Thanks to the popular Yorkshire TV soap opera of the same name, the fictional "Emmerdale" (formerly "Emmerdale Farm") is perhaps nowadays one of the most famous "places" in the whole of the Yorkshire Dales - even though it doesn't really exist (!)
At present the TV show is filmed on a purpose built set just outside the dales on the Harewood House estate near Harrogate, though title sequences for very early episodes of the soap (when it was called "Emmerdale Farm") were filmed up at Arncliffe in Littondale (from where it is believed the series derived its title - "Amerdale" being the ancient norse name for Littondale).
For a long period the village of Esholt (just outside Bradford in West Yorkshire's Bronte Country - not actually even part of the real Yorkshire Dales area) was used as the fictional village of Beckindale (where most of the action in the series is set).
Other Emmerdale related websites:
For more information about Emmerdale, please also visit the following externally maintained websites and web pages:
- Alan Turnbull's Emmerdale Page
- Emmerdale Net
- Esholt (former filming location of TV's "Emmerdale", situated in the Aire Valley just on the outskirts of Bradford)