Go Wild

Looking for some wild summer activities? Well here in the Yorkshire Dales we have them all through the summer holidays!

Go Wild! Activity Days are a family drop-in in the summer holidays for 5 to 12 year olds. There will be lots of different, exciting activities to get families closer to nature and learning ‘crafty’ ways to discover what is special about the National Park; such as learning about our wonderful wildlife, science exploration, making crafts and, of course, stream dipping – so remember your wellies!

These largely take place in the Malham, Aysgarth and Kirkby Stephen areas.

Go Wild!

April 18 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tebay Southbound Services, CA10 3SB United Kingdom + Google Map

Discover National Parks.

The Yorkshire Dales is one of 15 National Parks in the UK; come and explore them with us.

Come and join in the fun and learn about our wonderful wildlife. This free drop-in event is for accompanied children aged 5 to 12, with lots of science and craft based activities. All you need to bring is an adult to help you with any tricky stuff.

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April 25 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dales Countryside Museum, Station Yard Hawes North Yorkshire DL8 3NT United Kingdom + Google Map

DSI Wildlife Investigation.

Be a nature detective, follow our trail and find the clues to solve the mystery of the disappearing eggs.

Come and join in the fun and learn about our wonderful wildlife. This drop-in event is for accompanied children aged 5 to 12 , with lots of science and craft based activities.  All you need to bring is an adult to help you with any tricky stuff. Included in museum admission.

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May 28 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Fantastic Beasts.

Animals are truly amazing! Find out why our Dales creatures look and behave as they do!

Come and join in the fun and learn about our wonderful wildlife. This free drop-in event is for accompanied 5 to 12 year olds, with lots of Science and craft based activities. We will be Stream Dipping too, so you can see how many different water creatures you can find. All you need to bring is an adult to help you with any tricky stuff, wellies (or shoes you can paddle in) and a towel.

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Go Wild!

June 8 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Kirkby Lonsdale, United Kingdom + Google Map

Wild Music.

Come and make your own musical instruments from natural materials.

Come and join in the fun and learn about our wonderful wildlife. This free drop-in event is for accompanied 5 to 12 year olds, with lots of science and craft based activities. All you need to bring is an adult to help you with any tricky stuff.

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June 29 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Grassington Square, Grassington Skipton North Yorkshire BD23 5AA United Kingdom + Google Map

Marvellous Meadows.

Our fantastic meadows are buzzing with life –  come and find out more!

Come and join in the fun and learn about our wonderful wildlife. This free drop-in event is for accompanied 5 to 12 year olds, with lots of science and craft based activities.  All you need to bring is an adult to help you with any tricky stuff.

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Go Wild!

July 25 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Malham National Park Centre, Malham North Yorkshire BD23 4DA United Kingdom + Google Map

Wonderful Water.

Come and join in the fun and learn about our wonderful wildlife. This free drop-in event is for accompanied 5 to 12 year olds, with lots of science and craft based activities. We will be Stream Dipping too, so you can see  how many different water creatures you can find. All you need to bring is an adult to help you with any tricky stuff, wellies (or shoes you can paddle in) and a towel.

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Go Wild!

August 1 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre, Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre
Leyburn, North Yorkshire DL8 3TH United Kingdom
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Fabulous Flowers.

Flowers for long tongues, flowers that look like insects, flowers that eat insects – why are they all different? Come and investigate the world of wildflowers and their friends with us.

Come and join in the fun and learn about our wonderful wildlife. This free drop-in event is for accompanied 5 to 12 year olds, with lots of science and craft based activities. We will be Stream Dipping too, so you can see  how many different water creatures you can find. All you need to bring is an adult to help you with any tricky stuff, wellies (or shoes you can paddle in) and a towel.

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Go Wild!

August 8 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Malham National Park Centre, Malham North Yorkshire BD23 4DA United Kingdom + Google Map

Incredible Insects.

Insects are incredible! There are so many different types doing different jobs in the environment there’s so much to discover!

Come and join in the fun and learn about our wonderful wildlife. This free drop-in event is for accompanied 5 to 12 year olds, with lots of science and craft based activities. We will be Stream Dipping too, so you can see  how many different water creatures you can find. All you need to bring is an adult to help you with any tricky stuff, wellies (or shoes you can paddle in) and a towel.

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Go Wild!

August 15 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre, Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre
Leyburn, North Yorkshire DL8 3TH United Kingdom
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Magnificent Mammals.

We all love our cute and furry mammals! But do you know how many there are in the Yorkshire Dales? Join us to find out more.

Come and join in the fun and learn about our wonderful wildlife. This free drop-in event is for accompanied 5 to 12 year olds, with lots of science and craft based activities. We will be Stream Dipping too, so you can see  how many different water creatures you can find. All you need to bring is an adult to help you with any tricky stuff, wellies (or shoes you can paddle in) and a towel.

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Go Wild!

August 22 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Malham National Park Centre, Malham North Yorkshire BD23 4DA United Kingdom + Google Map

Breath-taking Birds.

From birds that fly on silent wings to the fastest animal on the planet, we will show you how birds are adapted to different types of lives!

