The river valleys – the Dales – are the defining feature of this part of Yorkshire. They flow along the routes taken by the long vanished glaciers, carving through the limestone and winding through the remnants of the Great Wood. These are ancient places, where the drystone walls could be thousands of years old, and where the villages date back beyond memory. The tales of these valleys are piled on those of countless generations of others: waiting to be told again.

(photographs copyright Gavin Jones)