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Raydale (also known as Raydaleside)[1] is a dale on the south side of Wensleydale, in the North Riding of Yorkshire.

The northern part of the dale is the valley of the River Bain, which flows out of Semerwater, one of very few lakes in the Yorkshire Dales. Above the lake the dale is drained by smaller becks, and is joined by two smaller dales, Cragdale on the east and Bardale on the west.

Three hamlets sit in the dale, Countersett, Marsett and Stalling Busk. The village of Bainbridge stands at the mouth of the dale.[2]

The dale is a broad, flat-bottomed U-shaped valley, with a significant woodland cover around Semerwater and the other water courses.[3]

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  1. Fox, Alexa (25 March 2022). "Joint programme to help nature". Darlington & Stockton Times (2022-12): p. 71. SSN 2516-5348. 
  2. Chrystal, Paul (2017). The Place Names of Yorkshire; Cities, Towns, Villages, Rivers and Dales, some Pubs too, in Praise of Yorkshire Ales (1 ed.). Catrine: Stenlake. p. 104. ISBN 9781840337532. 
  3. Yorkshire Dales National Park: Landscape character: Raydale