We are happy to announce that the Yorkshire Dales has been named the National Park of the year in the BBC Countryfile magazine poll. In total, over 50,000 people cast their votes in this year’s poll, and our beloved Dales came out on top!
Competition for the top spot was fierce with many areas of Britain attracting millions of tourists every year, based purely on their natural beauty. Yorkshire pride is well documented, and accolades like this just go to supporting this sentiment!
In regards to the win, the chairman of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, Carl Lis said: “This is an excellent result for the Yorkshire Dales. I can only agree wholeheartedly with Countryfile readers and viewers.
“The Yorkshire Dales is an area of amazing contrasts; it can be raw, grey, awesome or sweetly beautiful.Everyone who lives in the park and helps to manage the land, not least our farmers, should take pleasure from this award, and perhaps even afford themselves a little pat on back. And to everyone who visits the park and promotes the understanding and enjoyment of it, thank you. Come again soon.”
We’ll be bringing you a follow-up article celebrating everything great about the Dales in the near future.
*Photography by Phil Peakd