The Prettiest Villages in the Yorkshire Dales

06 December 2021 by Rachel Wilson

The Prettiest Villages in the Yorkshire Dales

At Cardtoons, we get to explore every corner of the Yorkshire Dales, so we’ve put together a list of our favourite villages that we think are the prettiest and worth exploring.


This little village is as cute as it sounds. Sitting below Pen-y-Ghent mountain, Horton is the main starting point for walkers tackling the Yorkshire Three peak challenge. It's easily accessible via the famous Settle-Carlisle railway, making it a good stop off point for a hike and a traditional pub dinner.


Not much has changed in the last hundred years in this attractive village, but that adds to its charm and allure. The slate-roofed cluster of cottages are set on the banks of the River Swale making it a superb location for exploring the Dales. As you wander around Muker, you’ll find a village shop and cafe, an art gallery and an excellent pub, The Farmer’s Arms which has its own microbrewery.


This charming and picturesque village was made famous by the film Calendar Girls and, if you’re a fan of the film, you can easily recognise the distinctive bridge and black and white sign posts. The popular Dales Way walk passes through Kettlewell, but it also makes a great base for walking as there are lots of pubs and a well stocked village shop. Be sure to look out for the famed weather stone!


Located at the base of Ingleborough mountain, this delightful village set on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, has lovely local shops including a village store and an organic farm shop. Due to it being set away from a busy bypass, Clapham boasts a peaceful atmosphere perfect for cyclists and walkers.

Excerpt from the Yorkshire Dales Lap Map © Colin Shelbourn

If this selection of pretty villages has inspired you to visit Yorkshire, don’t forget to check out our Yorkshire Dales products here, including our popular Lap Map.

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