Yorkshire Dales National Park Attractions
The Yorkshire Dales lie in the northwest of Yorkshire and are a particularly charming area of great natural beauty and variety. The Yorkshire Dales National Park takes in Wharfedale, the valley of the River Wharfe, Upper Ribblesdale, Wensleydale, Swaledale and the south side of Teesdale, together with their side valleys. The name "Dales" comes from the Scandinavian word "Thal" and, in contrast to the word "Vale" used generally to mean valley, specifically refers to the boggy valleys fed by rivers flowing down from the Pennines.The Yorkshire Dales cover an area of about 645sq.mi/1,670sq.km and rise to an average height of 600ft/183m, with individual summits of up to 2,000ft/610m. Common to all the dales is their scanty population, but each has its own particular character. Walking enthusiasts find here an area rich in variety. Ribblesdale is the most dramatic of the dales, with waterfalls and towering crags, interesting caves and large quarries. Swaledale is also wild in parts, with rugged gorges and jagged rocks. Wharfedale, particularly Upper Wharfedale, is a gentler valley of great beauty. Wensleydale, geologically called Yoredale, is wider, with waterfalls and areas of heath.Lead was mined in the Yorkshire Dales in Roman times, and continued to be worked until the end of the 19th century when cheap imports made the mines uneconomic. The main economic resource is now agriculture, particularly livestock and cattle farming. There are also quarries producing some high-quality limestone, which is used for a variety of purposes.
Clapham's Ingleborough Cave, Clapham, England
The Ingleborough Estate Nature Trail in Clapham leads to the entrance of the cave. At the cave, a 50 minute guided tour will take you through the passages where you will see stalacites, stalagmites, fossils, ice age deposits and cave coral.Clapham has a number of places of interest and outdoor activities available to visitors.
Dales Way Walking Trail
This 81mi/130km trail crosses the magnificent Yorkshire Dales. The path runs from both Leeds and Bradford in West Yorkshire to Bowness-on-Windermere in the Lake District. The trail follows the Warfe, Dee, Lune and Ken rivers and basses by the historic Bolton Abbey.