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Packed August diary in Yorkshire Dales National Park
Wednesday 31 July

Walks, craft demonstrations, caving, hurdle making, blacksmithing, town trails and much more, all come together in the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority's August events programme.

With the schools breaking up for summer and families descending onto the National Park, this August the Authority has brought together an exciting events programme sure to appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds.

Karen Griffiths, the park's interpretation officer comments: "The National Park is once again proving to be a popular destination for day visitors and holiday makers alike. To add to anyone's visit we have put together the August 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."

Here is the programme:

Thursday 1 August - Caving 10.00am and 2pm. A unique opportunity to explore one of the Dales' spectacular limestone caves with C. I. C. nationally qualified Cave Instructor Paul Ramsden. Not suitable for children under 11 years old. Adults: £20.00 Children: £20.00. BOOKING CENTRE: Sedbergh National Park Centre.

Thursday 1 August - By Castle & Byway 11.00am-3.00pm. Join our Dales Volunteers at Castle Bolton National Park car park. A walk full of history, spectacular views and waterfalls. (8miles/13km; easy) Dogs allowed.

Friday 2 August - Batwatch Bolton Abbey village hall 8.00pm. Local experts from the West Yorkshire Bat Group will tell you all about bats and then take you on a night-time bat hunt. Wrap up warm and bring a torch. Booking advisable. No unaccompanied children. Adults: £2.00 Children: £1.00 BOOKING CENTRE: Grassington National Park Centre (on the day only).

Saturday 3 August - Around Calver 11.00am-4.00pm. Join our Dales Volunteers at Reeth National Park Centre. A guided walk through Arkengarthdale in a beautiful landscape. (9miles/13km; moderate) Dogs allowed.

Saturday 3 August - Following the Craven Fault 10.30am-3.30pm. Join our Dales Volunteers at Stainforth National Park car park. (9miles/14km; easy) Dogs allowed.

Sunday 4 August - Hurdle making demonstration Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre 10.30am-4.30pm. Hazel has been coppiced in Freeholders' Wood for centuries. Watch Rebecca Oaks demonstrate one of the ways it would have been used in days gone by.

Sunday 4 August - Linen weaving demonstration Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes 10.30am-4.30pm. Flax fibre, once broken down and spun, can be woven into an incredibly hard-wearing and lustrous fabric. Dilys McCaffrey will show the end process of turning 'straw into gold' as it was once known.

Sunday 4 August - Pathfinder: Beginners Malham Youth Hostel 10.45am-4.30pm. Introduction to map reading and compass use with our Dales Volunteers. Indoor instruction plus outdoor practical session. Adults: £5.00 Children: £2.50 BOOKING CENTRE: Malham National Park Centre.

Sunday 4 August - The story in the rocks of Low Row 2.00pm-5.30pm. Join David McMahon at lay-by on the south side of the B6270 just east of the road to Crackpot. Grid ref. SD979977. (3miles/5km; easy) No Dogs.

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

Tuesday 6 August - Spinning and woolcrafts demonstration Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes 2.00pm-4.00pm with the Museum Friends.

Wednesday 7 August - 'Painting on Location' workshop Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes 10.30am-4.30pm. Watercolourist Janet Willoner will lead you in an artistic exploration of the lovely countryside around Hawes. She will help you develop your skills and encourage you to make the most of painting in an outdoor location. Adults: £15.00 Children: £0.00 BOOKING CENTRE: Hawes National Park Centre.

Wednesday 7 August - Leadmining Days on Grassington Moor 2.00pm-5.30pm. Join Jean Reinsch at Yarnbury, at the top of Moor Lane, Grassington Moor (grid ref. SE 016658). (4miles/6km; easy to moderate) No dogs.

Wednesday 7 August - The History of Grinton Mines & Mills 2.00pm-4.30pm Join Lawrence Barker on the road outside Grinton Youth Hostel. (3miles/5km; moderate) No dogs.

Thursday 8 August - Blacksmithing demonstration Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes 10.30am-4.30pm with artist blacksmith Steve Hopps in the outdoor demonstration area.

Thursday 8 August - 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.

Friday 9 August - Batwatch Bolton Abbey village hall 8.00pm. Local experts from the West Yorkshire Bat Group will tell you all about bats and then take you on a night-time bat hunt. Wrap up warm and bring a torch. Booking advisable. No unaccompanied children. Adults: £2.00 Children: £1.00 BOOKING CENTRE: Grassington National Park Centre (on the day only).

Friday 9 August - Tales of the River 11.00am-3.00pm. Join our Dales Volunteers at Malham National Park Centre. Binoculars recommended. Lunch stop at the Victoria Inn. (6miles/10km; moderate) Dogs allowed.

