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Dales big on tranquillity map

[Wednesday 25 October 2006]
The Yorkshire Dales - officialy a tranquil place

STAFF at the Yorkshire Dales National Park are celebrating official recognition for something that they - along with locals and millions of visitors - have known for years: that the Dales are one of the most tranquil parts of England.

In the nationwide " peace and quiet" map published on Monday by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (see news), North Yorkshire was judged the third most peaceful place in the country after Northumberland and Cumbria and, within North Yorkshire, the Dales scored particularly well.

The top five components of tranquillity, according to countryside visitors, are seeing a natural landscape, hearing birdsong, peace and quiet, seeing natural-looking woodland and seeing the stars at night.

Gary Smith, the national park's head of conservation and policy, commented:" This research shows that it is getting harder and harder to find places where people can really escape from the stresses and strains of modern life and experience the remoteness, solitude and sheer beauty of our countryside.

"The CPRE report just confirms yet again what a priceless asset the Yorkshire Dales National Park is to this region and to the nation.

"The tranquillity of the Dales, enhanced by the natural sounds of wind, water and birdsong, is one of its most special qualities. That is why our forthcoming management plan - called The Yorkshire Dales: Today and Tomorrow - will include an objective to maintain the area's overall tranquillity and sense of remoteness."

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