Discover the North York Moors this Easter
It’s Discover National Parks fortnight, which takes place from Saturday 6 to Sunday 21 April, and the North York Moors is celebrating with a whole host of walks, workshops, children’s activities and special events.
The UK's fifteen National Parks are each unique. They offer infinite opportunities to explore, learn, relax and unwind, whether it’s with a gentle family walk, an action-packed adventure, or an exploration of local history and heritage.
In the North York Moors, events are being held to coincide with the start of the Easter holidays and include ‘Tremendous Trees’ on Sunday 14 April at the Sutton Bank National Park Centre. Join Yorkshire bushcraft experts from Trailblazer Wildcraft and learn more about our native trees, then light a campfire and brew pine-needle tea. For younger adventurers there’s also ‘Tree-mendous’ on Wednesday 17 April, where children from the age of four can play a specially created ‘meet a tree’ game and sculpt clay faces to stick to their favourite.
At the Moors National Park Centre, Danby, parents can drop off their young explorers for a day of wild adventure on Thursday 18 April. Shelter building, firecraft and navigation will all be covered; children must be aged 8 or over to take part. For those looking for something slightly less wild, from Friday 19 to Monday 22 April, you can use your navigation skills in an Easter egg hunt instead!
For more information, including prices and booking information, please visit www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/discovernationalparks, or call 01439 772738. With the exception of the Easter Egg Hunt, all events must be booked in advance.
To find out about the wide range of events and activities happening nationally, visit nationalparks.uk/discover.
Nina Beadle, Communications Officer, North York Moors National Park Authority email@example.com
The North York Moors National Park
The North York Moors is a beautiful landscape of stunning moorland, ancient woodland and historic sites. Created on 28 November 1952 it became Britain’s sixth national park. Covering an area of 554 square miles (1,436 square kilometres) the National Park has 26 miles of coastline, two national nature reserves, 840 Scheduled Monuments and over 3,000 listed buildings, attracting an estimated 7.9 million visitors a year.
The National Park has two visitor centres, The Moors National Park Centre, Danby and Sutton Bank National Park Centre, providing opportunities for cycling, walking, eating, picnicking, shopping, crafts and wildlife-watching. The centre in Danby also houses the Inspired by… gallery, which features regularly changing exhibitions by artists who draw their inspiration from the North York Moors.
The North York Moors National Park Authority works with a wide variety of people to care for this beautiful corner of Yorkshire, providing apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities with nearly 14% of staff being apprentices from local families.
To view other press releases and for further information about the North York Moors National Park, visit www.northyorkmoors.org.uk
About UK National Parks
- There are 15 National Parks in the UK, spanning the length and breadth of the country. 10 in England, three in Wales and two in Scotland. National Parks protect almost 10 percent of England, 20 percent of Wales and 8 percent of Scotland.
- The oldest National Park is the Peak District, founded in 1951 because of its impressive gritstone edges, steep limestone dales, moorland, farmland (which covers about 90% of the park) and caverns famed for rare Blue John stone.
- The South Downs is the newest National Park, established in 2010 for its hundreds of square kilometres of woodland, bustling market towns, rolling chalk uplands and river valleys.
- The Lake District National Park, is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and is part of a special family of iconic places across the planet, such as the Taj Mahal, Machu Picchu, Easter Island and the Great Barrier Reef.
- The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is the only National Park to be designated primarily for its coastline, the whole of which can be walked via the 299-kilometre Pembrokeshire Coast Path.
- The Broads is the smallest National Park at around 305 square kilometres, with almost 200 kilometres of navigable, meandering waterways to explore.
- The largest National Park in the UK is the Cairngorms. At 4,528 square kilometres, it’s bigger than the whole of Luxembourg.
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