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Rainy Days in the Yorkshire Dales

In the Yorkshire Dales there is much to do, be it sunny, windy or even pouring with rain. There are many places in the Yorkshire Dales that look extremely impressive after heavy rainfall, such as:

Aysgarth Falls – A beautiful waterfall in Wenslydale with a footpath for easy viewing.

Hardraw Force – A large waterfall in the village of Hardraw near Hawes, it is the longest single drop waterfall in England and can be accessed via the Green Dragon pub.

Kisdon Force – A series of waterfalls behind Kisdon moor which can be accessed from a footpath at the village of Keld and offers a great walk.

Stainforth Force – A great waterfall at which you can see the salmon jump upstream.

Force Gill Waterfall – A stunning 6 metre waterfall that can be found by taking a short walk from the Three Peaks Route between Ribbleshead Viaduct and Whernside

Wain Wath Falls – A picturesque waterfall located short way up the road from Keld and a good place to go no matter the weather.

Scar House Waterfall – A small waterfall located near the village of Thwaite that despite the size looks very impressive after heavy rainfall.

If you’re not looking to go out on a wet adventure in the rain, you can always try some of the great indoor museums and art galleries throughout the Yorkshire dales.

A great place to go when the weather turns against you is the world famous Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes, which produces many fine cheeses that you can taste for free in their cheese shop.

You can also learn about the evolution of cheese making in Wesleydale over the years in their museum with demonstrations.

More great places to visit if you are looking for shelter are the many museums throughout the Yorkshire dales. One of the great museums is the Swaledale Museum in Reeth which has over 270 million years of Swaledale history in the form of fossils to lead mining tools to handmade toys from the 1950s.

Another great museum in the dales is the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes, Wensleydale, a converted train station which shows a great range of industrial and social history of Wensleydale and surrounding areas. It has exhibits showing the local agriculture, domestic crafts industry and transport, daily life, landscape and archaeology and art.

There are also a range of arts and crafts galleries throughout the Yorkshire dales which include the arts and crafts units in Reeth, these many units contain things from metal sculptures to ornaments and jewellery. Another great gallery to visit while in the dales is the Yorkshire Dales photography gallery in Malhamdale.

If you’re looking for a bite to eat while keeping dry, there are a wide range of pubs and cafes with excellent selections of traditional Yorkshire dishes and pub grub.

The top pubs in the dales include The Old Hill InnIngleton, with great views and even better pudding, The George Inn, Thoralby with good meals, real ales and fine wines and The Bridge InnGrinton, with excellent homemade meals and well kept real ales.

If you’re looking for a cup of tea rather than a pint then you should definitely check out some of the great cafes of the Dales. Overton House Cafe in Reeth offers a great place to eat and serve great meals such as soups and homemade sweet baked goods. The Muker Tea Rooms offer great value for money in rural heart of North Yorkshire with great walk and cycle routes nearby. Last but certainly not least, is the Dales Bike Centre in Fremington, with an excellent selection of savoury dishes and their well known Friday showstopper cake.

So no matter what the weather is there’s always something to do in the Yorkshire dales whether you stay in, or go adventuring in the beautiful landscape.