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God's Own County: The Beauty of the Dales

When you are trading in “God’s Own County,” as Yorkshire folk like to call their county, there are so many opportunities because of the vast amount of people who visit Yorkshire every year. Some people come for the history of York Minster and Whitby in the North Riding, while others want to enjoy everything that cities like Leeds and Sheffield have to offer – shopping, nightlife, and sporting events. There are many who come just to enjoy the great outdoors. The term “industrial north” certainly does not apply to huge areas of Yorkshire, notably the Dales.

“Green and Pleasant Land”

The Yorkshire Dales is a vast area of green space. Small towns and villages welcome visitors throughout most of the year. Some come on day trips, but others come for an extended break to enjoy the fresh air and beautiful walks that the area provides. The Yorkshire National Park was founded back in 1954, one of 15 in the UK. Its boundaries do not encompass all of the Dales, and there are equally stunning areas outside those boundaries. There are over 20,000 people living and working within the park, which itself gets over 8 million visitors every year.

Hills and valleys

This is a region of hills and river valleys. The rivers are a source of power, which has resulted in some industry, such as textiles and paper, but it has never intruded on the enjoyment people have gotten from the environment. There are two main rivers, the Ouse and Humber, and many more smaller rivers that can be regarded as tributaries of the two.

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