A TRAVEL website aimed at helping people find their way to and around the Yorkshire Dales National Park has been given a complete overhaul after proving so successful.
The new-look site - built by Rylstone-based QDK, the team behind Daelnet - has been re-launched in time to help people planning a trip to the Dales during the August Bank Holiday weekend.
Revamped website for dales travel
In the last 12 months, the number of visitors to www.traveldales.org.uk has steadily risen to its present level of more than 2,000 a week, according to Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) Transport and Visitor Management Officer Andy Ryland.
"The website has been so popular that we decided it was time to expand it to provide a better-than-ever service," he said.
"It is now full of new and up-dated information so that, whether you are a visitor to the National Park or a local resident, the website will provide you with all the information you need to travel around and enjoy the special qualities of this precious landscape in a sustainable and environmentally-friendly manner."
The fact it has received so many visits proves that there is a demand for this type of information...
Andy Ryland - YDNPA
The website now has downloadable maps including the Settle Loop - the first section of the Pennine Bridleway National Trail in the Yorkshire Dales National Park - and a coach driver's guide to the National Park.
In addition, the site has 250 plus links to everything from local taxi companies to pony trekking operators as well as transport, cycling and walking news generated by the YDNPA and by organisations like the Department for Transport and cycling and pubic transport groups.
Then there are details of linear walks using buses and trains, information about 100 Dales Bus discounts if people travelling by bus or train to visit the Yorkshire Dales and news about bus tickets and special offers.
"We don't intend to stop here," continued Andy. "The fact it has received so many visits proves that there is a demand for this type of information and we will be continually improving it for the future."