Ripon is a gateway to the Yorkshire Dales and lies within the Eastern Dales
The Eastern Dales
This eastern area of the Yorkshire Dales holds an indescribable diverse mix of natural beauty. See Yorkshire Dales
Nidderdale: Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
In upper North Nidderdale you'll find the River Nidd flowing on the slopes of Great Whernside. Visit How Stean Gorge which is a sticking 80 foot ravine. The Nidderdale area is also renowned for its reservoirs, especially Gouthwaite Reservoir which is home to many rare species of birds and wildlife. For more information on Nidderdale please download this leaflet
Masham - Home of Breweries
Masham is the home of two successful and well known breweries. The Black Sheep Brewery has its own visitor centre where you can find out how the beer is made. Plenty of samples to be had as well! Click here for website. Masham is also the home of the Theakstons brewery that has been established for 180 years. This really is an area not to be missed by real ale lovers.
The North York Moors
The North York Moors National Park is one of the finest landscapes in Britain. Miles of stunning heather, towering sea cliffs, secluded beaches and grassy dales give it a character all of its own. Discover wildlife, historic buildings, archaeology, ancient woodlands and picturesque villages. This site will help you make the most of your visit.