MANY Yorkshire schoolchildren living in former mill towns never get the chance to explore the magnificence of the Yorkshire Dales - so next week, a drive will start to take the Dales into the town.
Children from five Keighley schools will be exploring the Dales next week - and then creating a giant picture of their day out in the town's famous Cliffe Castle Museum.
They will take photographs and make sketches of things they see in the countryside and use them to create the collage.
The project is being run by Catherine Kemp, Outreach Officer for the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, and she is hoping about 50 children will join in: "The aim is to introduce the pupils to the Dales - to get them familiar with the countryside and to start to understand how it works, what is special about it and how they can help to look after it," she said.
"Many of the children have never had the chance to spend time in the countryside so it will be an eye-opener for them. We want to try to encourage them to develop an interest in the National Park that will grow to the point where, hopefully, some of them will want to take it further in the future and become involved in the management of the Dales."
The event is part of a rolling programme of activities that Catherine organises throughout the year to try to generate interest in the National Park among schools and community groups living on its boundaries, particularly in Keighley and Bradford.