Come and join in the fun and learn about our wonderful wildlife. This free drop-in event is for accompanied 5 to 12 year olds, with lots of science and craft based activities. We will be Stream Dipping too, so you can see  how many different water creatures you can find. All you need to bring is an adult to help you with any tricky stuff, wellies (or shoes you can paddle in) and a towel.

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Go Wild!

August 29 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre, Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre
Leyburn, North Yorkshire DL8 3TH United Kingdom
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Woodland Wonder

 Woodlands are more than just the sum of their trees!  Come and investigate the complex mix of animals, insects and plant in our woodlands!

 Come and join in the fun and learn about our Fantastic National Parks and wonderful wildlife. This drop-in event is for accompanied 5 to 12 year olds, with lots of science and craft based activities.

We will be Stream Dipping too (weather permitting); how many water creatures can you find?

All you need to bring is an adult to help you with any tricky stuff, wellies (or shoes you can paddle in) and a towel.

This is a free, drop in event so you can stay for a few minutes or a few hours! No booking is required.

The event is free although donations are welcome. All donations go directly towards the important work of the National Park Authority in caring for the Yorkshire Dales.

Information from Aysgarth National Park Centre

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Is Horton the 4th most popular place to start a hike in Britain? I’m not so sure.

Pen-y-ghent emerging from the mist

It’s the traditional start of the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge route and yes it gets very busy in the peak season, but is Horton-in-Ribblesdale really the fourth most popular place to start a walk in Britain?

As reported by the BBC this week, data from users of the Ordnance Survey app suggests just that. Using data from over 800, 000 routes Horton joined Edale (Peak District), Fairholmes (Peak District), Pen-y-Pass (Snowdonia), and Ambleside (Lake District) to make the top 5 most popular starting points. At face value that looks quite conclusive, but there are a couple of caveats.

Firstly, the data comes from users of the app. Whilst not exclusively, they are more likely to be from a certain demographic. To put it bluntly – the younger generation. So we are already missing a large section of the walking fraternity from the results, who are arguably more likely to be out walking.

Secondly,  it’s probable that this data doesn’t necessarily include start points for shorter walks. Would you get out your app to take a leisurely stroll up Malham Cove, for example? Perhaps you are the type that counts every inch as you work towards your daily 10,000 step goal, but I suspect most don’t. It’s far more likely that it’s those setting out on a longer, more challenging route that are going to hit the start button on their tracking app.

Perhaps a more suitable statement would be:

‘Horton is the 4th most popular start point for a certain demographic of user, taking on a typically longer route, and based on a limited data set from the Ordnance Survey app’

But then that’s not so punchy.

Panoramic shot oof the sun coming up over the Three Peaks
Sun hitting all of the peaks

With all that said, this is still a large enough dataset to be indicative of something that we are already aware of. The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge is as popular (if not more so) than ever, with over an estimated 100,000 people walking the route each year. And this means large numbers of people descend on Horton most weekends, peaking in the summer months. Many of these taking part in large organised events.

Understandably this is leading to friction with some local residents. Noise early in the morning and late in the evening from  people starting out or coming back from the walk, cars parked on road verges, public urination, and even verbal abuse have all been reported in recent years.

NB: It’s worth pointing out at this point that the Three Peaks is also seen as providing a boost to the local economy, so it’s not all bad. 

Despite the issues with the results it only goes to backup what we already know from anecdotal and actual evidence. Horton is a very popular starting point and we are working with the community to manage the issues.

Recently we launched a Code of Conduct that was drawn up with people from the community. We have also created a guide for event organisers . We now need to get this to the people before they arrive.

Our next step is launching a new FREE notification scheme, open to all people wanting to come and take on the Three Peaks Challenge. Whether an individual or an organisation planning a larger walk we want to hear from them all. Anyone who registers will receive the useful information mentioned above and also discounts on our Three Peaks app (iOS and Android) and on Three Peaks merchandise.

 

The Dales with a Tolkien twist

Hand drawn map of the Yorkshire Dales

A local artist has taken inspiration from Tolkien to produce a “Middle Earth” style map of the Yorkshire Dales.

Dan Bell, of Crook, has been taking maps of places, including the Peak District and the Lake District, and recreating them in the style of J.R.R. Tolkien’s hand-drawn maps published in The Lord of the Rings series. He’s on a mission to draw one for each of our national parks, and he’s already done ours. Continue reading “The Dales with a Tolkien twist”

In the dark of the Dales

As our memories of the dog days of summer fade like the afternoon light of autumn, it’s easy to see why at this time of year many of us turn to the habits of the animal world and find a cosy spot to hibernate in.

But there are some people who refuse to let the reduced sunlight reduce their enjoyment of the National Park.

Looking up through Gordale Scar at the stars
Looking up through Gordale Scar at the stars

One of the simplest and loveliest things to do is just look up. The night sky is truly a wonder, and with so few street lights in the Dales there’s little light pollution to ruin the sparkle of a sky laden with stars and planets. The annual Orionid meteor shower in late October can be stunning on a clear night.

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