Distinctive features of the Yorkshire Dales
We have collected together some information here about the distinive features of the Dales surrounding Honeykiln Cottage.
Sheep! Look closer and you'll eventually be able to spot the different breeds, including the Swaledale ram whose face appears on the Yorkshire Dales National Park signs. The influence of sheep is everywhere, from the grass terraces on the hills to the amazing architecture of great abbeys like Fountains and Jervaulx, built with the riches from wool and sheep farming.
Over 20 named valleys or dales, cut by rivers, each distinctive in character and sense of place. Names like Swaledale, Wensleydale, Wharfedale, Ribblesdale, Dentdale are evocative and known to lovers of nature and outdoors throughout the country.
Small, compact villages, hamlets and market towns with a strong sense of community and continuity.
Unfenced roads across open moorlands with dramatic panoramas across the landscape and into the valleys below, and hay meadows, rich in herbs and wildflowers
Spectacular waterfalls, such as Hardraw Force, Aysgarth Falls, Cautley Spout and Thornton Force
A sense of tranquillity, enhanced by the natural sounds of wind, water and birdsong and an amazing night sky, with dramatic effects from the moon, stars, and planets
Classic limestone scenery, with its crags, pavements and extensive cave systemsin the south of the National Park and valleys with stepped profiles in the north, separated by extensive moorland plateaux.
The high winding Butterrubs Pass and heather tops: a great seasonal indicator when it changes colours from brown, green, purple & white.
Millstone grit outcrops such as the Three Peaks and sandstone tors like Brimham Rocks (Brimham Rocks is brilliant for children).
The Howgill Fells, a series of grassy rounded hills with deep ravines.
Ruins and remains of the lead mining and lime industry, particularly just below Coldstones Cut in Nidderdale and the Hoffman Kiln between Langcliffe and Stainforth
Lines of dry-stone walls. Features you'll spot within the walls include cripple holes, sheep creeps & throughs. Visitors can learn more about thurles, batter and smoots, working with Tim and Stewart, bookable through Wenselydale Cottages.
Traditional stone-built field barns.These are a distinctive feature of the Yorkshire Dales landscape. Barns were used as a combination of cattle housing and fodder storage.
Caves and crags The Yorkshire Dales are a fantastic destination for those want to enjoy caving, climbing, walking and exploring some unusual geological features. Visitors can safely explore the crags and caves of the Dales with Yorkshire Dales Guides..