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Aug 14 2019 / James Thompson

11 Best Things To Do In The Yorkshire Dales

Our distillery is tucked away in a village called Kettlesing in the Yorkshire Dales. A fantastically beautiful area, and the inspiration behind our Sing Gin! Our home has given us so much, so we’d like to share some insider tips on the best places to visit and things to do in the Yorkshire Dales.

With breathtaking valleys, moors, waterfalls and quaint villages offering glorious scenic walks, there’s so much to see and do in the Yorkshire Dales National Park! Here are some of the fabulous Yorkshire attractions that inspired us to create Sing Gin, a spirit that captures the beauty and character of our local landscape.

 

Top Yorkshire Dales Attractions

 

1. Malham Cove

For sheer breathtaking beauty, try Malham Cove. This curving limestone rock face is shaped like an amphitheatre, making it an unusual sight. It attracts rock climbers, nesting peregrine falcons, and offers incredible clifftop views over the dale below! This is one of the top places to see in the Yorkshire Dales and perfect for outdoorsy folk. Fun fact: parts of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows were filmed at this famous Yorkshire destination!

 

2. Fountains Abbey

Fountains Abbey is a popular place to go in the Yorkshire Dales

World Heritage Site Fountains Abbey is a truly special place for us. We reckon this is the most beautiful place to visit in the Yorkshire Dales! As well as abbey ruins that are the oldest in England, there’s also the Studley Royal Water Garden, which inspired our Sing Gin branding. The blue of our bottle reflects the quality of the water in the folly there. Read the Sing Gin story to find out more about how Yorkshire has been our muse.

 

3. Aysgarth Falls

Aysgarth Falls is home to stunning woodland and a triple flight of waterfalls which featured in the film, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Located on the River Ure, this is among the most spectacular attractions in the Yorkshire Dales. Pack your walking boots and get exploring this magnificent sight – you won’t regret it. If you need to warm up after your stomp, you can get a decent brew and some cake in the cafe there.

 

4. Coldstone’s Cut

Art lovers should visit Coldstone’s Cut while they’re in the Yorkshire Dales. This is Yorkshire’s biggest and highest public artwork with spectacular views of a working mine and surrounding Nidderdale, another of the most stunning places in the Yorkshire Dales. It was created by the artist Andrew Sabin and visitors are always impressed by its architecture.

 

5. Gaping Gill

Close to Coldstone’s Cut, Gaping Gill is a famous cave and one of Britain’s largest underground chambers. 98m deep at its highest peak, there’s an enchanting waterfall inside for most of the year. You can walk to the top of the shaft from the Yorkshire Dales village of Clapham and stop for a glimpse of a limestone gorge called Trow Gill. The attraction is only open at certain times, so check ahead of your visit whether it will be open when you plan to go.

 

6. Ribblehead Viaduct

Ribblehead Viaduct

Ribblehead Viaduct is a triumph of Victorian engineering and carries the Settle–Carlisle railway, passing through the famous Three Peaks. It has 24 huge stone arches that reach 104 feet (32 metres) above the moor. If you’re a photography lover looking for photogenic places in the Yorkshire Dales, you can’t miss this!

 

7. Bolton Castle

Bolton Castle where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned offers a dungeon, old kitchens, armoury, falconry displays, beautiful gardens and maze, and countless family activities in the Yorkshire Dales. This is one of England’s best preserved castles with about one third of the rooms still intact and it dates back to 1399. Well worth a visit.

 

8. Dales Countryside Museum

Located in the former Victorian railway station in Hawes, this wonderful museum tells the story of the Yorkshire Dales and the people who have lived and worked here for thousands of years. You can learn all about how people lived off the local landscape – the very landscape that inspired Sing Gin.

 

9. Kilnsey Park

Offering family fishing and a fantastic nature trail, Kilnsey Park is a great place to go for a day out in the Yorkshire Dales. You can explore the Dales from horseback and try all manner of fun activities there. Kilnsey Park is located in Wharfedale. You can taste some delicious local Yorkshire delicacies in the cafe there.

 

10. Parcevall Hall

At Skyreholme near the village of Appletreewick in Wharfedale, Parcevall Hall is a Grade II* listed manor house with 24 acres of stunning landscaped gardens that are perfect for picnics. The gardens are one of the most peaceful places to visit in the Yorkshire Dales.

 

11. Ripley Castle

Very close to our Yorkshire Dales distillery in Kettlesing, Ripley Castle is among the best things to see in the Yorkshire Dales. Over 700 years old; the castle has lakes, a deer park, walled gardens, hothouses and more to explore. The grounds are particularly attractive in Spring, when they’re in full bloom. If you’re looking for historic attractions in the Yorkshire Dales, Ripley Castle won’t disappoint.

 

We hope this has given you lots of inspiration to explore and see the very best bits of the Yorkshire Dales if you find yourself in our neck of the woods.

 

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Sing Gin's guide to the Yorkshire Dales