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National Parks Week 2017: here's what you can do in the Dales!

Friday 21 July, 2017, by Sarah Nicholson

It’s that time of year again, when we celebrate everything wonderful and unique about our UK family of 15 National Parks.
The theme this year is ‘Bringing People Together’ and we’ve got lots going on here in the Dales. Come and see for yourself why the public voted us National Park of the Year (BBC Countryfile Magazine)!
We’ve got six super guided walks to choose from, all led by our knowledgeable and enthusiastic Dales Volunteers:

Helping hand: making friends on a guided walk

Helping hand: making friends on a guided walk

Discover Aisgill Force – Tues 25 July, 13:30 to 16:00
Join Alastair Macintosh and Stuart Armstrong on an afternoon stroll from Hawes to find one of the National Park’s loveliest waterfalls.
Contact Hawes National Park Centre on  01969 666210 – or BOOK NOW
Linton Heritage Trail – Tues 25 July, 14:00 to 16:30
The Dales is connected to some of the biggest events of our past; join Mick Richings and Gwynneth Jackson to discover links to the Great Plague and Great Fire of London.
Contact Grassington National Park Centre on 01756 715690 – or BOOK NOW
Kisdon Classic Circular – Thurs 27 July, 11:00 to 16:00
Dales’ traditions have deep and curious roots; join Clive Herdman and Jennifer Slater to walk along part of the Corpse Way over Kisdon Hill.
Contact Reeth National Park Centre on  01748 884059 – or BOOK NOW
The Erratic Boulders of Norber & a Secret Dale – Sat 29 July, 11:00 to 15:30
The National Park’s limestone scenery is stunning; explore our geological past with Mike Pinder and Linda Hodson.
Contact Malham National Park Centre on 01729 833200 – or BOOK NOW

Aysgarth Falls

Family day out at Aysgarth Falls

By Castle & Byway – Sunday 30 July, 10:00 to 15:30
Join Stuart Armstrong and John Turner for glorious views of Bolton Castle and Aysgarth Falls.
Contact Hawes National Park Centre on 01969 662910 – or BOOK NOW
Hawes Rural Heritage – Sunday 30 July 11:00 to 16:00
Walk with Alastair Macintosh and Margaret Emmott to find out more about the Dales’ unexpected industrial past.
Contact Hawes National Park Centre on 01969 666210 – or BOOK NOW
Guided walks cost £5 per person – children go free. Assistance dogs only, please. And the best bit is all the money raised goes towards our Three Peaks Project, aiming to keep this special bit of the National Park in top top condition.
There are five fab events at the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes – four of which are included in normal Museum admission. Call 01969 666210 for details and to book:

Traditional skills: drystone walling demo in the amphitheatre, Dales

Traditional skills: drystone walling demo in the amphitheatre, Dales Countryside Museum

Drystone Walling Demonstration – Tues 25 July, 11:00 to 15:00
Join our Dales Volunteers as they look at one of the most iconic features of the National Park landscape, showcasing this traditional art and the process of turning a pile of stones into something that will last for centuries.
What Does A Ranger Do? – Weds 26 July, 14:00 to 15:00
Meet a National Park Ranger for an illustrated talk about how our ranger service keeps the Yorkshire Dales a special place.

Friends of the Museum talk about life in a Dales' kitchen in times past

Friends of the Museum talk about life in a Dales’ kitchen in times past

In The Kitchen: Dairying – Fri 28 July, 11:00 to 15:00
Join us in our traditional farmhouse kitchen where costumed Friends of the Museum will explain the dairying process in times gone by.
Fantastic Felt – Fri 28 July, 10:30 to 16:00
Drop in and work with artist Margaret Murphy to make felt and create jewellery and keyrings. £3.
Magical Moths – Sun 30 July, 11:00 to 16:00
See these beautiful creatures up close using microscopes at this drop-in event, and learn how to identify them.

Streamdipping at Malham on a Wild Wednesday

Stream dipping at Malham on a Wild Wednesday

And finally, National Parks Week features at its heart one of our most popular FREE family events, Wild Wednesday (Weds 26 July, 11:00 to 15:00, Franks Bridge, Kirkby Stephen). Drop-in activities for accompanied 5 to 12-year-olds – all they need to bring is shoes they can paddle in, a towel, and an adult to help them with any tricky stuff.
Get the latest! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter throughout the week, and you can also find the full programme and read more about National Parks Week on our website at

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Sarah Nicholson

Sarah is our communicator in residence at the YDNPA


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