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.
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.
Open farms are always a winner. You can feed the animals at Hesketh Farm Park near Bolton Abbey – which has plenty of activities for letting off steam inside and outside, including the giant sandpit and straw maze – and Kilnsey Park Estate has a children’s fishing pond and friendly alpacas to meet.