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Packed May programme in national park
Thursday 24 April

FOLLOWING up on its success in attracting visitors back to the Yorkshire Dales over Easter, the national park has announced a packed programme of events for May.

The idea is to help small businesses in the park overcome some of the losses they sustained in last year's foot and mouth disaster.

Events include walks, craft demonstrations, children's workshops, photography classes and much more.

Karen Griffiths, interpretation officer at the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, said: "Following the disappointments of last year, we have been working extra hard to make sure that this year's events programme lives up to expectation.

"May is a wonderful time to come out and enjoy the Yorkshire Dales National Park as it wakes up after a long winter. Our walks programme has something to offer the serious rambler, the nature enthusiast or those who are looking for a gentle stroll with an experienced guide.

"And to make sure that no one misses out there are indoor craft demonstrations and workshops for the whole family should the weather disappoint."

For further information on the May events programme, call 01756 752774 or visit www.destinationdales.org.

Here is the programme:

Sunday 5 May - Walk in the Woods 2.00pm-4.00pm. Join our Dales Volunteers at Grass Wood Quarry car park half a mile west of Grassington on Wood Lane (grid ref. SD 985651) (1míle/2km; easy) Dogs allowed? No.

Sunday 5 May - Flowers of Swaledale 2.00pm-4.30pm. Join Tony Wood at Gunnerside Village Institute (3miles/5km; moderate with inclines) Dogs allowed? No.

Sunday 5 May - Children's workshop: Meadow flowers Malham National Park Centre (car park charge) 2.00pm-4.30pm. Make flowers from tissue paper and tights. Suitable for 8-12 year olds. No unaccompanied children. Adults: Free Children: £1.00. BOOKING CENTRE: Malham National Park Centre.

Sunday 5 May - 'Counting Sheep': family workshop Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes 10.30am-4.30pm. Join Jo Grande for a family drop-in event trying out simple weaving techniques using recycled materials. Adults: £1.00 Children: £0.50.

Monday 6 May - Grassington to Hebden and back 2.00pm-5.00pm. Join our Dales Volunteers at Grassington National Park Centre (car park charge) (6miles/10km; easy) Dogs allowed? No.

Tuesday 7 May - Spinning and woolcrafts demonstration Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes 2.00pm-4.00pm with the Museum Friends.

Wednesday 8 May - Gills and Gardens 1.30pm-4.00pm. Join Gwynneth Jackson at Parcevall Hall car park (grid ref. SE 069613) (NB charge is £3.50 per adult, 50p per child which includes car parking and garden entry charge of £3.00 per adult and 50p per child) (4miles/6km; moderate) Dogs allowed? No.

Wednesday 8 May - Stone Mines & Stone Circles 2.00pm-5.00pm. Join our Dales Volunteers at Aysgarth National Park Centre (car park charge). An easy walk visiting sites of historic interest and Freeholders' Wood (4.5miles/7km; easy) Dogs allowed? Yes.

Saturday 11 May - Contrasting Landscapes 11.00am-3.00pm. Join our Dales Volunteers at Malham National Park Centre (car park charge) (6miles/10km; strenuous) Dogs allowed? Yes.

Sunday 12 May - Dent to Gawthrop Historical 2.00pm-4.30pm. Join Howard Blackie at Dent National Park car park (charge) (2.5miles/4km; easy) Dogs allowed? Yes.

Sunday 12 May - Early Risers 6.30am-10.30am. Join Peter Wright at Cavendish Pavilion car park, Bolton Abbey (grid ref. SE 078553). Binoculars recommended (4miles/6km; easy) Dogs allowed? No

Sunday 12 May - Flowers at the Falls 2.00pm-4.00pm. Join Tony Wood at Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre (car park charge) (2miles/3km; easy) Dogs allowed? No.

Sunday 12 May - Photography - Freeholders' Wood & Aysgarth Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre (car park charge) 11.00am-4.30pm. Artists have been inspired by the falls for centuries and in May there is the double pleasure of all the spring flowers in the woods. Explore them all with Steve Rayner. Adults: £20.00 BOOKING CENTRE: Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre

Sunday 12 May - Strawcraft demonstration Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes 10.30am-4.30pm. A straw crafts and corndolly making demonstration by Margaret Wildig. Includes displays and the chance to have a go at making your own straw 'favour'.

