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Friday, 21 June 2013

Millions flock to Dales national park

New figures show that more than 3.5 million are drawn to the Yorkshire Dales National Park each year, boosting the local economy.

The Valuing England’s National Parks report says, last year, the area saw 3,1m day trips and 410,000 staying visits with tourists spending £199m within the national park and £528m within the “area of influence”.

Carl Lis, national park authority chairman, said: “The benefits for people visiting the Dales are that they can get out into the peace and quiet, enjoy some really fresh air and soak up the natural beauty that surrounds them.

“There really is something for everyone here – whether they are interested in the landscape, its history and those who helped to shape it or they are more energetic and enjoy sporting activities or want to wander round some of our beautiful communities.

“For those who live and work here, it is a unique place that is worth caring for to ensure that its communities and businesses are still thriving long into the future.”

A country-wide campaign has been launched called Love Your National Parks. Run by National Parks England, it aims to highlight all the reasons why they are so important to the nation.

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