Children's Activities in The Yorkshire Dales

Children’s Activities

Children love being active and there’s no better place than here in the Yorkshire Dales. Here in the Dales we have loads of exciting children’s activities to keep your children entertained no matter the weather!

Children can have a go at fun activities whilst making new friends, building their confidence and perhaps even finding a new passion! For the adventure seeker there are loads of professional activity providers that can help teach new skills or improve the child’s individual ability.

For those children more creative there are many pursuits from arts and crafts sessions to photography workshops.

What’s more, not everything has to cost a packet! There is so much for children to explore and learn for free. From the fascinating nature trails through woodlands, discovering the ground nesting birds on the moorlands, walks through wild flower meadows and to the impressive waterfalls to limestone pavements and rock formations that are unique to the Yorkshire Dales.

Use the activity tab above to discover loads of family friendly attractions in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. No matter the age of your children you can be sure of a great time as there is something to suit all abilities and interests both indoors and outdoors.

If you need help planning your visit to the Yorkshire Dales please contact us on 01748 900

Swaledale is famed for many things, but, perhaps most people will be more familiar with our woolly friends, the Swaledale Sheep. The Swaledale Sheep are a breed that has been named after Swaledale, the most northerly dale in the Yorkshire Dales, and are the iconic symbol of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

The Swaledale sheep, with black faces, curly horns and off white wool, can be found roaming the dales and fells of the Swaledale valley and throughout the Yorkshire Dales. However, they are not exclusive to the region and are also farmed in other areas of the UK such as County Durham, the Pennine Fells and Cumbria.

The Swaledale Sheep are renowned as one of the hardiest breeds of sheep in the UK. The Swaledale Sheep endure some of the UKs harshest winters and thrive in some of the most exposed locations in the up land of the Yorkshire Dales. Their thick coat, agility and bold nature makes them well suited for the harsh climate they are exposed to.

The Swaledale sheep are farmed for three reasons, for their wool, their milk and for mutton. The Swaledale Sheep produces durable and resilient wool that is usually off white in colour. Due to the coarseness of the sheep’s wool it is most suited to products such as carpets, rugs and insulation. However, the wool can be used for spinning and knitting clothes although is not the predominate use of their wool. Swaledale sheep are well known for their tender mutton, full of flavour and growing in popularity – some flocks are specifically bread for their mutton. The Swaledale sheep milk is used for some popular cheeses!