Monday 13 May - Flowers of Clapdale 2.00pm-5.00pm. Join Roger Neale at Clapham National Park Centre (car park charge) (4miles/6km; easy) Dogs allowed? Yes.

Wednesday 15 May - Flowers & plants of Ingleton & Storrs Common 2.00pm-4.30pm. Join Roger Neale at Ingleborough Community Centre car park (charge), Ingleton (2miles/3km; easy) Dogs allowed? Yes

Wednesday 15 May - Briggflatts and Rawthey 2.00pm-5.00pm Join Howard Blackie at Sedbergh National Park Centre (5miles/8km; easy) Dogs allowed? Yes.

Saturday 18 May - 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? Yes.

Saturday 18 May - Settle Town Trail 2.00pm-4.00pm. Join our Dales Volunteers at Settle Tourist Information Centre (1mile/2km; easy) Dogs allowed? Yes.

Saturday 18 May - By Castle & Byway 11.00am-3.00pm. Join our Dales Volunteers at Castle Bolton National Park car park (charge) A walk full of history, spectacular views and waterfalls. 8miles/13km; easy) Dogs allowed? Yes

Sunday 19 May - Hawes to Semerwater 11.00am-4.00pm. Join our Dales Volunteers at Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes A walk with Roman interest and spectacular views of Raydale and Wensleydale including a walk around Semerwater. (9.5miles/15km; strenuous) Dogs allowed? Yes

Sunday 19 May - Blacksmithing demonstration Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes 10.30am-4.30pm with artist blacksmith Steve Hopps in the outdoor demonstration area.

Tuesday 21 May - Wash day Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes 11.00am-4.00pm. Ann Holubecki and friends will introduce you to the horrors of 'wash day' in the Farmhouse Kitchen display.

Wednesday 22 May - Stags Fell & Abbotside Common 11.00am-3.30pm. Join our Dales Volunteers at Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes A high level walk with spectacular views following part of the Pennine Way on the return. (6miles/10km; strenuous) Dogs allowed? Yes.

Thursday 23 May - Grassington village trail 2.00pm-3.30pm. Join our Dales Volunteers at Grassington National Park Centre (car park charge) (1mile/2km; easy) Dogs allowed? Yes.

Saturday 25 May - Photographing wild flowers - an illustrated talk Grassington 10.30am-12.30pm. Join Roger Henson for an introduction on how to take professional pictures of wild flowers. If you wish to make a day of it, Roger will recommend suitable locations around Grassington for you to practice on. Adults: £5.00. BOOKING CENTRE: Grassington National Park Centre

Sunday 26 May - Askrigg to Worton Historical 2.00pm-5.30pm. Join Howard Blackie at Askrigg Church (6miles/10km; moderate) Dogs allowed? Yes.

Sunday 26 May - Down on the Farm 2.00pm-4.30pm. Join Diane Bell at Sorrell Sykes, near West Burton. (grid ref. SE 024883) (2miles/3km; easy) Dogs allowed? No.

Sunday 26 May - Life on a Dales Farm 2.00pm-4.30pm. Join David Wellock at Hurries Farm, Otterburn, Near Malham (grid ref. SD 889584) (1mile/2km; easy) Dogs allowed? No

Wednesday 29 May - Mysteries and Oddities: Buckden 2.00pm-4.30pm. Join David Joy at Buckden National Park car park (4miles/6km; easy) Dogs allowed? Yes.

Thursday 30 May - Ancient & modern photographic image making workshop Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes 10.30am-4.30pm. Have you ever wondered how old photographs were made? Learn to make photographic images using techniques from the earliest days of photography, with a little help from the latest digital technology. Workshop led by photographers Margaret & Rod Smith. Adults: £20.00 BOOKING CENTRE: Hawes National Park Centre

For further details contact your nearest National Park 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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