As James Herriot wrote "........on the empty moors, with curlews crying, I have been able to find peace and tranquillity. It is a land of pure air, rocky streams and hidden waterfalls."
Dark Skies image kindly provided by Matthew Savage
Places to visit.
Richmond: A short trip along the valley is the Georgian market town of Richmond, where you will find Richmond Castle, the Georgian Theatre Royal, Easby Abbey, the Green Howards Museum and The Station, where you can sample local produce and enjoy a tasty meal. Follow the route of The Drummer Boy for an easy walk in Richmond. Near to Richmond is Kiplin Hall, once the country seat of the founder of Maryland, U.S.A.
Richard III country: The area is steeped in history boasting of not one but three castles linked to Richard III, Middleham, Barnard Castle and Raby castle and all are within a 25-45 minute drive away.
Wensleydale: A short drive over Grinton Moor is Leyburn, a thriving Yorkshire market town with shops, tea rooms and Tennants the renowned auction house which hosts exhibitions and concerts and is a great place for lunch or afternoon tea.. Attractions in Wensleydale include the White Rose Candle Workshop, Bolton Castle, Berry’s Farm Shop, Aysgarth Falls, Wensleydale Creameries, Hawes, Jervaulx Abbey and Brymor Ice Cream.
Teesdale: Spend the day in Barnard Castle and The Bowes Museum or Raby Castle then drive along to High Force, the most spectacular waterfall in England.
Dark Skies: The Yorkshire Dales National Park is a designated dark sky area so an ideal location from which to do some star gazing; Tan Hill, a Dark Sky Site is a 20 minute drive up Arkengarthdale and a great place from which to see the Milky Way, meteor showers or even the Northern Lights!
Adventure seekers: Those looking for excitement should try Yorkshire Trike Tour and see the Yorkshire Dales on a 3 seater Boom Mustang motor trike! www.yorkshiretriketours.co.uk
Alfresco Adventures: Experience all the outdoors has to offer including canoeing, kayaking, archery, gorge walking and more! www.alfrescoadventures.co.uk
Nature: Wldlife Discovery Tours provides guided walks which explores landscapes and habitats www.wildlifediscoverytours.co.uk or if photography is of more interest, then Wild Dales Photography provides workshops and one-to-one tuition as featured on 'Countryfile'.
Red squirrels can be seen at Snaizeholme near Hawes; a shuttle bus runs from the YDNP centre to the nature reserve.
Needing more inspiration, then visit www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/visit-the-dales or DalesBound, where you can find hundreds of exciting activities in the area.