The Yorkshire Dales National Park was established in 1954 and covers an area of 1,762 square kilometres (680 square miles) in the north of England, straddling the central Pennines in the counties of North Yorkshire and Cumbria. It is 50 miles (80.5 kilometres) north east of Manchester; Leeds and Bradford lie to the south, while Kendal is to the west and Darlington to the east.
The area’s long history of livestock farming has given rise to distinct sheep breeds and its tradition of cheese making. Livestock farming, sheep in particular, is deeply interwoven into Dales life and culture, with sheep rearing, livestock sales and local agricultural shows playing an important part in the lives of its people.
Traditional Dales architecture is distinctive and, through the local building materials used, it links directly to the area’s geology. This strong identity generates a firm sense of place and history.
The National Park is characterised by numerous small, attractive and compact villages and hamlets most of which have been there for over a thousand years. They are still largely unspoilt and retain a very traditional and intimate atmosphere as well as a sense of continuity and stability.
The Settle-Carlisle Railway is unique and displays impressive engineering and conserved Midland Railway architecture. It offers a very special way of enjoying the dramatic landscape along its route.
In the National Park there are nearly 1,500 species of moths, 100 species of nesting birds, 36 species of butterflies, 30 species of mammals, hundreds of plant species and more…
With its open fells and numerous valleys, the Dales offers expansive views that show the area’s true beauty and variety …we are hoping that our selection of books will give you a taste of our area…
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