North Yorkshire Dales Cottages

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The exquisite natural beauty of Teesdale. The wildflower meadows of Swaledale. The secluded valleys of Arkengarthdale. The lush landscape of Wensleydale. The hidden corners of Coverdale and Bishopdale. Welcome to a vast slice of paradise and some gorgeous North Yorkshire Dales cottages.

Wooded glens, cascading waterfalls (don't miss High Force, Aysgarth Falls and Hardraw Force), remote fells; not to mention mind-boggling views and an abundance of wildlife, seasoned walkers will delight with endless routes to choose from. Long distance routes crisscross the area such as the Pennine Way and Coast to Coast Path. Cyclists can peddle their way through Swaledale , Wensleydale and Coverdale along the Yorkshire Dales Cycleway, while golfing, horse riding and fishing are also popular.

Make food shopping a pleasure at Barnard Castle, Reeth, Richmond, Hawes, Leyburn or Middleham, bustling with activity come market day. Picture-postcard villages like Harrogate , recognised for their warm hospitality, dot the countryside. Explore them on foot and enjoy their delightfully slow pace, breaking for refreshments at the local watering hole.

The Dales are proud of their culture and heritage, portrayed in a number of ways, from breweries and theatre, to folk museums and magnificent monuments (Raby Castle and Jervaulx Abbey just two examples). Add treats for the family like The Forbidden Corner, an extraordinary labyrinth of surprises voted best children's attraction in Yorkshire - and it's easy to see why so many people fall under the area's magical spell.

A few nights away or your main annual holiday, a North Yorkshire Dales cottage is serious food for thought.