Facts About The Yorkshire Dales

The sustainability of our business has always been at the centre of our thinking. Maintaining the local environment through measures and actions is one of the main reasons we have signed up to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Activities such as our partnership with the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust underline our commitment.

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What Makes the Yorkshire Dales Such a Unique Habitat?

Land

  • Yorkshire Dales National Park was founded in 1954.
  • The Yorkshire Dales were shaped by glaciers in the last ice age.
  • Yorkshire Dales are known as being named after their river or stream e.g., River Valley across Yorkshire are named (name of the river)+dale.
  • The Dales contain multiple limestone rock formations in which they encompass Deep Caves. Discovered in previous limestone environments, limestone pavements are flat areas of limestone with a deep surface patterning that resembles paving stones. Vast caves were created in several areas due to limestone eroding. The largest underground chamber is named ‘Gaping Gill’ which is a 322ft deep shaft and is open to the surface in England. The volume has been calculated to equal that of York Minster.
  • The Yorkshire Dales National Park is known by many as containing the 3 Yorkshire Peaks: Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough and Whernsid. Thousands of people take on the ‘Yorkshire 3-Peaks Challenge’ to walk the 24.5-circular route in 12 hours or less.
  • Yorkshire Dales is also one of 15 National Parks in the UK.

People/Population

  • In the 1870s when Victorians wanted to cross over the Yorkshire Dales by rail the Ribblehead Viaduct was their only option. The Ribblehead Viaduct covers a span of 440-yard, with a height of 104ft above the valley floor. To construct the viaduct, it required 1,000 navvies to build, of which 100 unfortunately tragically died during the manufacturing of the viaduct, from either accidents or an outbreak of smallpox.
  • The National Park has 23,637 people living in it.
  • In 2015 the National Park obtained 3.2-million-day visitors and 0.46- million staying visitors.

Animals/Species

  • There are 1,090 farms in the National Park.
  • There is a very unique species of moss that grows within the Yorkshire Dales. It’s that rare it isn’t known to grow anywhere else in the world.
  • The Dales is known to home a brown long-eared bat that has ears three-quarters the length of its whole body.
  • In the National Park there are 1,000+ species of moths, around 100 species of nesting birds, more than 25 species of butterflies, over 30 species of mammals, and hundreds of plant species.

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