Saturday 10 August - Pole lathe turning & traditional chair making demonstration Malham National Park Centre 10.30am-4.30pm. Watch traditional wood craftsman Dave Brearley at work.

Saturday 10 August - Kilnsey Circuit 11.00am-5.00pm. Join our Dales Volunteers at Grassington National Park Centre. (9miles/14km; moderate) Dogs allowed.

Saturday 10 August - An Austwick Amble 10.30am-2.30pm. Join our Dales Volunteers at lay-by (old main road at Harden Bridge) opposite Dalesbridge Centre. (grid ref SD763678) (6miles/10km; easy) Dogs allowed.

Sunday 11 August - 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.

Sunday 11 August - 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 11 August - Stags Fell & Abbotside Common 11.15am-3.45pm. 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.

Sunday 11 August - 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.

Tuesday 13 August - Woodcarving demonstration Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre 10.30am-4.30pm. Peter Berry will be demonstrating woodcarving techniques.

Tuesday 13 August - Dales cookery Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes 11.00am-4.00pm. Recipes and techniques from Ann Holubecki and friends.

Wednesday 14 August - Blacksmithing demonstration Malham National Park Centre 10.30am-4.30pm. Artist blacksmith Steve Hopps will be demonstrating his ancient craft in the National Park Centre garden.

Wednesday 14 August - Kisdon Classic Circular 11.00am-5.00pm. Join our Dales Volunteers at the Farmers Arms, Muker. A walk in an area of historical interest with fine scenery and visiting the picturesque village of Keld. (6miles/10km; moderate) Dogs allowed

Wednesday 14 August - Fungi and Flowers 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 14 August - The story in the rocks of Fell End 2.00pm-5.00pm. Join David McMahon at Richmondshire car park, Langthwaite, Arkengarthdale. (4miles/6km; easy) No dogs.

Thursday 15 August - Caving 10.00am and 2.00pm. A unique opportunity to explore one of the Dales' spectacular limestone caves with C. I. C. nationally qualified Cave Instructor Kevin Gannon. Not suitable for children under 11 years old. Adults: £20.00 Children: £20.00 BOOKING CENTRE: Sedbergh National Park Centre.

Thursday 15 August - Kettlewell to Starbotton & Scarecrows 11.00am-2.00pm. Join our Dales Volunteers at Kettlewell National Park car park. After the walk is over, why not have a look round the Scarecrow Festival in Kettlewell village? (5miles/8km; moderate) No dogs.

Friday 16 August - Batwatch Bolton Abbey village hall 8.00pm. Local experts from the West Yorkshire Bat Group will tell you all about bats and then take you on a night-time bat hunt. Wrap up warm and bring a torch. Booking adbvisable. No unaccompanied children. Adults: £2.00 Children: £1.00 BOOKING CENTRE: Grassington National Park Centre.

Friday 16 August - Nature Discovery Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre 11.00am-1.30pm. Join Gwynneth Jackson and Robert Adams for a voyage of discovery around Freeholders' Wood. No need to book, just turn up promptly. Bring a packed lunch and wellies if wet. No unaccompanied children please. Adults: £2.00 Children: £1.00

Friday 16 August - The Shaping of the Dales 2.00pm-4.30pm. Join Neil Dyson at Horton-in-Ribblesdale National Park car park. (4.5miles/7km; easy) Dogs allowed.

Saturday 17 August - Settle Town Trail 2.00pm-4.00pm. Join our Dales Volunteers at Settle Tourist Information Centre. (1mile/2km; easy) Dogs allowed.

Saturday 17 August - The story in the rocks of Keld 1.00pm-4.30pm. Join David McMahon at The Square, Keld. (4.5miles/7km; easy) No dogs.

Sunday 18 August - Pathfinder: Beginners Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes 10.30am-4.30pm. Introduction to map reading and compass use with our Dales Volunteers. Indoor instruction plus outdoor practical session. Adults: £5.00 Children: £2.50 BOOKING CENTRE: Hawes National Park Centre.

Sunday 18 August - Rag rug workshop - intermediate Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes 10.30am-4.30pm. A workshop for experienced rug makers, exploring the use of textures in landscapes. Led by professional rag rug maker, Heather Ritchie. Adults: £20.00. BOOKING CENTRE: Hawes National Park Centre.

Sunday 18 August - Leadmining around Langthwaite 2.00pm-6.00pm. Join Neil Dyson at the Red Lion Inn, Langthwaite. (6miles/10km; strenuous) Dogs allowed.

