Yorkshire Dales (Slow Travel)
Publication Date: 07th Jun 2024
Yorkshire Dales Slow Travel guide. Expert local tips and holiday advice including Nidderdale, Wharfedale, Swaledale and Wensleydale. Features Malham, Grassington, Aysgarth Falls, Fountains Abbey, Gaping Gill, Howgill Fells, Three Peaks and Harrogate. Also covers walking, cycling, castles, accommodation, food, wild swimming and Dark Skies sites.
About this book
This new, thoroughly updated third edition of Yorkshire Dales (Slow Travel), part of Bradt’s series of distinctive ‘Slow’ travel guides to local UK regions, remains the most comprehensive guide to the area and covers the whole of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty plus nearby ‘slow’ and historic towns and villages.
The Yorkshire Dales could have been invented for modern travel. The region’s cinematic caves, valleys, waterfalls and limestone geology are famous round the world. Within a short walk are filmset-perfect traditional pubs and cafes where you are as likely to chat to shepherds as celebrities.
The Dales have never been places to hurry. In the new travel world where ‘slow’, ‘sustainable’ and ‘local’ are many people’s watchwords, this remarkable English region offers much to savour at leisure – like one of its renowned artisan cheeses or beers. Written and updated by two Yorkshire residents and outdoors enthusiasts, Bradt’s Yorkshire Dales complements well-known honeypots (Aysgarth Falls, Malham, Grassington) with off-piste gems that you’ll have to yourself, whether wild swimming spots, hidden caves, Dark Skies sites or traditional stone villages.
With hundreds of square kilometres of open-access land to explore, the Dales are one of the UK’s premier hillwalking destinations, hosting much-loved routes such as the Pennine Way, Three Peaks, Dales Way and the recently upgraded Coast to Coast. The Dales have also become known as one of England’s finest places for cycling, whether for family trips, e-bikers or hardcore road racers, prompting hopes that the Tour de Yorkshire will return.
Drop in to the Tan Hill Inn, Britain’s highest pub, where sheep regularly warm themselves by the roaring fire; journey into the depths of Gaping Gill, one of Britain’s largest underground chambers; visit book-loving Sedbergh, where even the bus stops have bookshelves; or take a scenic rail trip on the famous Settle-Carlisle line, crossing the country’s longest railway viaduct. History buffs will love medieval castles including Skipton and Richmond, while wildlife-watchers will enjoy the birds of sparkling rivers and limestone-pavement flora. Bradt’s Yorkshire Dales (Slow Travel) is the perfect companion for a successful trip.
About the Author
On leaving his Lancashire school, Mike Bagshaw moved to the rival county of Yorkshire (missionary work was his excuse at the time) and loved it so much that he has lived there ever since – 35 years and counting. After studying zoology and training as a teacher, he spent almost all his entire working career in an outdoor-education centre in North Yorkshire. Although officially retired, Bagshaw continues to explore Yorkshire’s nooks and crannies by bicycle, canoe and on foot. With a keen interest the region’s wildlife, landscapes, crafts, architecture, local history, folklore and pubs, and a home base in Whitby, he is well placed to paint a personal picture of special places. As well as authoring North York Moors, a sister title in Bradt’s Slow travel series, Bagshaw writes nature columns for local newspapers and magazines, and volunteers for the North York Moors National Park and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.
Additional InformationTable of Contents
1 THE CUMBRIAN CORNER
Self-powered travel, The Westmorland Scars & Kirkby Stephen, Mallerstang & Garsdale, The Howgills & Sedbergh
2 THREE PEAKS COUNTRY
Self-powered travel, The southern fringe, The Lune Valley, Ribblesdale
3 CRAVEN & WHARFEDALE
Self-powered travel, Craven, Mid Wharfedale, Upper Wharfedale
Self-powered travel, Upper Swaledale, Mid Swaledale: around Reeth, Lower Swaledale: including Richmond
Self-powered travel, Upper Wensleydale: Hawes, Gayle & Hardraw, Mid Wensleydale: Askrigg to West Witton, Lower Wensleydale: Wensley to Bedale
6 NIDDERDALE, HARROGATE & AROUND
Self-powered travel, Upper Nidderdale: Nidd Head to Pateley Bridge, Eastern Nidderdale, Knaresborough & Harrogate, North from Harrogate to Masham