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Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Stunning route for trampers, mobility scooters and wheelchair users

A new circular walk suitable for trampers, mobility scooters and wheelchair users has opened in the North York Moors National Park. Much of the 5.3 mile route takes in stunning views from the Cleveland Way National Trail.

Easier access ... the viewing platform at Sutton Bank.
Starting at the iconic Sutton Bank National Park Centre, renowned for ‘the finest view in England’, visitors can enjoy the outstanding views across the Vale of Mowbray to the distant Yorkshire Dales. It also takes in some of the Cliff Bike Trail so sightseers can appreciate winding and meandering through the woods and across the fields.

Phinn-tastic evening at Milton Rooms

Best loved raconteur ... Gervase Phinn.
Photo by Richard Murphy.
Gervase Phinn, one of Britain's best-loved comic writers and raconteurs, will be entertaining an audience at Malton's Milton Rooms on Friday (9 September).

With a keen ear for the absurd and sharp eye for the ludicrous, Phinn has delighted audiences throughout the UK with stories drawn from his experiences as a teacher and then school inspector in the Yorkshire Dales.

He taught in a range of schools for fourteen years before becoming an education adviser and schools inspector. He is now a freelance lecturer, broadcaster and writer, a consultant for the Open University, honorary fellow of St. John's College, York and the fellow and visiting professor of education at The University of Teesside. He has published many articles, chapters and books and edited a wide range of poetry and short story collections.

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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Town promoters shortlisted

A group of businesses that has worked hard to spotlight the charms of one of the county's most beautiful market towns has been shortlisted for a community award

Popular town ... Helmsley's business group has worked hard to ensure
 it thrives for residents and visitors
Helmsley in Business is in the running for best community group in North Yorkshire County Council's annual awards.

The category recognises the work that many local groups do for their communities and the wider Yorkshire region.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Deli's delight at national recognition

The Hunters of Helmsley deli has earned national recognition for its commitment to sourcing and promoting regional delicacies.

Judges highly commended the store in the best independent retailer category of the Great British Food magazine awards.

The awards were established three years ago to recognise the work of the artisans behind the nation’s favourite food and drink.

Get exploring and help conservation, park urges families

Having fun ... club members
and volunteers get exploring.
Families with children aged 4 – 14 are being offered a way to learn about the habitats of the North York Moors national park.

The park's Explorer Club starts at the beginning of next month, meeting one Saturday or Sunday a month for six months.

The park holds an information day from 2pm – 4pm this Sunday (28 August) at its Danby centre. Members will be on hand to talk about their experiences and what they gain from volunteering and being part of the group. There will also be the opportunity to take part in fun activities such as stile building and creating natural works of art so attendees can experience what being part of the project will entail.

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Conservation grants give national park's landscape a competitive hedge

The North York Moors national park is offering land manager grants of up to £2,000 for hedgerow planting and drystone walling.

The Traditional Boundary Scheme, now in its fourth year, has grant-aided nearly 10,000 square metres of drystone walls and planted over 8km of hedges in the area.

The national park authority says traditional boundaries form an important part of the landscape and it wants to help landowners improve, protect and restore these features, including coppicing and gapping up.

As well as serving as stock-proof boundaries, drystone walls and hedges provide shelter for stock, reduce soil erosion and increase habitat connectivity.

The authority's conservation projects assistant Roy McGhie said: “It has been fantastic to see the difference the traditional boundary scheme grant can make to the landscape of the national park.

"As well as being important historical features, field boundaries are of considerable wildlife value and also add to the aesthetic appeal of the park. This grant is an important contribution to the way the authority recognises the significance of traditional boundaries to farming, wildlife, and the park in general.”

The initiative grant-aids traditional field boundaries in the park providing they do not already receive funding from other sources. Priority is given to those boundaries which are most visible from a public right of way or of particular historical or environmental interest.

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Thursday, 18 August 2016

When it comes to a good visitor experience, Ryedale walks it

The district council has joined forces with digital walking guide business, iFootpath, to devise and map four walks from each of Ryedale's market towns.

