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£7000 needed for Skipton Woods

[Saturday 10 June 2006]

A FUND has been raised to improve the amenities at one of the most famous and historic urban walks in the Yorkshire Dales, Skipton Woods.

Although the Dales have thousands of miles of walking countryside over hills and moors, the Skipton Woods walks lies at the very heart of the market town and is much used by locals taking a short break or by visitors.

The woods lie next 900-year-old Skipton Castle, which has figured many times in English history, and part of the area once played a crucial part in the development of Dales towns and villages during the Industrial Revolution: huge quantities of stone quarried near the castle were loaded onto barges when the Leeds-Liverpool Canal was opened in the 18th Century.

However, such is the popularity of the walk that footpaths alongside the beck and small lakes are eroded and the Woodland Trust, which manages the site, is hoping to raise £7,000 for urgent repairs.

Donations should be sent to the Woodland Trust, Freepost, Grantham, Lincs, NG31 6BR or there is a credit card hotline: 0800 026 9650.

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