The Yorkshire Dales has many moods; it can be wild and windswept or quietly tranquil. From limestone crags and pavements, to an underground wonderment of caves; dry-stone walls and stone-built villages, to picturesque waterfalls. The Yorkshire Dales offers a variety of landscapes which change beautifully as each season passes, making this area an absolute pleasure to visit all year round.
I had the pleasure of visiting the idyllic West Burton today and spent time with our fabulous arty Katherine Ralph from Uncles Creative Workshop – I also took a little time to soak up the beauty of the surrounding area and felt as if I was on holiday for a few hours!
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Here’s 3 bite-size facts about The Yorkshire Dales…
The Yorkshire Dales is the second largest National Park in England (after The Lake District), covering some 680 square miles.
Yorkshire Feathermoss is the National Park’s only endemic species, not found anywhere else in the UK!
There are 8,689 kilometres of dry-stone walls in the National Park.
Looking for things to do in the Yorkshire Dales?
Are you a bit of a cheese lover? Then this could be the hands on experience you’ve been waiting for. You take part in a full days cheese making at Lacey’s Cheese, an artisan cheese factory in the Yorkshire Dales. All aspects of cheese making including: waxing of the cheese, cheese grading and (the best bit!) cheese tasting, will be experienced. Simon keeps the course fun and informal and will encourage you to be as hands on as you want to be.
A fabulous taster art experience package for those wanting to try out a number of techniques in the stunning Yorkshire Dales National Park. Katherine at Uncles Creative Workshop will introduce you to a range of techniques which could include glass fusion, glass painting, lino block relief, batik and ink painting with full demonstrations throughout the day. You will complete a selection of art work to take home.
A unique package for budding photographers everywhere. This photographic rural ramble will see you exploring and photographing the beautiful and unspoilt Walden Valley. Your gentle ramble through the Walden Valley will be tailored to your group (2 miles to 4 miles along gentle terrain) and will provide many opportunities to stop and photograph the wildlife, bird life and stunning landscape including Buckden Pike and surrounding waterfalls. Katherine will teach basic camera function and photograph composition with lots of demonstrations throughout the day.
A delightful package for those wanting a full day’s landscape and still life painting experience in this stunning setting. Katherine will introduce you to still life painting and landscape painting through a range of medium: experience and explore a range of painting and drawing medium within studios (or outside weather permitting!) surrounded by the Yorkshire Dales. You will be inspired by all that you see, using specialist brushes, pencils and papers you will spend the day developing known or learnt painting and drawing skills.
Do you need to press the reset button? Get back to nature and do something to counter a busy, stressful lifestyle? What could be more rewarding than a day spent riding around the stunning Yorkshire Dales countryside with a group of friends? The Yorkshire Dales and particularly Swaledale offers some of the best natural riding in the country. With Alfresco Adventures, cycle your way around this area of natural beauty!