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The northern dales include popular Wensleydale, with its famous cheese factory, lovely villages and several interesting castle ruins and quieter Swaledale, scattered with traditional stone barns and excellent walks.

The northern section of the park also includes Yorkshire's highest hills, the three highest of which can all be tackled in one long day by completing the 'Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge'.

Several long distance walking and cycling routes also cut through the park, including the famous Pennine Way and Coast to Coast routes, as well as several less well-known trails. Parts of all of these routes can be incorporated into shorter day walks or rides.

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