The nine stunning Yorkshire Dales villages you can visit less than two hours from Greater Manchester

With rolling hills and striking valleys, the Yorkshire Dales is the place to go for wild and beautiful scenery.

Dotted throughout the national park are stunning towns and villages, where you’ll find charming cottages and cozy pubs.

A visit to the Dales is a great alternative to the Lake District of the Peak District if you’re looking for a day trip or weekend away from Manchester.

The area has seen a huge tourism boost in recent years as people look at holidaying closer to home, reports Yorkshire Live.

Below are nine towns and villages which are proving popular with visitors to the Yorkshire Dales.


Stainforth Force
Stainforth Force

North of Settle, Stainforth boasts a waterfall, Stainforth Force, on the River Ribble. In autumn it is said to be a good spot to watch salmon leaping up the falls.

The village is on the doorstep of the famous Three Peaks and has a pub, the Craven Heifer, with rooms and a restaurant.


This Wharfedale village is a popular resting spot for walkers on the Dales Way, running from Ilkley to Bowness in Cumbria. It has a pub, the Buck Inn, and a fell, Buckden Pike, the second-highest in Wharfedale after Great Whernside.

At the summit stands a memorial to Polish airmen who died when their plane crashed in 1942.



Linton-in-Craven is eight miles north of Skipton and is fairly described as a ‘picture postcard’ village, with its village green and two stone bridges.

Linton Falls is popular with visitors.


Horton-in-Ribbledale lies in the shadow of the mighty Pen-y-ghent, one of the Three Peaks.

It has campsites, B&Bs, bunkbarns, and two pubs and is the preferred starting point of the famous Three Peaks walk.



This former leading village has a wide range of places to eat and drink and lots of independent retailers.

In June Grassington hosts a music and arts festival, a 1940s weekend in September and, in December, a Dickensian Festival.

There are a lot of varied walks from the village, taking in the river and local woods.


This charming village has rows of picturesque cottages, not to mention three pubs. It’s a very popular spot with walkers and families.

The village has an annual scarecrow festival and boasts a range of accommodations including a Youth Hostel.


Clapham village
Clapham village

There is a ‘show cave’ – Ingleborough Cave – that’s popular with visitors, along with a pub, the New Inn.

The village has a bypass which has made it more peaceful for visitors.


Hawes, a market town in Wensleydale, is home to the Dales Countryside Museum and the award-winning Wensleydale Creamery.

There are some fine walks, little cafes, antique shops and a range of pubs.


Malham Cove
Malham Cove

One of the most popular villages in the Dales, Malham has dramatic limestone scenery, most notably Malham Cove, a huge crescent-shaped cliff, and the limestone pavement that feature in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

There are walks to Janet’s Foss, a nearby waterfall, and Gordale Scar, a limestone gorge.

There are two decent pubs, The Lister Arms, and The Buck Inn, and a range of accommodation.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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