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Education pre-visit frequently asked questions

We know visit leaders and participants have loads of questions about our activities. These FAQS outline the most common questions we are asked:

Will you work with my group?

We work with the people who we know are less likely to access the National Park without our support. We usually only work with groups who live within 90 minutes travel distance from the National Park.

For more information find out who we work with and why.

Who will lead our visit?

Your visit will be led by a member of the Access and Engagement team with the support of our amazing volunteers. Our group leaders are experienced and have training in first aid and leading groups in the outdoors.

How much will my group visit cost?

We don’t charge for our standard group or education visit programmes. Our visits include all activities, materials and use of equipment. We also have a small transport fund that can contribute towards the cost of getting to the National Park.

Can you help with transport?

Most groups come on private coaches and mini-buses, some on public transport. Our transport fund can help towards your transport costs, how much we can fund varies according to the type of activity and the number of visits you have already had with us. For more details, please contact the Education and Learning Team.

Will my group need their own outdoor gear?

We try to plan our activities so that participants don’t need to have ‘outdoor’ gear, lightweight trousers or leggings (jeans and heavy cotton trousers take a long time to dry out and can get very cold), lots of layers and flat shoes with good grips are usually enough. You can borrow waterproof jackets and trousers and we also have a small number of walking boots.

What will my group need to bring?

Usually a packed lunch, a drink in a re-sealable bottle in a bag they can carry comfortably during the day. If it’s hot hats and sun-cream, for cold days’ lots of warm layers.

Can we buy food during our visit?

This might not be possible, as many of our visits start at places without local shops or cafes. If you want to buy food please let us know so that this can be planned in to your visit. For people with specific dietary requirements, we might need to pre-book café space, and some needs may not be catered for without pre-ordering.

Some of my group might need extra support, can they still come on a visit?

We adapt our sessions to meet the additional needs and abilities of participants. We can adapt our visits to accommodate the needs of people with disabilities, and limited mobility as well as people who are new to the countryside and might be unsure of what to expect.

Do you have insurance?

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority has public liability insurance and we make sure all our providers and the facilities we use carry appropriate insurance. You can ask to see our insurance certificate.