There’s no place like the English countryside, and Yorkshire is one of my favorite areas to enjoy it. Which is why I’m happy my great British road trip is continuing there. After a lovely time in the Lake District, I’m looking forward to spending 3 days in the Yorkshire Dales.
3 Days in the Yorkshire Dales
My boyfriend and I hop in our camper van and drive through stunning scenery to get from Cumbria to Yorkshire. Once in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, we base ourselves in the village of Ingleton. It’s on the southern border of the park, and a good base for the walks and natural beauty the area is known for. It’s pretty, too.
Walks in the Yorkshire Dales
We start our visit with the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail, a 4-mile walk that takes us along beautiful falls and though sheep-filled pastures. It’s a great introduction to the park, and sets the tone for the rest of the trip.
The next morning we set off to climb Ingleborough. It’s the second highest peak in the Yorkshire Dales and one of the Yorkshire Three Peaks. Things start off well, but as we ascend the rain sets in. By the time we’re near the top visibility is so low we can barely see in front of us, so we turn back before we reach the summit. It’s still been a rewarding hike, though, and we’re glad to have had the exercise.
The next day we hop in the van and try our luck at nearby Malham Cove.
This time the sun leads the way, and as we walk from the village to the curved limestone wall we’re rewarded with blue skies and beautiful views. It more than makes up for the inclement weather the day before.
Towns in the Yorkshire Dales
But it’s not all walking in the Yorkshire Dales. When we’re not exploring the trails, we’re enjoying the towns. One day we drive past the Ribblehead Viaduct into Hawes, a market town in the middle of the national park.
It’s a great place to explore, with pretty side streets and a high street full of shops. It’s also home to the Wensleydale Creamery, where the cheese made famous by the animated series Wallace & Gromit is made.
We pick up some cheese to take home and tuck in for a tasting after dinner. It feels good to have a treat after all the walking we’ve done, and it helps us prepare for the upcoming stage of our journey.
The next stop on our great British road trip is Chester. Stay tuned…
How would you spend 3 days in the Yorkshire Dales?