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Fact file about the Yorkshire Dales National Park

About the Yorkshire Dales National Park:

  • The Yorkshire Dales National Park was established in 1954.

  • It is one of 15 National Parks in the UK.

  • 20,229 people live in the National Park (Office of National Statistics 2007).

  • It covers 1,761.8km2 (176,200 hectares).

  • It contains 1,454kms of footpaths and 618kms of bridleways.

  • Drystone walls in the National Park stretch for 8,689km and there are 1,016km of hedgerows.

  • The National Park has a housing stock of 10,236 buildings, of which 15 per cent are second or holiday homes (2001 Census).

  • The average house price according to the Land Registry was £241,297 in 2005.

  • An average of 12.6 million day visitors and 1.39 million staying visitors come to the National Park every year.

  • There is a species of moss in the Yorkshire Dales that grows nowhere else in the world.

  • There is a species of bat (the brown long-eared bat) seen in the Dales that has ears that are three quarters the length of its head and body.

  • There are more than 1,000 species of moths, around 100 species of nesting birds, over 25 species of butterflies, more than 30 species of mammals and hundreds of plant species in the National Park.

  • The National Park has its own Three Peaks – Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent – and thousands of walkers take up the challenge each year of completing the 24.5 mile circular route over them in 12 hours or less.

For more information on the above or any other feature of the National Park, please see the About the Yorkshire Dales National Park section of the website and the Facts and figures page.

There are many useful documents available, of particular interest might be the Yorkshire Dales National Park Profile 2012 - this summarises the statistics held in the most recent State of the Park Report.

About the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority:

  • The Yorkshire Dales National Park has two main purposes:

    'to conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the area'

    and

    'to promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the National Park by the public'.

  • In carrying out its purposes, the Authority has a duty 'to seek to foster the economic and social well being of local communities'.

The National Park is administered by an Authority of 22 members.  These are made up of:

  • 12 appointed from the local County and District Councils

  • 10 appointed by the Secretary of State for the Environment (six in recognition of the national status of the area and four to represent the parishes in the National Park).

  • The Authority employs approximately 140 staff who are managed by the Chief Executive.

For more information on the National Park Authority, please see the Authority page of the website.

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