Yorkshire Dales, England

Skipton, North Yorkshire
Bolton Priory, Bolton Abbey, North Yorkshire
Hebden, North Yorkshire
Loup Scar, North Yorkshire
Grassington, North Yorkshire
Dowber Gill Wham and Hag Dike Beck, Kettlewell, North Yorkshire
Wild Boar Fell, Mallerstang, Cumbria
River Ure, Garsdale Head, North Yorkshire
Ingleborough, Ingleton, North Yorkshire
Twistleton Scars and Whernside, Ingleton, North Yorkshire
Ribblehead Viaduct and Whernside, North Yorkshire
Warrendale Knotts, Settle, North Yorkshire

I wonder how many would associate the word "dales" solely with Yorkshire without realising that it pervades northern Britain thanks largely to the past attentions of Scandinavian migrants and invaders. Finding the term used on Skye (Bracadale on the west coast of the island) did come as a surprise to me, but there are dales in Derbyshire, County Durham (some may opine that these belong to Yorkshire) and Cumbria too.

My first encounter with the Yorkshire Dales happened more than two decades ago when I spent some time In Skipton due to work. Then, I took the opportunity to explore Wharfedale by bicycle and my appetite was sufficiently whetted that I have returned numerous times since then. Of course, there is more than one dale and I have savoured the wildness of Ribblesdale, the quietness of Garsdale, the splendour of Malhamdale and the delights of Wensleydale. Swaledale remains unexplored but restarting my Pennine Way walking project could see to that and there are other smaller dales after that. Well, there's always something new to see and experience...