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The Village of Keld in the Yorkshire Dales


Keld is a Viking word derived from the word Kelda, meaning a water spring. It is just a small village located in Swaledale within the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the region of Richmondshire. The village was once, called Appletre Kelde - meaning the spring near the apple trees.

The village is also the crossing point of the coast-to-coast walk along the backbones of the Pennine way. Anyone planning a vacation that includes walking along this way will surely lead through this village and show everything it has to offer.

The Yorkshire Dales is a popular holiday cottage destination in the UK with local and international visitors. The main reason for this is purely because of its stunning scenery and wildlife. If you are in search of an activity holiday that will incorporate some pleasure with a bit of exercise then this is the best place on earth., One of the most visited areas around Keld is a set of four waterfalls at a limestone gorge on the River Swale. These are East Gill Force, Catrake Force, Kisdon Force and Wain Wath Force. So, if you own a camera then take it along because when the weather is good, you will be able to get some beautiful pictures for your album. It is such a fabulous view that you must not miss this opportunity; otherwise you will regret it forever. A photograph for of this area will be a perfect momento for all your friends and family.

Although there is not much to contemplate in Keld as a tourist, it can be a good starting point for one’s journey further afield and enjoy some of the magnificent country walks that attract thousands of visitors from all over the globe.

The Yorkshire Moors is one of the sites that all visitors like to visit particularly if they are dedicated gaming enthusiasts or love bird watching through some binoculars from a safe distance. The heather moorland provides a safe habitat for unique ground nesting birds such as lapwing, curlew, blackgrouse golden plover and merlin. Britain has 75% of the world's heath and moorlands, and the Dales are a small part of it. Most people who have little knowledge about the moors consider it to be a wild area, but the Yorkshire Moors - are managed by game keepers and is remarkably often used to graze sheep, cattle and horses by local farmers. When visiting the moors, all visitors have to abide by a very strict country code. It is also the breeding ground and habitat for the native red grouse found only in the UK. Gaming fanatics travel from all over the globe for grouse shooting parties. These gaming parties are vital because they provide the necessary funding needed to achieve the quality of life provided by the moors.

Other than, on any walking tour of the area you will come across many small villages well worth exploring. Close by to Keld, there the following villages Grinton, Fremington, Healaugh, Thwaite, Low Row, Reeth, Gunnerside and Muker. All of these villages are hamlets, scattered along Grinton and Reeth. But they provide good fodder for the avid hiker who likes to be challenged through biking or walking along this passage which also has the impressive, craggy Fremington Edge, tempting walkers, cyclists or even horse back riders to scale its dangerous slope. While exploring the area and surrounding hills, evidence of 17th and 18th century lead mine workings can be found, indicating the importance and magnitude of this industry in the era of days gone by.

From this dominating and spectacular hillside, views of Swaledale are exciting and unforgettable. This small, history-rich hamlet offers visitors the ultimate activity holiday experience to stay, walk in any bearing on well marked footpaths, and they can do this by biking, horse-riding or just on foot.

Find good quality self-catering accommodation to rent in Keld, perhaps a holiday cottage or apartment and enjoy a restful break in this wildlife rich part of northern England.