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National park makes tracks to bring back visitors
Tuesday 05 February

AS PART of its campaign to bring visitors back to the countryside, the Yorkshire Dales National Park is staging an exhibition celebrating the history of travel in the Dales.

Called 'Tracks in Time', the exhibition is on show at the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes until March 20 to explain the history of the ancient routes that cross the area and the many people who used them from the past to the present day.

This is the first of a series of events being co-ordinated by the national park authority as part of its 'Tracks in Time' festival, an eight-week programme of events aimed at encouraging the public back into the countryside.

They include a number of displays and exhibits. David Brown and friends will be 'On the Track of Tales' with two afternoons of story telling from 2.00pm on 10 and 11 February.

Continuing the tracks theme, park officials will be running one of its Pathfinder Map and Compass Days on February 17 at the Malham National Park Centre. This will offer the beginner an introduction to basic map reading skills. To book onto this free course call (01729) 830363.

Karen Griffiths, interpretation officer at the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, said: "The 'Tracks in Time' exhibition celebrates the travelling past of the Dales.

"It explores how today's footpaths, bridleways and byways came into being and how they developed into the current public rights of way network, which once again is 98 percent open for the public to enjoy.

"The exhibition will really come to life with the story telling and for those who are encouraged to get out on the footpaths and bridleways, the Pathfinder Day that we have organised will give all who come along the necessary skills to navigate their way around the National Park."

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