Bedale is a market town and civil parish now in the district of Hambleton, North Yorkshire, England. Historically an ecclesiastical parish in the North Riding of Yorkshire, it is situated 34 miles (55 km) north of Leeds, 26 miles (42 km) south-west of Middlesbrough and 7 miles (11 km) south-west of the county town of Northallerton.
Bedale is listed in the Domesday Book as part of Catterick wapentake, which was also known as Hangshire (so named from Hang Bank in Finghall, and because of the many gallows used to execute marauding Scots). Catterick was split and Bedale remained in East Hang.
Bedale Beck is a tributary of the River Swale, which forms one of the Yorkshire Dales. The area has a predominance of agriculture and its related small traditional trades, although tourism is increasingly important.
For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Bedale. The article includes a long history section.