Bainbridge, 5 April, 2019
Flowers, lambs, red squirrels and dormice all feature in a packed programme of events and activities getting underway in the Yorkshire Dales National Park to celebrate ‘Discover National Parks Fortnight’.
Three family activity days will help young children get closer to nature. ‘Lambing Time’ (16 April) will be two hours of fleecy fun at Gill Garth Farm in Ribblesdale; ‘Wild about Dormice’ (17 April) will be held at Aysgarth Falls; and ‘Wild about Streams’ (26 April) will be an opportunity for children and their families to go stream dipping near Malham.
‘Be a Ranger for a Day’ events will take place in Kettlewell (24 April) and Grassington (1 June), while ‘Go Wild!’ days involving science and crafts will take place at Tebay Southbound Services (18 April) and Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes (25 April).
There will be three guided walks during National Parks Fortnight. ‘Secret Squirrel’ (14 April) will take people to an area full of red squirrels; ‘Dent Town Trail’ (18 April) will feature tales of Adam Sedgwick, the Terrible Knitters and the Dent Vampire; and ‘Barns, walls and bridges’ (23 April) will give people an insight into some of Wensleydale’s most distinctive built features.
Full details of all the events, and how to book, are atwww.yorkshiredales.org.uk/events
Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority Education and Events Manager, Catherine Kemp, said: “During this year’s National Parks Fortnight we’re shining the spotlight on some of the amazing animals that live in the National Park. Our ‘Wild About’ events will be led by our specialist staff; each of the two hour discovery sessions will get children and their families ‘hands on’ and back to nature.
“The ‘Ranger for a Day’ events will provide opportunities for children to carry out practical conservation tasks, while the ‘Go Wild’ events will help people discover what makes our National Park so special. Our guided walks are a friendly and relaxed way to explore the National Park with expert guides in the company of fellow walkers.”
‘Discover National Parks Fortnight’ is intended to inspire people of all ages and interests to go outside and explore and learn more about the UK’s 15 National Parks.
This year is the 70th anniversary of the 1949 National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act, which paved the way for the establishment of National Parks in the UK.
John Packman, Chief Executive of the Broads Authority which looks after the Broads National Park, and spokesman for Discover National Parks Fortnight, said:
“The news is full of stories about how important it is for our physical and mental health to spend time in nature, especially with the spiralling effects of social media and digital technology on the pace of life. National Parks offer some of the best places in the country to switch off, to experience and connect with our landscape, our wildlife, and our friends, our families and ourselves.
“Discover National Parks is also about highlighting why the UK National Parks are globally distinctive, and why we need everyone to help us care for them. Unlike many National Parks around the world, ours are living landscapes, full of natural and human life – with many villages, towns and even cities within the National Parks. We do not have gates or entry fees, people live and work here.”
Join in with #NationalParksFortnight2019 and #DiscoverNationalParks throughout the year.