About this book
This new, thoroughly updated edition of Yorkshire Dales, part of Bradt’s series of distinctive ‘Slow’ guides to local UK regions, remains the most comprehensive guide to the area and covers the whole of the recently extended Yorkshire Dales National Park and Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty as well as some ‘slow’ and historic towns and villages just outside the boundaries.
Dale by dale, each chapter covers wildlife, folklore, history and local food and drink, and suggests routes to follow to see the best of it all. Walking and cycling are included, as well as all the attractions and advice needed for a memorable visit. Written by an expert who has lived and worked in the area for over 30 years, the guide draws from his personal experiences as an outdoor enthusiast, naturalist and beer connoisseur.
The Yorkshire Dales is famous internationally for its caves, scenic rivers, waterfalls and limestone flora but the lives and culture of the Dales folk that live there are just as fascinating. These days the area is also known for the Tour de Yorkshire, now firmly established as a hugely popular annual cycling event.
Ease the pace and discover the delights of the north Pennines, where rivers from the limestone uplands have forged the dales that give the region its name. Drop in to the Tan Hill Inn, the highest pub in Britain, where sheep regularly find their way in to warm themselves by the roaring fire; journey into the depths of Gaping Gill, one of the largest underground chambers in Britain; or take a scenic rail trip on the famous Settle-Carlisle line, crossing the longest railway viaduct in the country at Ribblehead en route.
The Yorkshire Dales offer hundreds of square miles of open-access land to explore, popular long-distance footpaths including the Pennine Way and Coast to Coast Walk, renowned medieval castles such as Skipton and Richmond, quaint stone villages and an exceptionally rich wildlife particularly associated with clean rivers and limestone-pavement flora. Discover all this and more with Bradt’s Slow Travel Yorkshire Dales, the perfect companion for a successful trip.
About the author
On leaving school in his home town in Lancashire, 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. After studying zoology and training as a teacher at Sheffield University, almost all of his working career has been spent in an outdoor education centre in North Yorkshire. Many happy hours were passed river canoeing with school children or sitting alone up on the high fells of the Yorkshire Dales monitoring Duke of Edinburgh expedition groups though binoculars – tough work, but somebody had to do it.
Although officially retired he continues to explore the nooks and crannies of his home county by bike, canoe and on foot. With a love of the wildlife and landscapes of the region and a keen interest in its crafts, architecture, local history, folklore and pubs, he is well placed to paint a personal picture of this special place.
Mike lives near Whitby on the Yorkshire coast with his wife Lois and two dogs and spends his non-travelling time managing the small birch woodland they own, volunteering for the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and writing regular nature columns for local newspapers and magazines.
GOING SLOW IN THE YORKSHIRE DALES
A Dales timeline, Flowers of the Dales, Wildlife of the Dales, Sheep of the Dales, There’s lead in them there hills, Savouring the taste, Car-free travel, How this book is arranged
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
'Eye-opening and wonderful' The Sunday Times Magazine
'With a rich level of local detail, these guides get under the skin of Britain's most relaxing spots.' Wanderlust Magazine