Yorkshire Dales named 'best national park in Europe'

Malham Beck and Cliffs at Malham Cove
Malham Beck and Cliffs at Malham Cove Credit: Press Association

The Yorkshire Dales have been named as the best national park in Europe and the eleventh best in the world.

That is according to Tripadvisor Travellers' Choice Best of the Best Awards.

The new category was introduced this year because more people have been heading outdoors due to the pandemic. The award recognises the scenic and historically significant parks that are the most popular.

Aerial view of Bolton Priory in the Yorkshire Dales Credit: Press Association

For the first time the city of York has been honoured as one of the world's top trending places to visit.  

York ranks 22nd in the world’s top Trending Destinations awards Credit: Press Association

This category recognises destinations that saw the biggest increase in positive ratings and reviews over the last year, meaning they actually grew in popularity during the pandemic.  It ranked 22nd in the list with  Cabo San Lucas in Mexico taking the top spot.

Here are some of your favourite views of the Yorkshire Dales:

Hardraw Force waterfall Credit: Brian Brady

View near Garsdale Credit: Brian Brady
Views in the hills between Settle and Stainforth Credit: Steven Bamford

Ominous looking skies above Yockenthwaite in the Yorkshire Dales Credit: Laurence Little

Tallulah Young, aged 1, enjoying the sunshine at Malham Cove Credit: Laura Young

Woodland trails at Malham Cove Credit: Laura Young

October sunset, Pen-Y-Ghent. Credit: Kerry Wilson