What’s on: UCI World Championships

Cyclists whizzing past on the road with many spectators, as part of the Tour de France

Interested in the bike race that will soon be gripping the attention of Yorkshire this September?

You can find below all of the special events that will be happening in the Yorkshire Dales National Park to celebrate the UCI World Championships. These include community activities that you and your family can be involved in, extraordinary land art that’s definitely worth a photo, and so much more.


Bainbridge:

Community Fun Day in Bainbridge – Sunday 29 September from 9am to 5pm

The community in Bainbridge have arranged for a family fun day on the village green, right on the route of the Men’s elite race on Sunday. Activity includes pop-up stalls, inflatables, music and entertainment and a big screen to watch the race!


Carperby:

Community Fun day in Carperby – Thursday 26th September from 11am to 2pm

The people of Carperby are coming together on the village green for a ‘bring and share’ picnic. About 20 villagers have been knitting little UCI jerseys to form bunting and decorating the village cross in UCI colours. They’re asking people to come dressed completely in one of the UCI Rainbow colours. There will also be Land Art on the football pitch which will include a UCI jersey and the name of the village. The race will also be shown on a big screen, and the riders are expected in Carperby around 12.45pm.


Hawes:

Community Fun day in Hawes – Sunday 29 September from 10am to 6pm

Hawes are having a Family Fun Day on the Hawes Community Fields as the Men’s Elite Road Race passes by! They’ve arranged for a bar, disco, cake stalls, bouncy castle, craft stalls, face painting, body glitter and sports!

Dales Countryside Museum (Hawes) Activity day – Saturday 28 September

There will be film screenings, family activities and workshops, and open air cinema on the evening of Saturday 28 September at the Dales Countryside Museum. The day will be organised by Stage 1 Cycles. During the day the museum will be hosting cycle related activities for families such as make-your-own bike handle bar streamers.

Buttertubs Pass Land Art – Sunday September 29 at 11:15am

Yorkshire based artist Adrian Riley and student designer Emily Vitty were chosen by Richmondshire District Council to design, create and install the land art close to the Buttertubs Pass.


Reeth:

Caravan – Sunday September 29 from 8am to 9.20am

For the very first time in the event’s 98-year history, Yorkshire 2019 have organised a publicity ‘Caravan’. This was hugely popular when the Tour de France came to Yorkshire in 2014, and this year, the flotilla will travel the Men’s Elite Road Race route from Reeth in the Yorkshire Dales National Park down to Harrogate.

Reeth was chosen especially as a way of recognising the resolve and spirit shown in the wake of the severe flash flooding which ravaged parts of the Yorkshire Dales last month.

Swaledale (which encompasses Reeth) was particularly badly hit with many residents suffering damage to their homes and businesses. The bridge on Grinton Moor – which was due to feature in the Men’s Elite Road Race – was washed away completely but North Yorkshire County Council have acted swiftly to build a temporary replacement, meaning the route for that race will be unchanged. 

So far, confirmed for the Caravan are Harrogate Spring Water, Global Autocare, Alpecin, Sigma Sports, Welcome to Yorkshire, UK Sports and Leeds Cares.

Swaledale Fan Hub at the Dales Bike Centre – This will take place throughout Championships week

The Dales Bike Centre in Fremington have set up a Swaledale Fan Hub for the Championships. They’re showing all the races on a big screen, arranging food, drink and entertainment, and have organised bike rides out to see the racing at various locations in the National Park. Dales Bike Centre have also done a fantastic job spreading the message that the Yorkshire Dales are open for business following the freak flash flood at the end of July.

The Beefeaters at Grinton Moor Summit – Sunday September 29 from 9am to 11.55am

Since 2014 The 6 ‘Beefeaters’, a group of distinctly average cyclists, have been ever present at the Tour de France. A group of friends brought together by their love of road cycling and a passion for sharing good times.

Together they’ve been putting on ‘probably the best party at the Tour de France’ all over the French Alps for 6 years. This year they’re bringing the party to Yorkshire and the UCI Road World Championships. They are the world’s best cycling fans, and you can experience them ramping up the atmosphere on the Grinton Moor Summit during the Men’s Elite Road Race.  


For more information on the race itself please visit: worlds.yorkshire.com/the-races

For information on road closures please visit: www.northyorks.gov.uk/uciroad-world-cycling-championships

Five go to Cyprus!

