The special qualities of the Yorkshire Dales National Park are many. Here the interaction of people with nature has produced a landscape of remarkable beauty and distinctive character. It is an area cherished and enjoyed by the nation.
The Yorkshire Dales National Park is a home and workplace for over 24,000 people, with around 95% of the land in private ownership. It is also a place that millions of people visit every year.
The area's unique landscape is created by the combination of managed moorland, pastures and valley grasslands; small woodlands; dispersed villages and farmsteads; the local building materials; strong field patterns; and drystone walls and field barns. This is what makes it such a special place.