Finding Your Ideal Yorkhsire Dales Hotel

April 4, 2012 · Posted in Family 

The beautiful Yorkshire Dales National park is famous for being one of the most picturesque areas of the United Kingdom. Loved for its unique combination of rolling hills, wooded river valleys and windswept moorland, the Yorkshire Dales have earned a reputation for being an incredibly popular tourist destination.

The ideal choice for either a short break or a week away, the Dales actually cover an area of just under 700 square miles and so finding your ideal Yorkhsire Dales hotel can seem a little daunting at first! However, the Yorkhsire Dales is incredibly well geared up to cater for visitors which makes the search a whole lot easier. Here are a few ideas on great places to stay to help you narrow down your hotel search!

The Dales National Park covers a large area of North Yorkshire, from Wharefdale in the south right up to Swaledale in the north. The Yorkshire Dales are very well served by transport links which makes getting about very easy, either by car or by using the excellent public transport services on offer.

If you’d like to stay in the Dales for just a weekend break or short holiday, finding a Yorkshire Dales hotel in one of the many villages or small towns is probably the best idea. There are a wealth of lovely, characterful market towns and pretty villages based in or close to the National Park, making them perfect bases for a weekend stay. At the northern end of the National Park you’ll find Aysgarth and Hawes, for example, both excellent locations from which to explore the Dales scenery.

Close to the unusual limestone pavements which are an unusual feature of the landscape of the southern Dales, you will find the lovely villages of Malham and Grassington. The beautiful Bolton Abbey estate, Yorkhsire home of the Duke of Devonshire, is at the very southern edge of the Dales and this area of the National Park can be easily reached on public transport from Leeds and Bradford.

The location of your Dales holiday will of course also depend on what you like to do when you’re on holiday! Although the Yorkshire Dales make the perfect place for a relaxing break, there are also some wonderful opportunities for getting out and about and enjoying everything that the stunning Dales landscape has to offer.

If hill walking is your thing you’ll be spoilt for choice: the famous Yorkshire three peaks of Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough are all in the National Park and offer a not-to-be-missed opportunity for anyone looking for a strenuous challenge!

Each area of the Dales boast its own diverse scenery and character; Bolton Abbey in Lower Wharefedale is set amongst beautiful woodland on the banks of the River Wharfe whilst Reeth in the northern Dales nestles in wild moorland. Finding the perfect Yorkshire Dales hotel should be pretty straightforward as the region as whole boasts some fantastic accommodation.

Sally Carter has returned to the UK having spent several years working in the United States and is now running a successful yorkshire dales hotel. Having spent many happy holidays in the Dales, Sally loves living and working in this wonderful region.

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