Destination Spotlight - Yorkshire Dales


The dramatic landscape of the Yorkshire Dales has been attracting visitors for many years and the heart of the area has been designated as a National Park and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It encompasses thousands of square miles of moors, valleys, hills and villages and its unspoilt beauty and understated grandeur is an escape unlike anywhere else.

Find inspiration in the wild moors, get lost in ancient woodland or discover untold solitude on peaceful riverbanks. From breathtaking views to picturesque villages, the Peaks and Dales are rich in romance and heritage. For the thrill-seekers, there is cycling and cliffs to climb. For the rest of us, there are lakeside strolls and the finest cream cakes.


The Devonshire Hotels are a stylish selection of hotels, restaurants, holiday cottages, and a spa in the splendour of the English countryside. Situated in tranquil and unspoiled locations in Yorkshire and Derbyshire and owned by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire

The main hotel's 40 rooms offer the perfect base for an escape into the rural beauty of the Yorkshire Dales. Designed with luxury and comfort in mind, each room includes all of the amenities you’d expect from a superior hotel. Set in thousands of acres of spectacular surroundings, you can social distance with ease and unwind in peace.

Dining is truly an experience, where you’ll enjoy fresh local produce, top-class cooking, and gorgeous surroundings. The hotel offers everything from an indulgent, relaxing spa weekend to an array of  outdoor activities such as shooting, cycling, fly fishing and hiking/walking. A perfect escape to the everyday. Dog friendly.


1. Short & long walks

There’s no better way to explore the Yorkshire Dales than by foot. There are many varied short walks, like around Bolton Abbey or try a section of The Dales Way. This 80-mile long-distance footpath, takes you from the charming spa town of Ilkley in West Yorkshire to Bowness-on-Windermere in the beautiful Lake District National Park.

For the more adventurous the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge takes on the peaks of Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, usually in this order, and in under 12 hours. These peaks form part of the Pennine range and encircle the head of the valley of the River Ribble, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

2. Cycling

Cycling and mountain biking are a great way to take in the landscape and observe the wildlife of the Yorkshire Dales. There is a network of 900km of bridleways, by-ways and green lanes and you can be fully justified in stopping for a slab of cake or a pint of locally brewed beer.

The whole area provides fabulous cycling opportunities from gentle routes in the valleys to some challenging climbs over the moorland that separates them. It is no surprise that this area formed the central part of stage one of the Tour de France in 2014. Many top riders already train in the area with its quiet roads and fantastic variety of scenery.

3. Heritage Railways

Take a journey on a steam locomotive whilst admiring the scenery as you travel through the Dales. There are a number of heritage railway lines to choose from in the Yorkshire Dales – including the Wensleydale Railway, the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway and the Stainmore Railway.

Ribblehead Viaduct on the Settle-Carlisle line is a stunning piece of Victorian engineering in an iconic location in the middle of the Three Peaks.

4. Historical sites

There are many historic castles and abbey ruins in and around the Yorkshire Dales National Park to explore. Like Bolton Abbey and it’s 12th century monastery, located just minutes away from the Devonshire Hotel & Spa. There is a walk for everyone at Bolton Abbey, whether you wander beside the river, cross the exposed purple heights of the heather moorland or explore the woodland nature trails.

5. Towns and villages

Stop off at the quaint towns and villages dotted around the county. The spa town of Harrogate and the historical city of York have lots on offer for culture vultures and sight see-ers.

The town of Ilkley offers an abundance of walking routes; trails and panoramic views making it well worth a visit during your stay. Skipton, the southern gateway to the Dales grew wealthy as a trading centre for sheep and wool. A small and friendly town with nostalgic cobbled side streets, it began life when the owners of Skipton Castle acquired a market charter in 1204 and never looked back.


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