Sunday 18 August - Mysteries and Oddities: Buckden 2.00pm-4.30pm. Join Davíd Joy at Buckden Natíonal Park car park. (4miles/7km; easy) Dogs allowed.

Monday 19 August - Spectacular Limestone 11.00am-4.00pm. Join our Dales Volunteers at Malham National Park Centre (car park charge) Binoculars recommended. (8miles/13km; moderate) Dogs allowed.

Tuesday 20 August - 'Painting on Location' workshop Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes 10.30am-4.30pm. Watercolourist Janet Willoner will lead you in an artistic exploration of the lovely countryside around Hawes. She will help you develop your skills and encourage you to make the most of painting in an outdoor location. Adults: £15.00 BOOKING CENTRE: Hawes National Park Centre.

Tuesday 20 August - Hedgerow weaving demonstration Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre 10.30am-4.30pm. Watch Steve Fuller creating colourful and unusual baskets using hedgerow materials.

Wednesday 21 August - Gallery Gotcha - Woolly Wonders Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes 2.00pm-4.30pm. Wonderful things to do with wool. Suitable for 8-12 yr olds. Free. BOOKING CENTRE: Hawes National Park Centre.

Wednesday 21 August - Hardraw via Sedbusk 2.00pm-4.30pm. Join our Dales Volunteers at Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes. An easy walk with villages and waterfalls with spectacular views over Hawes and middle Wensleydale. (4miles/6km; easy) No dogs.

Thursday 22 August - Caving 10.00am and 2.00pm. A unique opportunity to explore one of the Dales' spectacular limestone caves with C. I. C. nationally qualified Cave Instructor Paul Ramsden. Not suitable for children under 11 years old. Adults: £20.00 Children: £20.00 BOOKING CENTRE: Sedbergh National Park Centre.

Thursday 22 August - Kettlewell to Littondale and back (via Old Cote Moor) 11.00am-3.00pm. Join our Dales Volunteers at Kettlewell National Park car park (charge). (7miles/11km; strenuous) No dogs.

Thursday 22 August - Surprises around Sedbergh 2.00pm-5.00pm. Join David Colley at Sedbergh National Park Centre. (4.5miles/7km; easy) Dogs allowed.

Friday 23 August - Paper making demonstration Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes 10.30am-4.30pm. Simple paper making techniques using recycled materials and flowers as demonstrated by Karen Griffiths.

Friday 23 August - Family Photography Day Malham Youth Hostel 10.30am-4.30pm. Does your camera let you down? Spend a day learning to take better photographs in and around Malham with friendly help and advice from Margaret and Rod Smith. The day is designed for all abilities, so if you can hold a camera and use it then come along. Adults: £5.00 Children: £2.50 BOOKING CENTRE: Malham National Park Centre.

Sunday 25 August - Dent Discovery Trail 2.15pm-4.45pm. Join The Cumbrian Wildlife Trust at Dent National Park car park. This walk is particularly suitable for children. No charge but donations to the Trust welcome. (4miles/6km; easy) Dogs allowed.

Sunday 25 August - 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 25 August - 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.

Sunday 25 August - 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.

Tuesday 27 August - The Shaping of the Dales 2.00pm-4.30pm. Join Neil Dyson at Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre (car park charge). (4.5miles/7km; moderate) Dogs allowed.

Wednesday 28 August - Gallery Gotcha - Colourful Collages Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes 2.00pm-4.30pm. We've bags of stuff, from felt to fluorescent paint for you to make collages with. Suitable for 8-12 yr olds. Free. BOOKING CENTRE: Hawes National Park Centre.

Wednesday 28 August - Lower Deepdale & the river 1.30pm-5.00pm. Join our Dales Volunteers at Dent National Park car park. A walk along Dentdale, Moneyside and West Deepdale with beautiful views returning along the riverbank to historic Dent. (6miles/10km; moderate) No dogs.

Thursday 29 August - Coverdale, Moneyside & Sunnyside 1.30pm-5.00pm. Join our Dales Volunteers at Carleton-in-Coverdale Village Hall. An easy walk on eitherside of the River Cover. (5.5miles/9km; easy) Dogs allowed.

Thursday 29 August - Burnsall Byways 1.30pm-4.00pm. Join our Dales Volunteers at Burnsall village green. (4miles/6km; easy) No dogs.

Thursday 29 August - Horton Train & Tramp 9.30am-3.30pm. Join our Dales Volunteers at Horton-in-Ribblesdale National Park car park (charge), to catch train to start point. Please arrive promptly to catch 9.45am train to Ribblehead. Walk back via Ling Gill Bridge. Train fare not included (dogs free on train). (10miles/16km; moderate) Dogs allowed.

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