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Coverdale in the Yorkshire Dales

Located in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Coverdale is an offshoot of the larger and better known Wensleydale. The dale runs east for twelve miles (19km) from it's head high in the moors to where the River Cover merges with the River Ure below the village of Middleham.

A view of Coverdale in North Yorkshire

In the past Coverdale was along an important cross country route in North Yorkshire, making it possible, at varying times during history, for the many drovers, miners and monks who lived and worked in the area to move between Wensleydale and the adjoining valleys of Nidderdale and Wharfedale and beyond.

Today traffic enters the dale along the steep road of Park Rash from Kettlewell in Wharfedale, or in the other direction from roads between Middleham, Wensley and West Witton.

Many green lanes and ancient tracks still cross the fells and also connect the villages and towns of Carlton, Caldbergh, Horsehouse, Coverham and West Scrafton which make up the major settlements in this narrow dale. Several of the farms and houses scattered throughout the dale still carry the ancient place names given to them by the early Norsemen who inhabited Coverdale many years ago.

Coverdale Accommodation & Attractions

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Abbots Thorn

Abbots Thorn


A country bed and breakfast in the heart of the North Yorkshire Dales

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the forbidden corner

the forbidden corner


A unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers and follies set in a four acre garden at Tupgill Park in the Yorkshire Dales. This is a day out with a difference which will challenge and delight adults and children of all ages.

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