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Press Office for the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority

Our Press Office offers news releases, a fact file, advice on filming, quick links within our website and information on who to contact.

A gallery of free-to-use images is available – please credit the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority. Journalists can subscribe to our news releases RSS feed.

You can find out about committee meetings, dates, agenda papers and minutes in National Park Authority committees .

Our latest press releases

The latest press releases issued by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority are listed below.

Use the search to find a particular story or browse our news releases issued since 2005.

Coming up: Workshops on attracting overseas visitors

Friday, 20 April 2018

Local people in the tourism trade are being invited to see how their business could benefit from – and be part of – an exciting new campaign to market the Yorkshire Dales overseas. The government’s tourism agency, VisitEngland, is funding nine National Park Authorities – including the Yorkshire Dales – to develop new and easily-bookable ‘immersive visitor experiences’ to attract foreign tourists, with Germany and Australia identified as the key target markets.

Read the full press release, 'Coming up: Workshops on attracting overseas visitors'

Last chance to comment on five-year plan for Park

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Just two weeks remain for people to have their say on the draft ‘Yorkshire Dales National Park Management Plan 2019-2024’. It has 50 ambitious objectives, including to: •Obtain Dark Skies Reserve status for the Park •Develop a fully-costed, locally-delivered agri-environment scheme •Make a further 100km of rights of way suitable for people with limited mobility •Connect Grassington, Hawes, Reeth and Sedbergh to hyperfast broadband •Develop at least one new business site

Read the full press release, 'Last chance to comment on five-year plan for Park'

Dairying: it’s the Wensleydale whey

Monday, 16 April 2018

A big two-year project exploring Wensleydale’s dairying heritage will get underway in Hawes next week.

Read the full press release, 'Dairying: it’s the Wensleydale whey'

A masterpiece celebrated: Life and Tradition at 50

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

A new exhibition opening at the Dales Countryside Museum (DCM) in Hawes celebrates a book which “just in the nick of time” recorded the traditional ways of life in the Yorkshire Dales. Marie Hartley and Joan Ingilby’s groundbreaking work, Life and Tradition in the Yorkshire Dales, was published 50 years ago – and the exhibition reveals how it was researched and written.

Read the full press release, 'A masterpiece celebrated: Life and Tradition at 50'

Could you be an ‘Independent Person’?

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority is looking for an independent, fair-minded person able to help deal with any complaints made about its 25 Members. The Authority is legally required to appoint two people to the role of ‘Independent Person’ – and one vacancy has arisen.

Read the full press release, 'Could you be an ‘Independent Person’?'

Bid to extend Wensleydale farm payment pilot

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) has applied to extend and expand a pioneering agri-environment pilot scheme that it has been running in Wensleydale in partnership with Natural England. In its submission to Defra, it says there is an “outstanding opportunity” to support upland farm businesses and significantly enhance the environment by extending the pilot by up to three years and doubling the number of farms involved. The application was debated at a Full Authority meeting this afternoon.

Read the full press release, 'Bid to extend Wensleydale farm payment pilot'

See world’s fastest animal ‘up close’

Monday, 26 March 2018

A viewpoint will open at Malham Cove on Thursday for people to watch Peregrine Falcons nesting in the wild. The free public viewpoint is at the base of the Cove, where Information Assistants and a team of volunteers will be on hand to show people the birds through telescopes.

Read the full press release, 'See world’s fastest animal ‘up close’'

‘Gateway’ visitor centre gets makeover

Friday, 23 March 2018

Aysgarth National Park Centre – which last year welcomed more than a hundred thousand visitors – will reopen on Good Friday (30 March) after a full refurbishment.

Read the full press release, '‘Gateway’ visitor centre gets makeover'

Yorkshire’s highest peak needs YOU!

Thursday, 22 March 2018

A group of walking enthusiasts and guides came together on Yorkshire’s highest peak, Whernside, this week for the local launch of a campaign to raise money for the repair of one of the main footpaths up the mountain.

Read the full press release, 'Yorkshire’s highest peak needs YOU!'

Upland farmers – make your voices heard

Friday, 16 March 2018

The YDNPA is urging local farmers and landowners to try to find time out from lambing to respond to the government’s major consultation on the ‘Future of Agriculture’. The consultation paper proposes big changes after Brexit, not least the phasing out of Direct Payments (BPS), the source of almost all profits for upland farm businesses.

Read the full press release, 'Upland farmers – make your voices heard'

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