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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Conservation grants on offer

The Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust is offering grants for a range of conservation projects in the Ingleborough area.

The grants are part of Stories in Stone, a four-year programme of community and heritage projects developed by the Ingleborough Dales Landscape Partnership, which the trust leads.

Monday, 5 September 2016

Steam railway gets set for 1940s take off with full-size Spitfire replica

Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway heads back to the dark days of the 1940s home front this weekend (10 and 11 September).

The visitor attraction journeys back to the days of troops travelling on trains and civilians dressed in the costumes of the period.  And, as per wartime regulations, staff and some visitors will be carrying gas masks.

This year sees a full sized replica Spitfire aircraft on display at Embsay.

A frequent steam train service will operate on both days between 10.30am and 4.30am.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Show heritage captured for posterity

Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Sir Gary Verity officially launches a new book at the Kilnsey Show today (Tuesday 30 August) that brings together facts, figures and memories of the event.

Junior fell running ... part of the rich heritage
 of Kilnsey. Photo by Stephen Garnett
The book has been made possible after the Yorkshire Dales National Park funded the Upper Wharfedale Agricultural Society project, Studs & Crooks: The hidden history of Kilnsey Show.

The title refers to the studs on the shoes of the fell runners who tackle the crag each year and the crooks of the farmers who bring their livestock to the show.

The project includes an online learning resource about the history and cultural heritage of the show that will be made available as part of the archive materials held at the authority-owned Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes.

Friday, 26 August 2016

National park homes plans get the nod

Three planning applications for new homes for local people in the Yorkshire Dales National Park have been given the green light.

Two of the projects will see the conversion of existing barns and the third will involve a new build.

A barn at Simon’s Seat Farm in Skyreholme will be sensitively converted into a three-bedroom, local occupancy home. The application also includes the removal of redundant agricultural buildings and the construction of a garage. A barn at the Grange in Burtersett will be converted so it can be used either as a short-stay holiday let or as a local occupancy home. Outline planning permission was also given to build a three-bedroom local occupancy bungalow at Millholme Rise in Embsay.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

National park planning chiefs give go ahead for campsite

The Yorkshire Dales national park is to get a new campsite after planners agreed a scheme to boost the number of tent pitches

The park's planning committee approved a 22-pitch site at Heber Farm in Buckden. The site will include two camping pods, toilet and shower facilities and parking for 15 cars. Conditions include a stipulation that the site can only be used between Easter and October each year.

Nick Cotton, member champion for recreation management, said: “Part of our vision is for the national park to be a friendly, open and welcoming place with outstanding opportunities to enjoy its special qualities.

“The new Yorkshire Dales local plan aims to support developments like this that help to increase tourism and offer more incentives for visitors to stay and spend their money locally.

“The number of tent pitches in the national park has reduced over the last few years while demand has increased. The approval of this planning application will go a small way to redressing the balance so there will be more places for people to stay for longer periods while they enjoy this beautiful landscape.”

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Did Charlotte have a real-life inspiration for Mr Rochester?

Skipton library marks the bicentenary of the birth of Charlotte Brontë with a talk at 7.30pm on Wednesday 14 September entitled Charlotte Brontë: The Stories behind the Stories.

Sue Newby from the Brontë Parsonage Museum will explore the idea that much of the author's writing has its origins in events and characters from her own life. For instance, did she really know of a “mad” wife locked away in an attic, and to what extent was the passionate, mysterious Mr Rochester inspired by a married Belgian school teacher?

Further information about the talk: email

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

One trust went to sow, went to sow a meadow and ten years on ...

Conservation and environmental charity Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust is celebrating ten years since it launched an ambitious scheme to save the declining species-rich hay meadows in the area. And 600 hectares later, the trust team is still making meadows.
A big thumbs up ... Tanya St Pierre and Chris Myers celebrate
ten years of restoring vital meadows, near Askrigg..
 Over the past fifty years, 97 per cent of meadows in the UK have been lost through agricultural intensification, making them one of our most threatened habitats. Only a thousand hectares (less than four square miles) survived, putting hundreds of species of wildflowers and plants, bees, birds and other native wildlife species at risk.

The Hay Time project was set up ten years ago to change that with the trust working alongside farmers and partners Natural England, the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to restore more than two square miles of degraded meadows. Trust officials say the work has brought precious habitat back from the brink.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Dales conservation work branches out with new woodland

More than 20,000 native trees have been planted to create a new woodland called Ormsgill Wood in the heart of the Dales.

On the hillside above Airton, and boasting long-distance views over Malhamdale, it comprises a series of gill woodlands that provide important habitat for wildlife including black grouse.

Monday, 25 July 2016

Week-long event celebrates our treasured 'breathing spaces'

Adventure is the theme of this year’s UK-wide National Parks Week, which starts today (25 July) – and there'll be plenty of that given that we have two of Britain's 'breathing spaces' in North Yorkshire.

