How well do you know the Yorkshire Dales - an HF Quiz

We’re all aware of the stunning beauty of the Yorkshire Dales. The whole area is seriously scenic and we frequently return to our country houses, Newfield Hall and Thorns Hall, in the southern and western sections respectively. But how well do you know this glorious part of Great Britain? If you think you know your way round 'God’s Own County', your Swarfe from your Wharfe and a bit of local lingo then take our Yorkshire Dales quiz full of surprising tidbits and find out a bit more about the distinctive landscapes of high heather moorland, stepped skylines and flat-topped hills, crisscrossed by cracking walking trails. It’s just-for-fun, so score yourself and see what sort of a travel buff you are.
Question 1
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In which year was the Yorkshire Dales National Park formally established?

A) 1934
B) 1954
C) 1964
D) 1974

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B) 1954

One of 15 UK National Parks, the Yorkshire Dales National Park was established in 1954, and was the eighth national park atthe time.

Question 2
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Which of these routes does not cross the Yorkshire Dales National Park?

A) Pennine Way
B) Dales Way
C) Lyke Wake Walk
D) Coast to Coast

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C) Lyke Wake Walk

Rather than cross the Dales, the Lyke Wake Walk from Osmotherley to Ravenscar winds across the North York Moors.

Question 3
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Not all Dales are equal - which of these dales is the odd one out?

A) Aire
B) Wensley
C) Swarfe
D) Wharfe

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B) Wensleydale

Wensleydale is the valley (dale) of the River Ure. It is the only valley in this list not named after its principal river.

Question 4
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Which famous author and Dales resident said, 'I won't know for sure if Malhamdale is the finest place there is until I have died and seen heaven (assuming they let me at least have a glance), but until that day comes, it will certainly do.'?

A) Bill Bryson
B) James Herriot
C) Gervase Phinn
D) Simon Armitage

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A) Bill Bryson

Bill was a resident of Kirkby Malham for several years and recorded his comments about Malhamdale in his book, Notes from a Small Island.

Question 5
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The Yorkshire Dales are legendary among astronomers and amateurs alike for stargazing. In fact, in areas of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the night sky has so little light pollution that it is possible to see the Andromeda Galaxy with the naked eye...

A) What's the Andromeda Galaxy
B) True
C) False
D) Haven't a Scooby

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B) True

The Yorkshire Dales has amazingly dark skies with very little light pollution - just about anywhere in the National Park is great for stargazing. The Andromeda Galaxy is the most distant object that you can see in the night sky with the naked eye.

Question 6
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Thousands of gallons of water cascade over several levels of limestone steps at this picturesque falls, which starred in the film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and have attracted artists and poets - Turner, Ruskin, Wordsworth - for 200 years. But which is it?

A) Cautley Spout
B) Aysgarth Falls
C) Cauldron Falls
D) Scalebar Foss

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B) Aysgarth Falls

Originating from old Norse, the name Aysgarth means an open space in the oak trees. Robin Hood battled Little John here in the film about the outlaw hero.

Question 7
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Can you list the Yorkshire Three Peaks in the correct order of height, lowest to highest?

A) Ingleborough, Whernside, Pen-y-Ghent
B) Whernside, Pen-y-Ghent, Ingleborough
C) Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside, Ingleborough
D) Pen-y-Ghent, Ingleborough, Whernside

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D) Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside, Ingleborugh

The Yorkshire Three Peaks are a classic challenge. In  order of height, they are Pen-y-Ghent (694m), Ingleborough (723m) and Whernside (736m).

Question 8
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Which of these cascades is the largest unbroken waterfall in the Yorkshire Dales?

A) Gaping Gill
B) Thornton Force
C) Catrigg Force
D) Hawdraw Force

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A) Gaping Gill

Gaping Gill is one of the most famous caves in the Dales and one of the largest underground chambers in Britain. The main chamber measures 129m long, 31m high, and 25m wide. Fell Beck pours over a lip of rock above and crashes more than 100m to the floor of the cavern before draining through to Ingleborough Cave.

Question 9
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One of these is not a water feature but can you name which one?

A) Janet's Foss
B) Stainforth Force
C) Gordale Scar
D) Malham Tarn

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C) Gordale Scar

Gordale Scar is a limestone ravine northeast of Malham. It contains two waterfalls and has overhanging limestone cliffs over 330 feet high. The gorge could have been formed by water from melting glaciers or a cavern collapse. Janet's Foss is a small but wonderful waterfall and pool nearby; Stainforth Force is where the River Ribble tumbles over a series of cascades and Malham Tarn is a glacial lake close to the eponymous cove.

Question 10
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Can you work out the hill in each of the anagrams? They ara all in the National Park (1 point each!)

A) Boggler oh ruin
B) Cub deep kink
C) Bridal Fellow
D) Anteaters pig

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Unscrambled they are

A) Ingleborough
B) Buckden Pike
C) Wild Boar Fell
D) Great Pinseat

Question 11
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Can you work out the watercourse in each anagram? They are all in the National Park (1 point each)

A) Arri ever frisk
B) Kibbled poaches
C) Live rerun
D) Caleb Kerk

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Unscrambled they are

A) River Skirfare
B) Bishopdale Beck
C) River Lune
D) Arkle Beck

Question 12
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Which of these statements about the Yorkshire Dales National Park is false?

A) Tan Hill Inn is the highest pub in Great Britain
B) Ribblehead Viaduct is the tallest viaduct in the UK
C) Cautley Spout is England's highest broken cascade
D) Dent Railway Station is the highest in England

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B) Ribblehead Viaduct

The Ribblehead Viaduct, carrying the Settle–Carlisle railway across Batty Moss in the Ribble Valley, is the longest one in England, but it is not the tallest.

Question 13
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You are a Dales Farmer - which of these, featuring local slang, is good news?

A) Your sheep is rig-welted
B) You are nithered
C) You have goosegogs in the garden
D) Your hat is in the foss

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C) You have goosegogs in the garden

Goosegogs are gooseberries. The others variously mean that your sheep has fallen and is stranded on its back, you are extremely cold and your head gear has fallen into a waterfall.

Question 14
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There are many caves and potholes across the Yorkshire Dales but which rock type do they appear in?

A) Sandstone
B) Granite
C) Basalt
D) Limestone

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D) Limestone

Limestone is permeable and soluble in rainwater, resulting in landscape features from caves and potholes to the famous pavement above Malham Cove.

Question 15
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On which date in the year is Yorkshire Day traditionally celebrated?

A) 1 July
B) 1 August
C) 1 September
D) 1 October

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B) 1 August

Yorkshire Day is celebrated on 1 August to promote the historic county. It was celebrated in 1975, by the Yorkshire Ridings Society, initially as "a protest movement against the local government re-organisation of 1974". The date alludes to the Battle of Minden, and also the anniversary of the emancipation of slaves in the British Empire in 1834, for which a Yorkshire MP, William Wilberforce, had campaigned.

Score Yourself

So, how did you do? With the multiple points on offer for questions 10 and 11 there are a total of 21 on offer. There are no prizes so, just for fun, score yourself...

1-3: Ah, that's not great! Brush up on your knowledge and have another go!

4 - 8: Could do better...hmmm, you've got lot's to learn about Yorkshire. Guess you should start planning a trip...

9 - 13: Not bad but there's room for improvement and there are lots more places to discover so keep on exploring!

14 - 17: That's great, well done! You know lots about the Yorkshire Dales and the great walking on offer here

18 - 21: Excellent, what a result! Great knowledge, you clearly know your stuff and are very familiar with God's Own County