A beautiful natural area that spans a few counties in Northern England, Yorkshire Dales National Park is a masterpiece of waterfall strewn valleys and high moors, making for an adventure for quite a variety of interests. Just be aware that due to its location approximate to a number of the larger cities in England the Dales can get quite busy with tourist traffic, especially during the summer.
We suggest going in the spring, when you can see the flowers in bloom, view the mad rush of waterfalls like Hardraw Force and Cautley Spout, and visit a popular bird-watching spot with a spectacular view called Malham Cove. Then again, you can embark on quite a selection of hikes any time of the year. There are some stellar distance treks like the 270 mile Pennine Way or the Dales Way route that runs from Ilkley to Bowness-on-Windermere. Then again, you could attempt to cram the park's three magnificent peaks (Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough) into a single day, braving 24.5 miles and over 5,000 feet of elevation change. Rock climbers will be quite happy with the limestone crags of the region, although true challenge can be sought out at the sites of Kilnsey, Malham Cove and Gordale Scar. There are also extensive cave systems in the Dales; get equipped and go with one of the over a dozen caving clubs in the area or even settle for show caves like Stump Cross, Ingleborough, or White Scar.
For much more on Yorkshire Dales, visit the official website.