Tour of Nicosia

On 5th December, five staff and volunteer members from the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority set off to Lefkara in Cyprus to take part in a PRIDE2 (Partnership for Rural Improvement & Development in Europe) week-long training course, organised by GRAMPUS and funded by the EU through its Erasmus+ programme. This was was a cultural exchange and a chance to share knowledge, as well as a great opportunity to learn about a new culture, food and traditions, and to see a completely different way of life.

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Cheese Festival – a second bite

Cheese Festival Street Food

A month has passed since our second, incredible Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival. We believe we managed to achieve an ever bigger and better event this year, and we hope you think so, too!

We had not one, but two hub events, including the first ever Beer and Beef Festival in the region.

The Cheese Festival @ Wensleydale Creamery opened the week-long festivities, with 35 local food and drink producers ‘wedged’ into the bustling marquee. There were cheese tastings, pairings and talks, cookery demonstrations, street food stalls, and excellent live entertainment from some very talented bands.

The Beer and Beef Festival, at Springhill Farm, Jervaulx, ended the celebrations with a bang – twelve hours of (unsurprisingly) beer, beef, fun and music!

Throughout the week some truly brilliant businesses got on board the cheese train, creating cheese-themed menus, farm walks, and demos, and helping people discover the fabulous dairying heritage of the Yorkshire Dales.


We’re going to let the pictures do most of the talking, but before we do we’d like to say a massive THANK YOU to all the fantastic producers, suppliers and businesses that took part – it wouldn’t be what it is without you.

Visit www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/cheese-festival to see the full star line-up for 2018 and find out more about them, as well as keeping an eye out for what’s coming in 2019. When it comes to our amazing local produce we have so much to celebrate.

Here’s to #CheeseFest19.

Dog enjoying cheese
“Yes, that’s fine. I’ll take half a pound, please.”

Cheese sniffing
“Boy, that’s a smelly cheese!”

Having a good laugh at the cheese tasting
“What does cheese say to itself in the mirror?” “Halloumi”

Band playing at the Cheese Festival
“Sweet dreams are made of cheese, who am I to diss a brie, I Cheddar the world and the Feta cheese, everybodys looking for Stilton.”

Cheese cake tower
No if’s, no buts, this will be my wedding cake!

Cheese tasting at the Festival
Give me that cheeeese!

Cheese selfie with some cheese
Say cheese… eat cheese… sleep cheese! Good advice from John Natlacen of The Churchmouse, Barbon.

This cheese comes with matching sunglasses.

We even have invisible cheese! The lovely Razan Alsous of Yorkshire Dama demonstrates.

A cheese explosion! Was that supposed to happen?

“Can we go home now? You two have had enough cheese!”

“Please sir, have some Baa Bon cheese?”

Cheese Hay Bales
…and we have some extra large packs for the serious cheese eater!

Young People in Rural Communities Call for Action

The Youth Manifesto

I don’t know if you have heard, but we are facing a serious issue in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It’s not a new issue, but it’s escalating – and escalating fast.

We cannot attract or retain young people in the area.

As a young person who moved to live in the Yorkshire Dales and work in the National Park a year ago, the barriers for those wishing to do the same in rural and protected areas have been brought to my attention.

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Why you should take part in this year’s Cheese Festival

Shepherds Purse Cheese Stall

We are already very excited about the prospect of our 2018 Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival and this year we want it to be even bigger and better!

There are so many ways to get involved, whether you are local, a visitor or a Yorkshire Dales business.

From Saturday 15 to Sunday 23 September 2018, all across the Yorkshire Dales, we are asking restaurants, cafes, farms and attractions to come together to champion the fantastic range of food that is produced right here on our doorstep. Continue reading “Why you should take part in this year’s Cheese Festival”

Have your say: What needs doing in the National Park?

Muker village

Perhaps more than ever before, there are many challenges facing our National Park as we look ahead over the next five years:

  • Support for our farmers after Brexit
  • Inspiring young people to discover, explore and enhance their environment
  • The illegal persecution of birds of prey
  • Rail haulage of crushed rock from the quarries
  • The provision of fast broadband to our communities
  • New housing and the retention of access to crucial services like primary schools and GPs

Plans for all of these and many, many more are included in the new draft National Park Management Plan 2019-2024. Now is your opportunity to have your say on what’s included and what’s not. Continue reading “Have your say: What needs doing in the National Park?”