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Dales October events - the show goes
Tuesday 01 October 2002

AS THE Indian summer lingers over the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the park authority has decided that the show must go on - late into autumn.

All summer, the park has been organising a series of events like guided walks, craft shows and local history tours to bring in visitors and help local business fight back after the FMD disaster last year.

But even with the summer coming to an end - according to the calendar at least - a new list of events has been prepared to run throughout October.

Karen Griffiths, the park's interpretation officer, comments: "This season's events programme has been a huge success, with many of the participants saying how much they have enjoyed themselves.

"Despite the arrival of autumn, there is still a range of events and walks anyone can come and enjoy, whilst taking in the spectacular scenery, which for many is the best and most colourful time of year in the Dales."

This is the programme:

Tuesday 1 October - Spinning and woolcrafts demonstration Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes 2.00pm-4.00pm.

Sunday 6 October - Photography - Around Grassington Grassington National Park Centre 10.30am-4.30pm.Join Steve Rayner for a photographic exploration of this picturesque village and the countryside around. Adults: £20.00 BOOKING CENTRE: Grassington National Park Centre.

Sunday 20 October - Stainforth Saunter: Caves and Kilns 1.30pm-5.30pm. Join our Dales Volunteers at Stainforth National Park car park. (6miles/10km; moderate) Dogs allowed.

Sunday 20 October - Apple Day Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes 2.00pm-4.30pm. Celebrate Yorkshire's traditional apple varieties and orchards with craft activities suitable for children and displays of modern and heritage apples.

Wednesday 23 October - Fungi in a Limestone Woodland 2.00pm-5.00pm. Join Audrey Gramshaw at Grass Wood Quarry car park half a mile west of Grassington on Wood Lane (grid ref. SD 985651). (2miles/3km; easy) No dogs.

Wednesday 23 October - Gallery Gotcha - Mini Proddy Pictures Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes 2.00pm-4.30pm. Make a mini picture using rags, wool and prodders. Suitable for 8-12 yr olds. BOOKING CENTRE: Hawes National Park Centre.

Thursday 24 October - Spectacular Limestone 11.00am-4.00pm. Join our Dales Volunteers at Malham National Park Centre, binoculars recommended. (8miles/13km; moderate) Dogs allowed.

Thursday 24 October - Kettlewell Exploration 11.00am-1.00pm. Join our Dales Volunteers at Kettlewell National Park car park. (2miles/3km; easy) No dogs allowed.

Friday 25 October - Nature Discovery Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre 2.00pm-4.00pm. Join Gwynneth Jackson and Robert Adams for a voyage of discovery around Freeholders' Wood. No need to book, just turn up promptly. Bring wellies if wet. No unaccompanied children please. Adults: £2.00 Children: £1.00.

Saturday 26 October - Ribblesdale Ramble 1.10pm-4.30pm. Join our Dales Volunteers at Settle Tourist Information Centre. Catch bus to Long Preston then walk back via Cleatop Wood. Bus fare not included (small charge for dogs). (5miles/8km; moderate) Dogs allowed.

Saturday 26 October Big Draw Day - Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes 10.30am-4.30pm. A 'drop-in' fun drawing day for all the family. An opportunity to be able to draw very BIG! There will be a good supply of traditional drawing materials including lump graphite from the Lake District, red bole sanguine and specially prepared inks.

For further information on the October events programme, call (01756) 752774 or visit www.destinationdales.org or contact your nearest national parl centre: Aysgarth Falls (01969) 663424; Clapham (015242) 51419; Grassington (01756) 752774; Hawes (01969) 667450; Malham (01729) 830363; Reeth (01748) 884059; Sedbergh (015396) 20125

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