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In 1954 an area of 680 square miles was designated the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It is also commonly known as The Dales. Most of the National Park is in North Yorkshire, though part lies within Cumbria. The whole National park lies within the historic boundaries of Yorkshire, divided between the North Riding and the West Riding.
Over 20,000 people live and work in The Dales, which attracts over 8m visitors every year. The area has a large choice of activities for visitors eg. many people come to the Dales for walking and cycling. The Yorkshire Dales National Park is crossed by several long-distance routes including the Pennine Way, the Dales Way, the Coast to Coast Walk and the latest national trail which is the Pennine Bridleway. Cycling is very popular and there are several popular cycleways for different abilities.
Yorkshire Dales Visitor Centres - The park has 5 welcoming visitor centres located in and around the park. These are at Aysgarth Falls, Grassington, Hawes, Malham and Reeth.
Other places and sights within the Yorkshire Dales National Park include: Bolton Castle,
Cautley Spout waterfall,
Horton in Ribblesdale,
Kisdon Force (waterfall) in Swaledale,
Malham Cove, Gordale Scar,
Settle and Carlisle Railway including the Ribblehead Viaduct and the challenging Yorkshire Three Peaks.
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