Residents and visitors alike now have even more information about the Yorkshire Dales National Park at their fingertips with the launch of a new-look website.
The overhaul of the National Park Authority's site, which has taken several months, has been funded through the Government's Implementing Electronic Government initiative, which aims to use new technology as a driving force to help deliver services to the public.
The scheme has resulted in the creation of a joint National Parks Portal website - at www.nationalparks.gov.uk - and gave the Dales National Park the chance to rethink the structure of its own site, which was designed around five years ago.
According to Park bosses, the result is a completely revamped website - still at www.yorkshiredales.org.uk - which carries an even wider range of information and links than before.
Authority Member Wilf Fenten, who is also chair of a joint National Parks Electronic Government Steering Group, said:
"There is a vast array of educational resources for schools and groups, up-to-date information on projects such as the Pennine Bridleway National Trail and the work of our Area Ranger Service and a major new section focussing on the wildlife of the Yorkshire Dales.
"There are also plenty of links to information about visitor attractions - what to see, how to get here and where to stay - which will benefit the local economy.
"Very importantly, we hope the site will encourage sustainable tourism by helping to make visitors aware of and appreciate the delicate environment of the National Park they are coming to see."
- The spring edition of Dales 2006 - the newspaper for residents of the National Park - will be winging its way through householders' letter boxes over the next week. The free paper, which is produced by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, is full of news and information about projects and work being carried out by Authority staff and volunteers to keep the area in tip top condition. Stories cover subjects ranging from controls on off-road vehicles to a new club for young archaeologists. Editor Sarah Nicholson, the YDNPA's Communications Officer, said: "We produce 'Dales' twice a year to keep residents informed about what the Authority is doing in terms of caring for the National Park as a whole and the landscape, wildlife and communities within it. It's a very good read."