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Busy September programme for Yorkshire Dales
Thursday 29 August

SEPTEMBER has always been the second most popular month for visitors to the Yorkshire Dales National Park - and this year, the park authority has laid on a busy programme of events to keep those visitors interested and entertained.

Events include walks, flax spinning, map reading, felt making, and town trails and Karen Griffiths, the park's interpretation officer, comments:

"To add to anyone's visit in the coming month we have put together an events programme so that they can find out more about this great place, about local crafts, both past and present, and return home with even better memories of their time in the Dales.

"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 around one of the area's towns or villages. If the weather disappoints there are indoor craft demonstrations and workshops for the whole family."

The programme:

Sunday 1 September - Askrigg to Worton Historical 2.00pm-5.30pm. Join Howard Blackie at Askrigg Church for this walk. (6miles/10km; moderate) Dogs allowed.

Sunday 1 September - Flax spinning demonstration Sedbergh National Park Centre 10.30am-4.00pm. Flax was once grown and processed around Sedbergh. Dilys McCaffrey will be demonstrating this ancient craft.

Tuesday 3 September - Spinning and woolcrafts demonstration with the Museum Friends. Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes 2.00pm-4.00pm.

Wednesday 4 September - A Stroll Through Time 2.00pm-5.00pm. Join Jean Reinsch at Grassington National Park Centre for this walk. (5miles/8km; moderate) Dogs allowed.

Thursday 5 September - West Burton Circular 1.30pm-4.00pm. Join our Dales Volunteers at Aysgarth National Park Centre. An easy valley walk visiting Cauldron Force and West Burton. (5.5miles/9km; easy) Dogs allowed.

Saturday 7 September - Beckside & Moorside 2.00pm-5.00pm. Join our Dales Volunteers at the C.B. Inn, Arkengarthdale. A walk at the head of Arkengarthdale with history, lead mining and panoramic views. (6miles/10km; moderate) Dogs allowed.

Saturday 7 September - Malham village trail 2.00pm-3.30pm. Join our Dales Volunteers at Malham National Park Centre. (1mile/2km; easy) Dogs allowed.

Sunday 8 September - Hellifield Lanes and Moors 1.30pm-5.00pm. Join our Dales Volunteers at Hellifield car park (behind 'Ahernes') for this walk. (6miles/10km; easy) Dogs allowed.

Sunday 8 September - Circuit above Grassington 11.00am-2.30pm. Join our Dales Volunteers at Grassington National Park Centre for this walk. (6miles/10km; easy) Dogs allowed.

Sunday 8 September - Surprises around Sedbergh 2.00pm-5.00pm. Join David Colley at Sedbergh National Park Centre for this walk. (4.5miles/7km; easy) Dogs allowed.

Sunday 8 September - Pathfinder: Improvers Clapham 10.30am-4.30pm. A more advanced day of map and compass work. Indoor session combined with practical work outdoors. Led by our Dales Volunteers. Adults: £5.00 Children: £2.50 BOOKING CENTRE: Clapham National Park Centre.

Wednesday 11 September - Historical Cowgill 1.00pm-4.30pm. Join Howard Blackie at Ibbeth Peril, Dentdale (grid ref. SD 742865) for this walk. (6miles/10km; moderate) Dogs allowed.

Wednesday 11 September - Hand spinning workshop Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes 2.00pm-4.30pm. Join Marion Barritt for an introduction to the art of hand spinning wool. Learn to card and use a drop spindle and spinning wheel. Adults: £5.00 BOOKING CENTRE: Hawes National Park Centre.

Thursday 12 September - Swaleside to Surrender 11.00am-3.00pm. Join our Dales Volunteers at Reeth National Park Centre. A walk with excellent views of mid Swaledale with historic and lead mining interest. (7miles/11km; moderate) Dogs allowed.

Thursday 12 September - The Shaping of the Dales 2.00pm-4.30pm. Join Neil Dyson at Horton-in-Ribblesdale National Park car park for this walk. (4.5miles/7km; easy) Dogs allowed.

Sunday 15 September - Briggflatts and Rawthey 2.00pm-5.00pm. Join Howard Blackie at Sedbergh National Park Centre for this walk. (5miles/8km; easy) Dogs allowed.

Sunday 15 September - Hawes town trail 2.00pm-4.00pm. Join our Dales Volunteers at Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes. A short walk relating the history of the town, buildings and surrounding area. (2miles/3km; easy) Dogs allowed.

Sunday 15 September - Mines and Caverns 11.15am-2.15pm. Join our Dales Volunteers at Stump Cross Caverns car park. At the end of the walk, you will have the chance to visit Stump Cross Caverns and view their new video. There is a small entry charge. (6miles/10km; moderate) No dogs.

Sunday 15 September - Henge & High Lanes 2.00pm-5.00pm. Join our Dales Volunteers at Thoralby Village Hall. A walk exploring the high ground between Wensleydale and Bishopdale. Relatively easy after an initial climb with good views and historical interest. (5.5miles/9km; moderate) Dogs allowed.

Sunday 15 September - Hawes town trail 11.15am-1.15pm. Join our Dales Volunteers at Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes. A short walk relating the history of the town, buildings and surrounding area. (2miles/3km; easy) Dogs allowed.

Sunday 15 September - Hand spinning mohair demonstration Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes 2.00pm-4.30pm. Carolyn Rawlinson will be carding the fleece and then spinning this luxurious fibre into yarn.

Thursday 19 September - Grassington village trail 2.00pm-3.30pm. Join our Dales Volunteers at Grassington National Park Centre for this walk. (1mile/2km; easy) Dogs allowed.

Thursday 19 September - Natural dyeing workshop Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes 2.00pm-4.30pm. A workshop led by experienced teacher Marion Barritt using plant materials to dye wool. Adults: £5.00 BOOKING CENTRE: Hawes National Park Centre.

Sunday 22 September - Templars Chapel & High Lane 11.00am-3.00pm. Join our Dales Volunteers at West Burton village green. A walk with stunning views of Bishopdale and Wensleydale with a visit to an ancient monument and a fine waterfall. (7miles/11km; moderate) Dogs allowed.

Sunday 22 September - Clapdale to Crummackdale 10.30am-5.00pm. Join our Dales Volunteers at Clapham National Park Centre for this walk. There is a small charge for Ingleborough Estate Nature Trail. (9miles/14km; moderate) Dogs allowed.

Tuesday 24 September - Jams and preserves Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes 11.00am-4.00pm. Recipes and techniques from Ann Holubecki and friends.

Wednesday 25 September - The Shaping of the Dales 2.00pm-4.30pm. Join Neil Dyson at Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre for this walk. (4.5miles/7km; moderate) Dogs allowed.

Sunday 29 September - Felt making workshop Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes 11.15am-4.15pm. Explore felt making techniques with Jan Hicks. Suitable for beginners and more advanced felt makers. Adults: £10.00 BOOKING CENTRE: Hawes National Park Centre.

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