On the menu ... food tasting at the North York Moors national park.
Photo by Brian Nicholson.
The teams at the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales national parks are getting in on the act and have been busy drawing up a long list of activities including drystone wall demonstrations, geocaching, getting close up to nature, heritage trails, kite making and flying, treasure hunts and musical events to name but a few.
National Parks UK director Kathryn Cook said: "Our 15 wonderfully diverse national parks offer a great range of events and activities – there really is something for everyone to enjoy. So whether you’re a thrill seeker or you are looking for something a little less energetic, we encourage you to get out and be a part of the incredible landscapes that make this country so unique."

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Purpose-built disability accommodation is first for national park

Yorkshire Dales national park visitors with mobility, visual or hearing impairments will soon have a purpose-built place to stay.

Planning permission has been granted for the change of use of a single-storey outbuilding at Eastburn Farmhouse in Newbiggin to self-catering holiday accommodation for people who need fully accessible facilities.

And the development will be the first of its kind the national park and one of only six in North Yorkshire as a whole.

Monday, 18 July 2016

Barn conversions get thumbs up

More barns are to be converted into homes for local people in the Yorkshire Dales National Park after planners gave the green light to four schemes.

The park's planning committee approved the applications subject to conditions.

A traditional agricultural barn will be turned into a three-bedroomed, local occupancy home at Home Farm in West Witton while permission was also given to convert the former Deepdale Methodist Chapel near Dent into a local occupancy home. A former roadside barn outside Austwick, which had been converted into a bunkhouse, will undergo minor internal changes to become a family home while a fourth application involved the conversion of Crane Field Laithe in Otterburn to three-bedroomed accommodation.
Robert Heseltine, the authority’s member champion for development management, said: “Part of our vision for the national park is that it should be home to strong, self-reliant and balanced communities, with good access to the services they need.

“The national park authority is committed to increasing the stock of much-needed local occupancy homes. The conversion of roadside barns is a vital element of our new Yorkshire Dales Local Plan, which sets out our planning strategy for the next 15 years.

“Without a local occupancy stipulation these barn conversions could well end up being sold on the open market for second homes at the expense of keeping local communities together.”

Friday, 15 July 2016

Plan goes under microscope

Public hearings next week will examine new guidelines that will affect planning decisions in the Yorkshire Dales National Park for the next 15 years.

A planning inspector will scrutinise the park's local plan – a strategy for sustainable development – over three days starting on Tuesday (19 July).

The hearings will be held at the national park's offices in Bainbridge and will be chaired by independent planning inspector Simon Berkeley.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Exhibition explores link between Dales landscape and its people

The people and places of the Dales are spotlighted in an exhibition in Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority's Yoredale offices in Bainbridge from next Monday (18 July).

Capturing a way of life ... the work of Guy Carpenter.

Photographer Guy Carpenter is showing images that highlight the link between the landscape and the people who live and work in it.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

National park's new chair will continue to take beautiful area forward

The Yorkshire Dales national park authority's new chairman has vowed to follow in the footsteps of his predecessor in ensuring the area thrives for its communities and many visitors.

Craven district councillor Carl Lis has been elected to head the authority for the third time, taking over from former barrister and circuit judge Peter Charlesworth, who is leaving as a member after completing his term of office.

Monday, 4 July 2016

Top shots give the Dales big picture

An image of a lone sheep in the snow by Les Fitton beat off 500 other entries in this year's photography contest run by conservation and environment charity Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust and Yorkshire Cottages.
Winter Sheep by Les Fitton.

This is the fourth year of the Facebook competition which brings together a variety of images that showcase the region’s unique character and landscape.

Les. from Bolton, took the winning shot entitled Winter Sheep 'on a claggy day' in Ingleborough.

Settle-based photographer Steve Finch judged the contest. He said: "This shot stood out for me because it perfectly captures living and working in the Dales in winter’s a good, honest photo.”

Remco Rog from the Netherlands scooped second place with his unusual image of an erratic taken at Twistleton Scar. Remco said: “I am absolutely delighted. It is especially an honour because I am Dutch, but I’ve been coming to the Dales each year for more than 12 years now. Always new things to discover, new hills to climb. It is my second home.”

Remco Rog's picture of an erratic at Twistleton Scar took second place.
Other scenes that caught the eye of the judges include the Scots Guardsman steaming across Dent Head viaduct which was captured on camera by Andrew Thrippleton from Pudsey, a paraglider soaring over Ingleborough by Nigel Hunter from Littleborough in Lancashire, and a photo of Winskill by Kristel Laurijssens from Belgium.

These and other favourite images will be brought together in the trust's 2017 charity calendar which will celebrate the Yorkshire Dales throughout the seasons.

