

Moorland and meadow Yorkshire Dales tour

Moorland and meadow Yorkshire Dales

Landscape of Yorkshire Dales Tour

Landscape of Yorkshire Dales

Landscape of Yorkshire Dales Tour

Landscape of Yorkshire Dales

Aysgarth Fall - Yorkshire Dales Tour

Aysgarth Fall – Yorkshire Dales Tour

There are sheep roaming around on these meadows and sometimes (when their gates are left unlocked) abruptly crossing the road to give some entertaining moments to those driving by.

Sheep roaming around | Yorkshire Dales Tour

Sheep roaming around | Yorkshire Dales Tour

2. So many charming villages to wander around

During this Yorkshire Dales tour, we drove past many stone-built villages and small towns which, except from the cars, gave an impression that we were somehow momentarily transferred back to the 19th century. The tour guide let us stop a bit longer at Hawes, Arncliffe and Pateley Bridge, all of which were attractive in different ways.

Hawes

We had a 1.5 hour lunch stop at Hawes – a charming market town, where I got myself a delicious plate of chicken coronation sandwich with mango chutney at a lovely cafe. I also had the chance to fill my stomach with lots of (free) cheese. (Read number 3 below to find out about my cheese-tasting experience in Hawes). Other things to do in Hawes include visiting the Dales Countryside Museum, checking out the Hawes Ropemakers or just walking around the beautiful valleys and hills surrounding the town center.

Hawes | Yorkshire Dales Tour

Hawes town center | Yorkshire Dales Tour

Lovely cafe in Hawes | Yorkshire Dales Tour

Lovely cafe in Hawes | Yorkshire Dales Tour

Arncliffe

On the way back from the Yorkshire Dales, we also stopped at Arncliffe – a quaint peaceful village in Littondale. We then followed the tour guide for a short walk around. What attracted me most were the stone-built houses with dry stone walls, the closed-down beautifully-designed local school and the imposing church with an age-old “punishment tool” in front of its gate.

Arncliffe | Yorkshire Dales Tour

Stone-built houses with dry stone walls in Arncliffe | Yorkshire Dales Tour

The local church of Arncliffe | Yorkshire Dales Tour

The local church of Arncliffe | Yorkshire Dales Tour

The punishment tool in front of the church of Arncliffe | Yorkshire Dales Tour

The punishment tool in front of the church of Arncliffe | Yorkshire Dales Tour

The closed-down local school in Arncliffe | Yorkshire Dales Tour

The closed-down local school in Arncliffe | Yorkshire Dales Tour

Peteley Bridge

Our last stop before getting back to York is Pateley Bridge – a charismatic market town in Nidderdale. Pateley Bridge looked so pretty that I felt instantly in love with it! Those with a sweet tooth can also pick some mouth-watering chocolate at the oldest sweet shop in the world right here.

The oldest sweet shop in the world | Pateley Bridge | Yorkshire Dales Tour

The oldest sweet shop in the world | Pateley Bridge | Yorkshire Dales Tour

Must-try at the oldest sweet shop in the world | Pateley Bridge

Must-try at the oldest sweet shop in the world | Pateley Bridge

Beautiful alleys in Pateley Bridge | Yorkshire Dales Tour

Beautiful alleys in Pateley Bridge | Yorkshire Dales Tour

Pateley Bridge | Yorkshire Dales Tour

Pateley Bridge | Yorkshire Dales Tour

3. It’s perfect for cheese lovers <3

A highlight of my Yorkshire Dales tour is the visit at Wensleydale Creamery Visitor Centre. As a cheese-lover, I was over the moon to get to taste more than 20 different types of cheese produced right there in Wensleydale. I’d wanted to buy them all, but ended up buying the Blueberry and Pineapple cheese after thinking so hard as to which ones to pick. The good news is that our tour’s van also has a fridge to store the cheese we buy!

There’s also a cafe, a restaurant and a souvenir shop at Wensleydale Creamery Visitor Centre. For a small fee, you can also take a tour of the centre and observe how cheese is made in 40 minutes!

The Cheese Tasting Room | Wensleydale Creamery Visitor Center | Yorkshire Dales Tour

The Cheese Tasting Room | Wensleydale Creamery Visitor Center | Yorkshire Dales Tour

Ice-cream made from Wensleydale dairy | Wensleydale Creamery Visitor Center | Yorkshire Dales Tour

Ice-cream made from Wensleydale dairy | Wensleydale Creamery Visitor Center

Souvenir shop at Wensleydale Creamery Visitor Center | Yorkshire Dales Tour

Souvenir shop at Wensleydale Creamery Visitor Center

4. Castles and abbeys here are no less stunning

In addition to its gorgeous natural landscape, the Yorkshire Dales are also home to well-preserved medieval castles and abbeys. During our Yorkshire Dales tour, we visited the magnificent Bolton Castle where Mary Queen of Scots was once imprisoned for a month. The castle features a pretty garden of flowers and herbs and a dazzling maze. There are also lots of exciting activities here, such as archery demonstration, birds of prey display and wild boar feeding. (Note: These activities are organised at certain times during the day. Check out their website for a full timetable of activities!)

Bolton Castle | Yorkshire Dales Tour

Bolton Castle – where Mary Queen of Scots was captured for one month

The garden and maze at Bolton Castle | Yorkshire Dales Tour

The garden and maze at Bolton Castle

5. Filming locations for movie enthusiasts

Movie (and series) enthusiasts will love this Yorkshire Dales Tour, as the tour drives past many famous filming locations, such as Aysgarth Fall (in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves), the Falcon Inn (in the TV series Emmerdale Farm) and Askrigg (in the James Herriot All Creatures Great and Small TV series).

The Falcon Inn | Emmerdale Farm | Yorkshire Dales Tour

The Falcon Inn | Emmerdale Farm | Yorkshire Dales Tour

Choosing a Yorkshire Dales Tour

Has this list convinced you to consider Yorkshire Dales as your next holiday destination?

If you only have one day to spare, I’d highly recommend booking a Yorkshire Dales tour. My Yorkshire Dales tour with BOBH gave me a hassle-free travel experience and plenty of interesting knowledge about the region which I wouldn’t have known otherwise. BOBH is also highly ranked on Tripadvisor with very positive reviews, which are evidence for their great service. The tour departs at 9am from York and returns at around 6.30pm. They also run tours to Whitby and other places in Yorkshire. You can check out their full list of tours in Yorkshire here.

I’ve also made a short video of this Yorkshire Dales Tour with BOBH. (It looks nicer when being viewed on laptop than on mobile).

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5 Reasons to Visit Yorkshire Dales | Review of my Yorkshire Dales Tour

5 Reasons to Visit Yorkshire Dales | Review of my Yorkshire Dales Tour

5 Reasons to visit Yorkshire Dales | Review of my Yorkshire Dales Tour

5 Reasons to visit Yorkshire Dales | Review of my Yorkshire Dales Tour

Note: I was sponsored for this tour by BOBH, but of course all opinions here are my own.

 

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