Known for their spectacular natural scenery, the Yorkshire Dales spread across North Yorkshire and Cumbria and have been designated a national park since 1954. It’s this rural beauty that sets the scene for a wonderfully relaxing spa break and quality time for yourself, or with friends and loved ones.
This part of Yorkshire is most famous for its heather moors, valleys and picture perfect villages. Bring your walking boots and head out for family hikes across hills and dales to see rivers and streams, saves, caverns and waterfalls, all scattered across the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Alternatively, take it all in from the impressive spas in the area, including the exquisite outdoor infinity pool at Nàdarra Spa with countryside views. Or even from one of two golf courses at QHotels – Oulton Hall Hotel & Spa.
The area is also rich in history, brimming with great castles and abbeys such as Pendragon Castle near Kirkby Stephen, Fountains Abbey - one of the largest ruined Cistercian monasteries in England, or Skipton Castle which was built in 1090. Many visitors delight in seeing the Flying Scotsman train as it steams across the Ribblehead Viaduct - an impressive piece of Victorian engineering in the midst of the three peaks. Meanwhile, families love visiting the heritage railway lines including the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway and the Stainmore Railway.
The abundance of rural countryside means there’s no shortage of local produce and superb Yorkshire delicacies served up in hotel restaurants. Yorkshire puddings, ginger beer and Wensleydale cheese all feature on the menu and are worth indulging in.
For those who want a city spa escape near the Yorkshire Dales, there are plenty of options as well. You can enjoy the best of all worlds at the likes of Rena Spa at The Midland - a five-star, adult-only hotel and spa. Alternatively, The Bridge Hotel & Spa in Wetherby provides wellness, heritage and contemporary hospitality.