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Spring Xmas present for Grassington
Friday 19 April

THE Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority's Dales Volunteers will be in action this Saturday (20 April) reinstating a number of steps on the bridleway between Grassington Bridge and Wood lane - thanks to a Christmas present from the town's famous Dickensian Festival.

In all, 21 rotten step fronts will be removed and replaced before the route is resurfaced.

Funding for the project has come from the rent the national park receives from the Dickensian Festival for the use of the Grassington car park. This money is used for works to public rights of way around the Parish of Grassington.

Phil Richards, an area ranger at the National Park Authority, said: "This project will see us reinvest the rent we receive from the Dickensian Festival back into the Grassington area for the benefit of local residents and visitors.

"This Saturday's work is just one example of the work undertaken by Dales Volunteers who give thousands of hours each year to the work of the Authority. This project will not only improve the fabric of the National Park; it will also add to the enjoyment of the many thousands who visit this area each year."

Starting at 9.00am the group of six volunteers will aim to have the project completed by mid afternoon. This is the first of a series of monthly practical days when the group will undertake on rights of way work throughout the south east of the National Park.

Dales Volunteers are the park's voluntary arm. Amongst other activities, they lead guided walks, survey and repair public rights of way, check the condition of archaeological sites and buildings, talk to educational groups and survey trees and woodlands.

To find out more about becoming a Dales Volunteer, contact the volunteer's co-ordinator on 01756 752748 or email volunteers@yorkshiredales.org.uk

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