A THREE-part BBC Two documentary series will explore the hidden gems nestled in the Yorkshire Dales, as well as the spots we know and love.

Adventurer Paul Rose will be roaming around Britain's third biggest National Park to show off the reasons why more than five million visitors are attracted to the Dales each year.

In episode one, Mr Rose is in Wensleydale where his journey starts in Garsdale. He visits the picturesque village of Hawes, the magnificent Aysgarth Falls and the medieval Bolton Castle, before finishing up in the market town of Leyburn.

He will also be checking out the hills that test the world’s best cyclists and is joined by British racing cyclist Annie Simpson, who challenges him to cycle up one of the highest points in the Dales, the renowned Buttertubs Pass.

At Bolton Castle, Paul meets Tom Orde-Powlett, a man whose home is his actual castle and in Aysgarth he has a close-up encounter with a family of beautiful Dales dormice.

Episodes two and three of The Yorkshire Dales will see Paul visit Swaledale and Wharfedale.

The first episode will air at 7pm on Saturday, May 18, on BBC Two.