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Going bats in the Yorkshire Dales

Thursday 17 February 2005

The first of a new monthly rota of events in the Yorkshire Dales National Park has been announced and its ranges from bat-watching to observing lambing time on local farms.

The importance of "green tourism" was brought home to the park authority during the foot and mouth disaster three years ago and, ever since, the YDNPA has organised spring and summer events for both visitors and locals which reflect ordinary life in the Dales.

There will be over 180 different activities this year, including bat watching and "lambing walks" which will allow visitors to observe the work of a Dales farm at its busiest time of the year.

Activities planned for March are:

March 1 Spinning a yarn at the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes between 2pm and 4pm. Contact telephone number: 01969 667450.

March 20 Rag Rug Making at the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes between 10:30am to 4pm. Contact telephone number: 01969 667450.

March 27 - Aysgarth Stroll at Aysgarth Falls from the National Park Centre between 2pm and 3pm. Contact telephone number: 01969 663424.

March 27 - Lambing Time at Hurries Farm, Otterburn, between 2pm and 4pm. Contact telephone number: 01729 830363.

March 30 Nature Discovery Walk at Aysgarth Falls from the National Park Centre between 11am and 1.30pm. Contact telephone number: 01969 66342.

Information about each month's events can be obtained from the National Park Centres, on the website www.yorkshiredales.org or in The Visitor 2005 newspaper sent out to all residents within the Yorkshire Dales National Park.


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