Spring in the Yorkshire Dales

3rd January 2024
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The Yorkshire Dales becomes alive in Spring, making it a particularly special time to visit. Spend the time reconnecting with nature as you spot newborn lambs, listen to the sound of birdsong and watch as the new shoots begin to peep through. If you need inspiration for your next trip to The Yorkshire Dales, our journal highlights some of our favourite things to do throughout the season of Spring.

Malham Cove, Gordale Scar & Janet’s Foss Walk – 3 hours, moderate

Starting in the village of Malham, follow Malham and Gordale beck before arriving to a magical wooded area and to the fairy queens very own waterfall…aka Janet’s Foss. After the obligatory selfie stop, the walk carries on to reveal Gordale Scar - a gorge with majestic limestone cliffs.

Continue along the footpath which leads to the breath-taking Malham Cove. Be amazed by its amphitheatre-shaped formation from the bottom or if you are still full of energy climb the 400 irregular stone steps to the uneven limestone pavement at the top. As well as the unusual formations to discover, the views down towards Malham and beyond are pretty special too. This spot is perfect for a ‘cake break’, so don’t forget your flask of coffee and pick up some cake from one of the few shops in Malham.

Haworth – the home of the Brontë sisters

This quaint little mill town is world famous as the home to the Brontë sisters. With its bygone era surroundings, cobbled streets, traditional pubs, steam trains and open moorland - you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time! Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre were both inspired by Haworth.

The Secret Spa

Welcome to the Secret Spa. Hidden in a corner of the Yorkshire Dales sitting behind The Devonshire Spa is a secret village of bell tents. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, a quaint river and an abundance of nature; the perfectly furnished bell tents are designed for guests to enjoy a spa day like no other. Cosy up by the wood-burning stove in fluffy robes and slippers (provided) or maybe enjoy the warmth of the sun on your own lounger, before enjoying a treatment and the spa facilities. You even have a choice of brunch or afternoon tea to enjoy in your tent, alongside unlimited tea and coffee.

Easter at Bolton Abbey

Set within 30,000 acres of stunning countryside with 80 miles of paths, the Bolton Abbey Estate provides something for all to enjoy this spring. Jump across the famous stepping stones, wander around the ancient ruins of the abbey or maybe enjoy a spot of fishing on the River Wharfe. With many walks along the estate including the river walk with accessible paths which are perfect for wheelchair users and prams, you can take in the natural beauty of all that nature has to offer – keep an eye out for the illusive Kingfishers, brilliant bluebells clusters and ducklings paddling along the riverbank!  

For those who are seeking more adventure, the popular Valley of Desolation is the walk for you. Navigating all terrains, you will be rewarded with its beautiful waterfall. Next it’s a hike up to the moors to Simon’s Seat, where you will be wowed with the views.

Be sure to stop by the Cavendish Pavilion beforehand to fuel up with some treats!

If you have little ones to keep entertained, the famous Easter trail returns to the estate just in time for the Easter holidays. Head through Strid Wood and keep your eyes peeled for the giant Easter bunnies. There are clues along the route to help you complete the trail route workshop. Available from 1st to 16th April and tickets must be booked in advance.

Skipton and Skipton Castle

The historic market town of Skipton is full of history, starting with the medieval Skipton Castle which is over 900 years old and one of the most complete and best preserved medieval castles in England. Hidden behind the castle is Skipton Woods, which is a rare ancient woodland that is accessed straight off the high street. For those who love good coffee, cakes, pies and cafes Skipton can offer you copious amounts of options. Perfect for filling up after a morning of exploring the local sights.  Skipton also has many shops from high street brands, to cute and unique boutiques hidden behind the cobbles and on the historic main street! Skipton is also locally famous for their market on the high street on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Spectacular waterfalls, ancient abbey ruins and stunning water gardens. Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden is a wonderful destination to see this spring in full bloom! Located near Ripon, the abbey ruins are nestled in the Skell Valley. You can explore the medieval deer park, and look out for the Red, Fallow and Manchurian Sika deer. For those who’ve worked up an appetite there is a café at the abbey offering delicious home cooked goods.

Looking for somewhere to stay?

We have a collection of hotels, inns, holiday cottages and restaurants on and around the Bolton Abbey Estate that will make your visit that little bit more comfortable and special. Find out more.

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