Kingsdale is a valley on the western edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park in northern England. The name Kingsdale derives from a combination of Old Norse and Old English (Kyen and Dael) which means The valley where the cows were kept.[1] Humans were active in Kingsdale from 6,700 BC onwards. Evidence of fire-pits used by hunter-gatherers have been found in the dale.[2]

The larger part of the valley lies within the county of North Yorkshire but its highest reaches fall just within Cumbria. It is defined by the hills of Whernside to its east and Gragareth to its west.[3] Kingsdale is drained by the south-westward flowing Kingsdale Beck which assumes the name River Twiss before joining the River Doe at Ingleton to become the River Greta.[4] The single minor public road which serves the valley is followed by the Yorkshire Dales Cycle Way.[5] There are several nationally important caves within the valley (such as Rowten Pot and Yordas Cave)[6] and the impressive resurgence of Keld Head.


  1. Chrystal, Paul (2017). The place names of Yorkshire; cities, towns, rivers and dales. Catrine: Stenlake. p. 50. ISBN 9781840337532.
  2. Addison, Mike (18 December 2009). "Mystery Iron Age find is unearthed in Yorkshire Dales". The Westmorland Gazette. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  3. "Weekend Walk: Turbary Road & Kingsdale". The Yorkshire Post. 28 January 2017. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  4. Chrystal, Paul (2017). The place names of Yorkshire; cities, towns, rivers and dales. Catrine: Stenlake. p. 103. ISBN 9781840337532.
  5. Ordnance Survey 1:63,360 scale Touring Map Yorkshire Dales
  6. Mitchell, Bill (20 November 2010). "The daring explorers of Craven's underworld". Craven Herald. Retrieved 9 August 2019.


  • Waltham, T; Murphy, P; Batty, A (November 2010). "Kingsdale: the evolution of a Yorkshire dale". The Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society. The Yorkshire geological Society. 58 (2). ISSN 0044-0604.

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