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The Yorkshire Dales National Park: How did you do?

Monday 13 July, 2020, by Cat Kilner

If you don’t want to know the answers, look away now! You can have a go at the quiz yourself here. Otherwise, read on…

1. Can you name this breed of deer? (1 point)

Credit: Whitfield Benson

Answer: Roe deer (Capreolus capreolus)

Roe deer are one of only two native species of deer in the UK. (The other is the red deer, Cervus elaphus).

They stand up to 75cm high at the shoulder, are solid brown in colour and have beautiful black noses and eyes. They also have a very noticable white patch on the rump. In females, it is an upside down heart shape, while in males it is more oval. Neither sex has a tail, although females can develop a pale coloured ‘tush’ of hair in the winter, which can look a little like a tail (as in the photo).

They are amazing masters of disguise, and it can be incredibly hard to spot them unless they move!

2. If you were standing in a ‘boose’, where would you be? (1 point)

A. In a cow stall
B. In a pub
C. In a hay loft
D. In a kitchen pantry

Answer:  A. In a cow stall

A ‘boose’ was a stall in a traditional barn where cows would be kept over the winter. The word probably comes from the Old Norse word ‘bas’, meaning ‘box’.

Dales Countryside Museum shares the stories of the people and places of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. You can find out more on the Museum’s Facebook or Twitter pages.

You can also find out more about traditional barns here.

3. What is the word for the feature/shape created by the river in this photo? (1 point)

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Credit: YDNPA

Answer: It is a ‘meander’

It is formed by the river cutting though the easiest route on its way downhill. On flatter areas of land, rivers are constantly shifting their position and very rarely stay exactly the same.

4a. What is the alternative local name for Ribblehead Viaduct?

Answer: Batty Moss Viaduct

b. What was the name of the Victorian railway company that built the Settle-Carlisle railway line?

Answer: The Midland Railway

It became part of the London Midland Scottish Railway [LMS] in 1923, which in turn became part of British Railways in 1923.

(1 point each)

5. Can you name the fungus in the photo? (1 point)

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Credit: Whitfield Benson

Answer: The shaggy ink cap (Coprinus comatus)

This tall fungus (up to 30cm high) is easily recognisable. It is slender until it opens out and then the pink gills gradually turn black and dissolve into ‘ink’ around the edges, giving it is name.

Did you know… it is also sometimes called lawyers wig!

6. Can you name the collective nouns for these animals? (1 point each)
As an example you could say ‘a conspiracy of ravens’.

A. Ladybirds
B. Sparrows
C. Badgers
D. Lapwings
E. Moths


A. A loveliness
B. A quarrel (sometimes also called a knot, flutter or crew)
C. A cete (sometimes also called a colony)
D. A deceit
E. A whisper (sometimes also called a universe)

Did you know, the lapwings’ collective noun continues a myth that the birds are deceitful and treacherous. It may have originated in the fact that they sometimes make false nest sites to confuse predators and will act as if injured to draw threats away from the real nest.

7. Can you name the hostelry in the photo? For a bonus point, can you name the road that it stands on? (1 point each)

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Credit: Blue Sky International

Answer: Tan Hill Inn. which stands on Long Causeway above Reeth.

Dating back to the 17th century, the Tan Hill Inn is the highest public house in Britain, at 528m above sea level.

8. True or false..?

In areas of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the night sky has so little light pollution that it is possible to see the Andromeda Galaxy with the naked eye. (1 point)

Answer: True

The Yorkshire Dales has amazingly dark skies with very little light pollution.

The Andromeda Galaxy is the most distant object that you can see in the night sky with the naked eye.

Just about anywhere in the National Park is great for stargazing! On a clear night you could see as many as 2,000 stars. In most places it is possible to see the Milky Way as well as the planets and meteors – and not forgetting the Moon. You might even catch the Northern Lights when activity and conditions are right, as well as the International Space Station travelling at 17,000mph overhead.

Light pollution hides the night sky so the more remote you are from light sources such as street lights, the better. We are working with residents and businesses in the National Park to help reduce poor or inappropriate lighting as part of our bid to become an International Dark Sky Reserve.

9. Tourist and leisure information is shown in blue on Ordnance Survey maps (except public phones, which are in black).

Can you work out the symbols and count how many of the following items you can find on the map? (1 point for each correct answer)

A. Car parking
B. Toilets (public conveniences)
C. Pubs
D. Picnic sites
E. Public phones

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Credit: Crown copyright and database rights 2020 Ordnance Survey 100023740


A. 2 (shown as a white ‘P’ in a blue square)
B. 2 (shown as ‘PC’ in blue letters)
C. 3 (shown as a blue pint tankard – one is hard to spot in the middle of Grassington)
D. 1 (shown as a blue picnic bench)
3 (shown as a black telephone receiver)

On a map like this, with lots of detailed information, many symbols will have lines pointing to exactly where they are located.

10. Can you work out the watercourse in each of the anagrams? They are all in the National Park. (1 point each)

A. Arri ever frisk
B. Kibbled poaches
C. Live rerun
D. Vis writers
E. Caleb kerk


A. River Skirfare
B. Bishopdale Beck
C. River Lune
D. River Twiss
E. Arkle Beck

So, are you pleasantly surprised at how well you did, or did you know you had it in the bag?

Well done, we hope you enjoyed the quiz and learning more about the Yorkshire Dales.

1-8 Nice try! There were some tricky questions in there!

9-15 Good job – well on your way to being a Yorkshire Dales expert.

16-23 Awesome! You really know your stuff.

24? Wow – we have an expert here – when can we sign you up!?

This is just to play for fun at home among friends and family so please don’t post your answers up so that everyone can have a go! Look out for our next quiz coming soon…

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Cat Kilner

Cat is the Authority's Learning & Engagement Officer

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