The Yorkshire Dales National Park is a wonderous place full to the brim of fantastic natural wonders and quaint little villages that are almost paused in time. Home to the three peaks challenge its varied landscape offers some opportunities for fantastic views from some of the highest peaks in England. A place of wonderment and some of the unique and awe-inspiring walks, the Yorkshire Dales views are out of this world and hard to beat.
1. Ribblehead Viaduct
The iconic viaduct built back in 1874 to carry passengers from Settle to Carlisle across a stertch of the Yorkshire Dales creates a fantastic view that many photographers try to capture everyday. Witnessing trains travel along the Ribblehead viaduct is a real treat, and possibly one of our favouirte Yorkshire Dales views.
2. Malham Cove
Found on the outskirts of the little village of Malham, Malham Cove is a great walk for any level of fitness and offers far reaching views from the top. Famous for being in Harry Potter, the unique character of the limestone rock formation formed over 12,000 years ago makes it instantly recognisable and gives it a beautiful pattern. You can see the three peaks from the top of Malham Cove on a clear day, as well as the rolling hills of the Yokshire Dales.
3. Simon’s Seat
Found on the popular Bolton Abbey estate, Simon’s Seat is one of the popular lower hills with walkers in the Yorkshire Dales. The gritstone capped summit is only 485 metres high but has extensive views of the beautiful countryside surrounding it. The farmers fields and valley below l create a perfectly idyllic view below.
4. Cautley Spout
Sitting at 198 metres high, Cautley Spout is the England’s highest cascade waterfall. There is a beautiful walk to the summit of Calsder which showcases some of the Yorkshire \Dales most beautiful views.
5. Buttertubs Pass
Featured on BBC, it is famously one of Jeremy Clarkson’s favourite strips of road. And, it’s easy to see why. The high winding road has some beautiful views of the Hawes area of the Yorkshire Dales and amazing 20-metre-deep limestone potholes, which create a dramatic impression on the landscape heading towards Thwaite and Muker.
6. Beamsley Beacon
This gem on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales national park near the beautiful village of Beamsley has some beautiful views of the Wharfedale area. The views from the upper reaches of the walk are really impressive and worth the wait when heading up.
7. Brimham Rocks
Carved over 400 million years ago, the Brimham Rocks National Park is an amazing collection of rock formations that are like nature’s playground. High in the Nidderdale region, they offer fantastic views on the land below, and great fun whilst you explore the maze of rocks.
The smaller of the three peaks Pen-y-ghent or Penyghent sits at 694m high. We think it is the more attractive of the fells due to its unique and more characteristic shape. From the top, you get some fantastic views of the countryside below, and it’s definitely a favourite of o
9. Scales Moor
En route to the summit of Whernside, Scales Moor is a lesser-known limestone formation much like Malham Cove. So people believe that the limestone pattern created over thousands of years is much better here than that of its counterpart at Malham. It offers some fantastic views and is a hidden gem that is seldom discussed in Yorkshire.
The second highest mountain of the Yorkshire Dales and one of the three peaks, it is often a firm favourite with walkers. It has some spectacular views from the top and on clear days you can see to Morecambe Bay. It’s instantly recognisable due to its steep profile and sits at a massive 723 metres high.
The iconic Whernside, the highest of the three peaks has beautiful Yorkshire Dales views. It sits at 736m high and offers all-around views from the summit, where you can see Ribblehead Viaduct Dentdale, Kingsdale and across to Morecambe Bay.