Winning landscapes 2012
This year National Parks throughout the UK are celebrating our beautiful winning landscapes that have inspired mountaineers, sailors, cyclists, runners and Olympic athletes to aim higher and train harder - sometimes to record-breaking effect.
We hope a visit to the Yorkshire Dales National Park will inspire you to get fit and active too!
Look out for
- The opening of the Pennine Bridleway (12 June)
- The Olympic Torch at Aysgarth (20 June)
- The Sporting Spirit exhibition at Dales Countryside Museum (7 July to 4 September)
- National Parks Week events (30 July to 5 August)
- Join climber extraordinaire John Dunne live on Twitter. You can ask him anything you want - how he got started climbing; about pioneering new routes on Malham Cove; or his favourite spots in the Dales;…anything. Mark your tweets #yorkshiredales (2 August 2pm to 4pm)
- The gold post box in Hebden, near Grassington. Painted gold to celebrate local lad Andrew Triggs-Hodge's gold in the men's coxless four rowing event on 4 August 2012.
- The young travel blogger competition (closes 7 September)
“National Parks Week is all about celebrating our beautiful, winning landscapes and encouraging people everywhere to enjoy some of our most impressive and best loved parks.
“They are not only beautiful places to live and work, but they play a vital role in promoting tourism and boosting business in rural areas.
“The National Park Authorities do a great job, and through their efforts our National Parks continue to be treasured landscapes enjoyed by 75 million visitors each year. In this Olympic year, I hope our many visitors will find time to visit one.”
Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman