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What to do in September

A sight not to be missed in September is the heather in full-bloom on our high moorlands. Managed for grouse shooting over the past couple of hundred years, the heather is carefully burned off in a mosiac to provide both food and ground cover for the birds. Swaledale has some of the best heather moorlands many of which hide ancient monuments such as the enigmatic Maiden Castle above Reeth or more recent leadmining remains such as the flues above Cupola smelt mill on Grassington Moor. Explore with care though as there are many uncovered mine shafts also hidden on the moors.

The last agricultural shows of the year are held in September such as the one in Muker in Swaledale. Check out our What's On calendar for details.


Castles, museums, arts, crafts, wildlife and outdoor attractions.

Ideas for short walks

Find a great selection of short walks to go on at popular locations throughout the National Park

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