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The interaction of people with nature through history has produced a landscape of remarkable beauty, distinctive character and immense interest in that is cherished and enjoyed by the nation.

These special qualities have been recognised as worth conserving for the enrichment of us all, and are valued by millions of people in this country and world wide.

Ribblesdale is part of the Pennines, the backbone of England. Geology and natural processes have been the fundamental force behind the creation of this familiar landscape and of the variety found within it. They are quite literally the bedrock of Ribblesdale and have expression in numerous dramatic and impressive features.

Ribblesdale is an expansive area of hill country that rises in the Millstone Grit-capped Three Peaks to over 2,300ft (700 metres). The area displays one of the best examples in Britain of classic limestone (Karst) scenery, with its crags, pavements and extensive cave systems.

This is a landscape shaped by ice, with significant glacial and post-glacial landforms and features, notably drumlin fields such as that at Ribblehead and  erratics including those at Norber.

Waterfalls - such as Stainforth Force, Catrigg Force, Scaleber Force and the series of waterfalls on the rivers Twiss and Doe at Ingleton bring movement and sound.