The Yorkshire Dales

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The Yorkshire Dales is one of the most inspiring places in these Isles – and one I keep returning too.

Mountains, sweeping fells, remote gems, hidden ravines – it’s a magical place.

Two of my books chart this National Park – with prints and postcards depicting its beauty.


Yorkshire’s Three Peaks: The Inside Story of the Dales

The Three Peaks Of Yorkshire – Ingleborough, Pen-y-ghent and Whernside – hold a unique fascination and focal point for all who head to the Dales.

They dominate the landscape, shape those who work with and around them, and together offer one of the toughest challenges England can offer.

Using the famous Three Peaks Walk as a road map, Mike Appleton takes a tour around this most popular of areas and finds the real story of the picturesque dales in Yorkshire’s Three Peaks: The Inside Story of the Dales

Away from the trudging boots the farmers who have been abandoned by the EU and are left to fight on. The tourist villages still picking up the pieces following Foot and Mouth. The locals struggling to find affordable housing.

But in a time when the countryside is facing a crisis from cuts and reduced spending, he also finds beauty in the labyrinth of passages hidden beneath the earth, how countless species continue to thrive and how those characters of the Dales carry on regardless. And he speaks to those who are charged with making sure this boundless natural wonder continues to serve its people and the rest of the country for generations to come.

As good an account of modern rural life as I’ve read in years and every bit as important as the work of Marie Hartley in the early to mid 20th century. Appleton has spoken to a good range of people who live and work around the 3 Peaks which offers a fresh perspective on an area that is much more than than boots and beer. Highly recommended! (Review on Good Reads)


50 Gems of the Yorkshire Dales

The Yorkshire Dales is one of the most diverse and rich landscapes in the British Isles.

Limestone interlaces with sweeping and rolling fells and dramatic peaks arise from its plains.

Within are caverns that stretch for miles under the surface, emphatic flora and fauna that thrive in this unique environment and the hardiest of local folk who eke out a living in unison with their surroundings.

This equilibrium is is harnessed and interwoven by a revered heritage that not only stretches back hundreds of years but is retained, protected and celebrated today.

In this book, we explore 50 of these magical places and discover what makes the the Yorkshire Dales a unique place to live, visit and be part of.

See the majestic Skipton Castle and Skipton Canal, enjoy the splendour of Bolton Abbey and the fascinating views and history from the Three Peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside then compare them to the tragedy and triumph of Ribblehead Viaduct.

Follow the underground routes overground at Clapham and Chapel Le Dale and find out the secrets of life in Dent, Malham, Settle and Gunnerside.

Discover some of this area’s secrets and treasures, and learn the fascinating history behind them with this handy guide.


Prints and Postcards

There are several iconic pictures I have taken in the Mascarandy Store and all make great presents. Take a look – they’ll look great on someone’s wall!

More prints coming soon!


All are now available in the Mascarandy Online Store – and are in stock (unlike some other online retailers!)

For a limited time only both are cheaper than Amazon too – and we offer free shipping to UK addresses.

And, until December 13 you can get 10 per cent off in the store by using the code xmas10 at the checkout!