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Dales drive to encourage more coach tourists

Tuesday 17 February 2004

THE Yorkshire Dales National Park's long-standing policy of persuading visitors to leave their cars at home has taken another step forward with the publication of a new booklet designed to attract more coach parties.

So called "green tourism" has long been a top priority of park planners hoping to reduce the noise, pollution and the frustration caused by massive traffic jams at peak visitor times.

Today, the park authority has published a special guide for coach operators and group tour organisers showing exactly what is on offer in the national park - and details of facilities like car parks which will allow large numbers of tourists to arrive in just one vehicle. The project has been partly funded by European Union grants.

Project officer Mark Allum comments: "Group travel is an essential part of maintaining the beauty and unique atmosphere of the Dales. By travelling as a group you are lowering the number of cars coming to the area, and you get a more relaxing trip and better views over the drystone walls.

"We have invested heavily in creating convenient and plentiful coach parking areas close to the key attractions in the Yorkshire Dales, and have a range of activities ideal for coach parties and groups - many of which take place at national park centres."

The guide is available free of charge. To order copies, telephone Grassington National Park Centre on 01756 752774 or email grassington@ytbtic.co.uk. The guide can also be downloaded from www.traveldales.org.uk.


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