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Greentraveller's Guide to the Yorkshire Dales

Posted by Florence Fortnam at 02:15 on Thursday 24 January 2013

As part of our celebration of the most beautiful, natural areas in the UK, we've published a Greentraveller's Guide to the Yorkshire Dales.

We're all familiar with the National Park's lush green valleys, laced with ribbons of dry stone walling, but how well do you know the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a protected landscape of remote heather moorland and gently rolling farmland lying to the east of the National Park? Our Greentraveller's Guide to the Yorkshire Dales introduces you to these two very special, very distinct landscapes, offering plenty of ideas and information to those in search of a holiday with that special, local touch.

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A family exploring the Yorkshire Dales. Photo: YDNPAA family exploring the Yorkshire Dales. Photo: YDNPA

Whether you're settled on a holiday in the National Park, or are interested in heading further east to discover the delights of the Nidderdale AONB - or you need some suggestions to help you decide - you'll find plenty of food for thought amongst the pages of our guides. We've chosen the best green places to stay in the area, from remote stone cottages with big sky views and stately homes set in hundreds of acres of gorgeous parkland, to traditional pubs and inns where you can feast on great Yorkshire produce. We've even discovered some off-grid, hand-crafted woodland huts for the glampers amongst you, complete with woodburners and skylights for star-gazing.

Our team of travel writers has scoured the region for great places to eat and drink too - you're guaranteed to find local, seasonal food at all the tearooms, cafés, pubs and restaurants that we've listed. We've also included lots of places to visit in the National Park and the AONB, from abbey ruins and medieval castles, to family-friendly days out at farms, parks and animal sanctuaries, plus we've listed lots of walking and cycling routes throughout the National Park and AONB. The Yorkshire Dales is easy to get to without a car and you'll find all the information you need for travelling to and around the region by public transport.

Here are a taster of what you'll find in our latest Greentraveller destination guide:

Places to stay

Back to nature at The Bivouac Six beautifully-crafted timber frame shacks set in 20,000 acres of sweeping views in the Nidderdale AONB. Interiors are snug, with upcycled wooden furniture and woodburners, whilst wooden verandahs to the front allow you to gaze at the views from your rocking chair. They also have a cluster of yurts and a bunk barn for groups or walkers passing through.

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The innovative cosy log cabins at Bivouac. Photo: Richard HammondThe innovative cosy log cabins at Bivouac. Photo: Richard HammondThe Angel Inn Few holiday experiences are as deliciously satisfying as feasting on local food and then retiring, full-bellied, to the comfort of a lovely bedroom. At the Angel Inn, you can do just that: tuck into award-winning food, such as chump of Yorkshire lamb, and sleep soundly in beautifully-furnished rooms with gorgeous views.

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Fine dining at the Burlington Arms.Fine dining at the Burlington Arms.Places to eat

Fine dining at The Burlington Arms This is one of Yorkshire's finest dining addresses. Head chef, Steve Smith, makes use of the estate's beef, lamb and duck, and much produce from the kitchen gardens - the wine list has won awards, too.

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A tankard or two It would be rude to visit Yorkshire without sampling a bit of local ale. At the Black Sheep Brewery, visitors can join site tours and pop into the 'Black Sheep Baa..r' for s spot of lunch or dinner; and a pint, of course.

>> See more places to eat in the Nidderdale AONB

The awe-inspiring Bolton Abbey. Photo Jane DunfordThe awe-inspiring Bolton Abbey. Photo Jane DunfordVisitor attractions

Awesome ruins There is more to the Bolton Abbey estate than the 12th century abbey ruins, stunning though they are. The estate covers almost 30,000 acres and includes some 80 miles of footpaths, which wend their way along the riverbanks and through woods and moorland. The Bolton Abbey Spy Cards will keep chidren entertained.

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How Stean Gorge This spectacular 80ft limestone gorge near Lofthouse village is a perfect natural playground. For a gentle adventure you can follow the maze of footpaths beside the gorge, checking out the plunging waterfalls along the way, but for more adrenaline-pumping activity there’s plenty of choice from abseiling to caving or canoeing.

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Taking a stroll with a llama. Photo: Jane DunfordTaking a stroll with a llama. Photo: Jane DunfordActivities

Walking with llamas Spending an afternoon with a llama may not be the obvious way to pass the time whilst on holiday, but the furry creatures at Nidderdale Llamas are in fact incredibly good company. This family-run trekking centre organises half-mile to 8-mile treks through the surrounding Dales countryside. The herd of friendly llamas is 18-strong; and if you become particularly fond of your fluffy companion, you can even adopt him at the end of your visit (don't worry, you don't have to take him away with you).

>> See other family-friendly things to do in the Nidderdale AONB

Head underground You may have admired the undulating limestone hills from above, but have you given thought to venturing underground to see them from a different viewpoint? The Limestone landscape is riddled with caverns, so it's not surprising that caving is big in the Yorkshire Dales. Rock Steady Adventure takes groups and individuals to explore the complex of caves, pools and underground waterfalls.

>> Have a look at other fun-filled things to do in the Yorkshire Dales National Park

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