This week John Craven discovers how the Norber Erratics – giant boulders left behind after the last ice age – came to rest in the remote landscape of Crummack Dale. The strange stones have inspired artists across the ages, but there’s plenty more to the Dales than unusual rocks.
Five Days to the Weekend: Malham
Explore the stunning limestone cliffs, crags and scars at Malham. There have been a few Peregrines nesting there in recent months. Perhaps stay in the newly refurbished youth hostel there.
Five Days to the Weekend: Hawes
Take a trip to the heart of the Dales for breathtaking views, bracing walks and munch on some local cheese.
Five Days to the Weekend: Harrogate
Explore this genteel spa town, where the whiff of mineral water mingles with fresh moorland air.
Five Days to the Weekend: Richmond
Visit one of North Yorkshire’s many unsung gems.
Great Days Out: Navigation in the Yorkshire Dales
Prepare yourself for an off-road adventure by brushing up on your compass and map skills.
Great days out: Walk Ilkey Moor
Wander among the prehistoric rock carvings and ancient monuments of a wild, windswept moor.
Great Day’s out: Walk from Keld to Tan Hill Inn
Visit Britain’s highest pub after working up a thirst on this circular walk on the northern edge of the Dales.
Great Days Out: Hackfall Wood
A sleeping beauty of a woodland dotted with follies and temples, Hackfall has been awoken with sensitivity and love
Great Days Out: The Forbidden Corner
Pit your wits against the puzzles within a labyrinthine garden full of magic and mystery.
Great Days Out: The Way of the Roses
Cycle from coast to coast, through the Dales, from Lancashire to East Yorkshire
Great Days Out: Wensleydale
Discover a stunning part of the Yorkshire Dales, including Britain’s highest waterfall, pretty wildflower meadows and the home of a much-loved cheese.
Seven of Britain’s Natural Wonders: Upper Swale Valley
A meandering, green tendril of wildflower-rich haymeadows, penetrating deep into the looming moors at the north-western fringe of the Yorkshire Dales
Top Five British Waterfalls: Aysgarth Falls
Feast your eyes on these magnificent stepped waterfalls, featured in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. If one famous waterfall isn’t enough, head to England’s highest unbroken fall, Hardraw Force, which was also used in the same film.
Top 10 Railway Day-Trips: Settle to Carlisle
Perfect for those wishing to explore both the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District National Parks within one day.
Top 10 Picnic Views: Wild swimming in Upper Warfdale
The countryside around the village of Grassington is dotted with pools and falls, making it an idyllic location for a spot of wild swimming – followed, of course, by a riverside picnic.
While John stays in the Dales to witness the first ever release of captive bred native crayfish in a Countryfile exclusive, Ellis Harrison is in Kent exploring old industrial sites that have become some of the best nature reserves in the country.
Great Days Out: Hythe
Discover a charming market town with Napoleonic defences and an intriguing house of bones.
Extinct shorthairs bumblebee returns to UK
An extinct species of bumblebee (Bombus Subterraneus), which has not been seen in the UK for over 20 years, is being re-introduced in Kent.
My Countryside Heaven: Dungeness
There’s absolutely no bit of British countryside quite like Dungeness, says Mike Parker.
Meanwhile Tom Heap investigate whether the increasingly-popular act of foraging is actually threatening the countryside, and Helen Skelton and Adam Henson meet more contestants entering this year’s One Man and His Dog.