Extending northward from Leeds, the Yorkshire Dales are a world apart and arguably one of the most beautiful parts of England. Miles/kilometers of unspoiled countryside, country lanes and stone walls surround lively market towns, isolated farmhouses, ancient lead mines and great limestone caverns. This is the middle stretch of the Pennines and is great hiking country for the hale and hearty.
The small village of Malham makes a good base if you want to explore this unique limestone countryside, but the market town of Richmond has more of interest, with an 11th-century castle, walking tours and traditional shops. While there, be sure to see Fountains Abbey on the east side of the park.
The Yorkshire Dales are about 35 mi/55 km north of Manchester.
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