Yorkshire Cottages has donated more than £16,000 to the conservation organisation over the past few years.

Yorkshire Cottages director Drew Dunn said: “Once again we have been blown away by the quality and variety of the entries, and I’d like to say a huge thank you and congratulations to all the photographers that took part. I’m very much looking forward to seeing Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust’s finished calendar.”

The finished Yorkshire Dales calendar will be on sale from August at All money raised will help to support the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust's work caring for the landscape, environment, communities and economy of the Yorkshire Dales.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Young squaddies branch out with tree planting project

Junior soldiers have been helping to make the countryside around Malham even more attractive.

Members of 16 Platoon, Peninsula Company from the Army Foundation College in Harrogate joined staff and volunteers from the Yorkshire Dales National Park to plant 500 trees for a new native woodland on the outskirts of the village. In the afternoon they were joined by staff from Malham Youth Hostel for a giant litter pick around the village.

The young soldiers – aged between 16 and 18 – are seven months into their training and are doing working towards their Duke of Edinburgh Awards. Their work in Malham was part of their voluntary service.

Geoff Garrett, the authority’s senior trees and woodlands Officer, said: “Our trees and woodlands are currently under many threats and planting new areas like this one helps to build on the landscape as well as creating a habitat for woodland plants and animals.

“At the moment many grants are available for planting trees to create woodlands and next year we will be looking for a similar site for the soldiers to help us with.”

Friday, 17 June 2016

Tree sparrow conservation project in for a tweet, thanks to lottery grant

A project to support the recovery of tree sparrows across the Dales has secured a £9,500 heritage lottery grant.

The Yorkshire Dales national park initiative will record the presence of the bird across the area, identifying locations and helping safeguard and increase its population.

Recording will include monitoring existing nest boxes and providing a further 90 across the national park.

Training will involve showing people the right types of bird feeders and nest boxes, and how to identify good habitats for tree sparrows.

The national park authority will produce a booklet and organise a touring exhibition to help raise awareness and support among local communities.

Wildlife conservation officer Mark Hewitt said: “Discovering more about the delightful tree sparrow in the Yorkshire Dales will help us to provide better, more diverse habitats for a range of important, special birds. Local communities can play a real and genuine part in the conservation of a national priority species.”

Saturday, 11 June 2016

North Yorks pubs get their point across as competition finalists

North Yorkshire drinking holes dominate the running for this year's Yorkshire Favourite Pub contest.

A shortlist of 12 has been drawn up and go head to head to be crowned winner at the Great Yorkshire Show on Tuesday July 12.

North Yorkshire's standard bearers are the Blue Lion, East Witton; Bull Inn, West Tanfield; Duke of York Inn, Gate Helmsley; Durham Ox, Crayke; Fairfax Arms, Gilling East; Queen O'T'Owd Thatch, South Milford and Woolly Sheep Inn, Skipton

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Scythe event is a cut above in Dales flower festival programme

Visitors from the North West converged on the Yorkshire Dales to learn how to sharpen their scythes and perfect their peening techniques.

Peening at Broadrake.
Now is regarded as the perfect time to ensure that scythes – traditional tools used to cut grass and harvest crops – are in good working order, ready for another mowing season.

The session took place at Broadrake at the foot of Whernside, and was one of the latest events making up the 2016 Flowers of the Dales Festival, coordinated by local charity Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust.

The annual festival is in full swing, with a range of events across the area to celebrate the region’s wildflowers, their habitats and the species they support.

Festival project officer Ellie Brown said: “This year’s festival is going really well, and we’ve received some great feedback from people who have already attended events.

"With around 100 events taking place between now and October, including walks, talks, hands-on conservation activities and family-friendly events, there are still plenty of opportunities to get involved.”
Further festival information:

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

This favourite pub competition could be a bitter contest

The opportunity to vote for the best pub in Yorkshire has been extended until 1 June.

Official tourism agency Welcome to Yorkshire runs the annual contest which attracts thousands of votes.

A top ten will be announced on Twitter on 2 June when the public has the opportunity to say choose their favourite which will be announced on 12 July at the Great Yorkshire Show

Last year saw The Fleece Inn at Barkisland crowned the winner, with The Bull Inn at West Tanfield coming in second place and the The Royal Oak at Ripon coming in as Yorkshire’s third favourite pub.

Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Sir Gary Verity said: “Yorkshire is not only famous for its stunning landscapes and rich heritage, the county is also renowned for its wealth of welcoming pubs which are just as important in attracting visitors. From traditional inns to city centre pubs, make sure you cast your vote for your favourite!”

The competition was first launched in 2011 to help promote Yorkshire’s variety of pubs and the top 30 nominees will once again feature in Welcome to Yorkshire’s Ale Trail leaflet.

 Votes can be cast at