SEPTEMBER SweetSpot – Yorkshire Dales – Grit and Grandeur

Fancy an early autumn break? To help you make the most of your outdoor leisure time, weathertrending highlights the Monthly SweetSpot. For September, we explore the delights of the Yorkshire Dales. We pick out some of the events and attractions to look forward to in the area.


The Yorkshire Dales

There are few parts of the UK that offer the visitor such a diverse range of sights and activities as the Yorkshire Dales. Nestled within the spine of northern England, it’s an area of huge tradition and pride. The limestone walls, mills and scattered hamlets have stood, virtually unaltered, for centuries. These are visible emblems to a proud tradition, built on sheep-farming and lead-mining.


Unique landscape

The geology of the area is unique. If you’re a rockclimber or caver, then you are are spoilt for choice. But if you are happy with a less strenuous jaunt, so a walk to Malham Cove’s stunning limestone pavement, or nearby Gordale Scar, will be richly rewarded.

After its eventful past, peace has descended on the ruins of Bolton Abbey – tucked away in the folds of Wharfedale. Each dale has its own historic tale to tell. But many of their industries continue to thrive to this day.  So it would be rude not to try some of Wensleydale’s famous cheeses. Alternatively, you could sup one of the many ales that are brewed across the area?


History, heritage and heather

We recommend you take a seat on the famous Settle to Carlisle Line and experience one of the most picturesque train journeys in the land. Crossing the famous Ribblehead Viaduct, you’ll have a bird’s eye view, thanks to the wonder of victorian engineering?

A sight not to be missed in September is the heather in full-bloom on the high moorlands. Managed for grouse-shooting over the past couple of hundred years, the heather is carefully burned off in a mosiac to provide both food and ground cover for the birds. Swaledale has some of the best heather moorlands. Many hide ancient monuments, such as the enigmatic Maiden Castle above Reeth or more recent leadmining remains, such as the flues above Cupola Smelt Mill on Grassington Moor. Explore with care though as there are many uncovered mine shafts also hidden on the moors.


Upcoming Events

To start September, there looks like being plenty of fine early autumn weather to enjoy the region. Here are a few suggestions for events and activities in the month ahead:

1st Sept: Bentham Agricultural Show
2nd Sept: The Moorcock Show
5th Sept: Muker Show
6th-9th Sept: Medieval Music in the Dales
9th Sept: Hardraw Scar Brass Band Festival
15th Sept: Sedbergh Artisan Market
15th-22nd Sept: Yorkshire Dales National Park Cheese Festival
22nd-30th Sept: Richmond Walking & Book Festival
24th Sept: Nidderdale Show
28th-30th Sept: Broughton Hall Children’s Literature Festival
29th-30th Sept: Yarndale
29th-30th Sept: Masham Sheep Fair


For more information on attractions in the region visit the Yorkshire Dales National Park website

Attractions all around the UK can be found here at the VisitBritain website

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