The Dales Past and Present

The Yorkshire Dales was designated as a National Park in 1954. It covers an area of 1773 square kilometres and includes some of the most spectacular scenery in Britain – from crags and limestone pavements to an underground labyrinth of caves. Each valley or ‘dale’ has its own distinct character, set against expansive moorland tops.
Stone built villages nestle among traditional farming landscapes of field barns, drystone walls and flower rich hay meadows, showing how the area has been shaped over thousands of years by the people who have lived and worked here.
Spectacular waterfalls and ancient broadleaved woodland contrast with the scattered remains of former mine workings and other rural industries which remind us of the area’s rich industrial heritage.


The Dales Past and Present is a community based website aimed at providing useful and up to date information for the people living, working or visiting  our beautiful Yorkshire Dales. At the same time, take a step back into the Past and try to gain an insight into what life used to be like in this lovely corner of Yorkshire. Come inside and take a look.
There are lots of Local village information pages – with hopefully a little browser participation from interested parties.

General information about local events can be advertised on the Dales Diary.
Pages can be made available to advertise small local businesses, and organisations.

Most of the old photographs on the site have been digitally restored by us.


Comments, or requests for information can be added at the bottom of any page just register your email.

Anybody wishing to add an event, any information past/present, add to your village or photos or if you find something that is out of date on the site you can email me  angela@kershaw.org

Photos B Kershaw  thedales.org.uk copyright 2004.

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