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Inspirational cottage holidays in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales

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Stay Deep in the Dales in Deepdale in a self-catering cottage


Rent a secluded cottage in the Yorkshire Dales for peace and solitude in the midst of beauty.

Yorkshire Dales cottages to rent in the national parkThis lesser known and secluded dale is part of the famed Yorkshire Dales National Park and is a tributary valley of Dentdale. It lies north west of the summit of Whernside, which is the highest peak in Yorkshire and one of the peaks that make up the Three Peaks walk, along with Ingleborough and Pen-y-Ghent. Walkers in their hundreds head for Dales, accompanied by people in the summer who want to enjoy something of the countryside and northern English hospitality. The stone Dales villages have character and atmosphere that can be felt as well as seen.

The scenery here is something to behold and families keen on walking will relish discovering various routes. If you want to do a section of a longer established walk, The Dales Way runs along neighbouring Dentdale. The entire route is 84 miles, starting in Ilkley in West Yorkshire and ending in Bowness-on-Windermere in Cumbria. View  self catering cottages to rent in Windermere, close to the village of Bowness-on-Windermere, on the lake near the end of the walk.

The nearby village of Dent is known for its cobbled streets and its pink granite fountain, built as a tribute to a famous, pioneering geologist from the village. The 12th century Church of St. Andrew, with its Norman features, is most impressive.

Dentdale ViaductAlso noteworthy is Dent Railway Station, the highest station in the country, at an elevation of 1,150 feet above sea level. The Grade II listed station buildings are now privately owned and were extensively restored in 2006. Railway enthusiasts will know that the celebrated Carlisle to Settle Railway line runs through this area. Dubbed the most scenic railway line in Britain, this historic railway stretches for 72 miles and landmarks such as the Ribblehead Viaduct, with its elegant arches, make it very special. To find out about the local history of the area and its people, visitors can browse the exhibits at the Dent Heritage Centre.

The hamlet of Cowgill is the location for Dent Brewery, said to be one of the most remote places in the UK for a brewery to be situated. The public is invited to tour the brewery and learn all about its award winning products, made with the help of the local spring water. The brewery produces special ales, bottled beers and cask ales.

Deepdale has a very pleasing waterfall that attracts tourists in the area. Conveniently situated just off the main road near Dent, Lockin Garth Force is one of a series of falls over Gastack Beck.

fell running yorkshire dalesBuckden in Upper Wharfedale is just a few miles away and offers families and walkers more opportunities. Riverside walks are relaxing here, but if you want something more challenging, Buckden Pike (2,303 feet) is the fourth highest summit in the southern part of the Yorkshire Dales and is higher than Pen-y-Ghent, one third of the Three Peaks. For a very strenuous test, the Buckden Pike Fell Race is part of the village’s gala day every year on the third Saturday in June. Starting on the Village Green, participants run four miles and cross the finishing line at the gala field, having endured a 1,500-foot climb. This race forms part of the fell racing national championship. The gala, known as the Village Fete and Sheep Show, is a fun day with children’s games, stalls selling locally made produce and an evening dance at the Institute.

The Yorkshire Dales include some remote places, not so well known to the outside world. These dales, Deepdale amongst them, have a lot of charm, where the locals know how to enjoy life whilst preserving old and cherished traditions. Come, rent a holiday cottage in Yorkshire and enjoy something different to the norm for an alternative view of life.