The Yorkshire Dales has some stunning countryside, with limestone crags and pavements, moorland and farmland. It’s my favourite place in the UK, but then maybe I am a little biased having grown up there!
Skipton is classed as the “Gateway to the Dales” in the south. Walking, climbing and mountain biking are all spectacular in the southern Dales – Grassington, Malham, Settle and Ingleton are all great places to base your stay.
The northern Dales (Swaledale & Wensleydale) has some fantastic mountain biking and walking.
Official website for the Yorkshire Dales National Park
Malham is a superb base for walking, mountain biking and climbing. The Malhamdale website is a comprehensive information site for planning your visit.
The Yorkshire Mountaineering Club produces guidebooks for both gritstone and limestone climbing in the area.
Rockfax have a couple of guidebooks covering the area – Northern Limestone and Northern Gritstone
The Vertebrate Publishing guidebooks for the Yorkshire Dales are split into North and South. If you want to head further afield, there are also guides for West Yorkshire and the North York Moors.
The Dales Bike Centre can provide information, advice and maps for mountain biking in the Swaledale area. They also have accommodation, cafe and bike shop.
Downloadable walking routes to download from the Yorkshire Dales National Park website