Discover the Top 10 Spring Activities in North Yorkshire: Your Ultimate Guide

Posted: 18th March 2024

As the Yorkshire Dales shake off the winter chill, the region blossoms into a vibrant spectacle of natural beauty and outdoor adventure.

From rolling hills to historic market towns, there's no shortage of activities to enchant visitors to North Yorkshire. Spring is the perfect time of year to immerse yourself in the heart of this stunning landscape. Here's your guide to the top 10 must-do activities in North Yorkshire this spring:

Hiking Through the Lush Valleys

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Spring is the ideal time to explore the Dales' extensive network of footpaths.

Trails in Malham, with its dramatic limestone pavement and Malham Cove, offer breath taking views and a chance to see the countryside come alive.

The Yorkshire Dales are home to some of the most idyllic walks through valleys, including Littondale, Langstrothdale and Wharfedale.

Take a look at our guide to the 14 best walks and hikes in the Yorkshire Dales to inspire you for your next hiking holiday.

Cycling the Country Lanes


Whether you're looking for a challenging ride or a leisurely pedal.

The Yorkshire Dales National Park offers some of the best cycling routes in the UK, where the quiet country lanes and scenic vistas in spring are unmatched.

Highlights include the Swale Trail or the Hawes to Dent Station for a quintessential Yorkshire Dales cycling experience, and for more experienced cyclists, we recommend Fleet Moss from Hawes to Buckden, with a challenging climb that is rewarded with the most incredible view.

Check out our guide to the top 17 Yorkshire Dales cycling routes.

Explore Underground Wonders in Yorkshire Dales Caves

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Caves and potholes form a major part of our limestone landscape.

There are over 2500 known caves in the Dales, including the longest system in Britain, The Three Counties, and the famous large chamber of Gaping Gill.

Take a guided tour through one of three show caves in the Yorkshire Dales: Ingleborough Cave near Clapham, White Scar Cave near Ingleton, and Stump Cross Caverns near Greenhow. Discover natural underground marvels, made even more magical by the spring's fresh waters.

Visit the Historic Bolton Abbey

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Located in Wharfedale, Bolton Abbey is a magical place to visit in spring.

The towering ruins of the priory, nestled amidst ancient woods along the banks of the River Wharfe, are a sight to behold in the spring time at Bolton Abbey.

With the surrounding countryside blooming with wildflowers, a walk along the river and through the grounds becomes a serene experience, allowing you to connect with both the abbey's history and vibrant natural landscape

Enjoy the Waterfalls

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The Yorkshire Dales are famous for their stunning waterfalls.

Spring rains make these natural features particularly spectacular.

Some of the most popular include Hardraw Force, England's highest unbroken waterdall, the three stepped Aysgarth Falls, and the picturesque Ingleton Waterfalls Trail.

Be sure to complete at least one must-see waterfalls trail on your spring holiday to North Yorkshire for the perfect Dales experience.

Bird Watching at Malham Tarn

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This National Nature Reserve is a haven for birdwatchers

Especially in spring when migratory birds return, the tarn is a perfect spot for birdwatching.

The tranquil waters of Malham Tarn and the surrounding area offer a peaceful retreat, whether you're a birdwatching enthusiast or just enjoy being with nature.

Sample Local Cheeses

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Immerse yourself in the culture with an authentic taste of the Dales

Cheese making has been an integral part of Yorkshire Dales culture for centuries, with a delightful range of delicious cheeses to choose from.

Sampling some of the local cheeses, or even having a go at a cheese making workshop, is a perfect way to connect with the history of the Dales.

Spring is a great time to visit the Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes, where you can learn about the cheese-making process and sample the iconic Wensleydale cheese.

Explore the Market Towns

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The Dales are dotted with charming market towns like Settle, Skipton, and Leyburn.

Spring markets are bustling with activity, offering local crafts, foods and a glimpse into rural life.

When visiting the Yorkshire Dales, the local markets are well worth a visit to find some unique souvenirs to remember your experience by.

Take a Steam Train Ride

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Experience the romance of steam travel through the picturesque Yorkshire Dales countryside.

The journey is especially delightful in the spring, with the landscape bursting into colour.

Take a ride on a steam engine train from Embsay to Bolton Abbey and back, enjoying great food in the cafes at either end. You could even treat yourself to first-class tickets or take a unique journey in Queen Victoria's very own saloon.

Stay at Long Ashes Park

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After a day of adventure, Long Ashes Park provides the perfect retreat.

With its luxurious accommodations and serene setting in the heart of the Wharfedale valley, Long Ashes Park is the perfect place to enjoy a short break in the Yorkshire Dales this spring.

Whether you're indulging in the on-site spa or relaxing in your lodge, glamping pod, inn bedroom or cottage, it's the ideal way to experience the splendour of spring in this dramatic and picturesque region.


The Yorkshire Dales in spring offer an unforgettable experience for nature lovers, adventurers and those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life. By staying at Long Ashes Park, you place yourself in the heart of this magnificent landscape, ready to explore all the activities and natural beauty the season has to offer. Whether you're hiking through verdant valleys, exploring historic sites or simply enjoying the tranquillity of the countryside, the Yorkshire Dales in spring are a destination not to be missed.

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