The 20 walks are described, photographed and mapped in detail and can be downloaded and followed using an app on smart phones, or printed.

Best foot forward from Pickering Castle: councillor Cowling, Claire Sharp, Richard Jemmett and Bobbie from iFootpath, Craig Nattress, visitor economy officer and Mr Inman, winner of a £20 voucher prize for suggesting several walks in the area.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

National park tackles invasive plants

Himalayan Balsam. Photo by Nan Sykes.
The North York Moors national park is tackling non-native plant species on the Esk, Seph and Rye river catchments throughout September.

The Yorkshire Water-funded programme will tackle Japanese knotweed and Himalayan balsam which pose a threat to native plants and animals.

Monday, 15 August 2016

Highways chiefs hit the road with a smoother journey to 1300 ft pub

Landlord Barry Crossland is upbeat when you mention journeying along Blake Ridge, between Rosedale and Farndale, which ranks as one of the most exposed roads in England and takes customers to his Lion Inn.

Landlord Barry Crossland (second left) with highways area manager Richard Marr, project manager Mike Aitchison and highways customer communications officer Sharon Fox.

The stretch passes through the the heather between Hutton-le-Hole and Castleton, rising over 1300 feet to the watering hole midway at the highest point of the North York Moors.

And the road takes the full blast of the weather as it blows off the North Sea.

Barry, who has been the Lion Inn's landlord for the past 35 years, can tell more than most how quickly the road can disappear into fog and sea-fret. He knows so well how fast the temperature falls in winter, how fast the moor can freeze and how fast the snow can fall.

He feels easier these days after the county council's highways team spent part of summer filling in potholes, resurfacing the road and repainting the white lines that are a crucial guide to night-time traffic across the blackness of the moor.

Showhome gives a taste of Helmsley life

A showhouse at Helmsley's Black Swan Yard now gives potential buyers a taste of what it's like living in the Ryedale town.

The 17-home luxury housing scheme holds an open weekend this Saturday and Sunday (20-21 August). The fully-furnished, stone-built show house has three en-suite bedrooms and is priced at £425,000.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Tourism-promoting business group goes from strength to strength

A 60-strong business group that has worked hard to capitalise on Helmsley's magnetic appeal, is celebrating a successful 12 months with a new committee and six new members.

Helmsley .. continues to draw tourists. A great place to live and work, too.

Helmsley in Business, set up four years ago, has promoted the Ryedale town as a special place to live, work and visit.

Monday, 8 August 2016

Ready, steady ... tuck in! Sinking their teeth into a taste of Rio in Ryedale

Hunters of Helmsley is celebrating the Olympics by serving up a taste of Rio in the form of a classically Brazilian Bauru sandwich.

Beefing up lunchtime ... the new Bauru sandwich
at Hunters of Helmsley
While the athletes stick to carefully-planned diets, fans back in Britain can now get a taste of Rio right in Ryedale. The Bauru sandwich, huge in Brazil, was created by law student Casemiro Pinto Neto, known by his nickname ‘Bauru’ back in the 1930s.

This sarnie consists of crusty bread, locally sourced beef home-cooked at Hunters, melted mozzarella, zingy pickles and juicy tomatoes. The South American treat will be available at the store throughout the games for £4.50.

Christine Garnett, who owns Hunters of Helmsley with her husband Chris, said: “We always love to celebrate exciting occasions and of course events don’t get much bigger than the Olympic games.

"After doing some research into Brazilian food, we came across the story of the Bauru sandwich. We decided to try it out and after one bite we knew we had picked a winner. It really is a delicious recipe and one that we’re sure people will enjoy trying – a little taste of Rio right here in the North York Moors."

Monday, 1 August 2016

Thousands will flock to Castle Howard for national sheepdog trials return

The English National Sheepdog Trials are set to return to Yorkshire after a nine-year absence with thousands expected to descend on Castle Howard for the event from Friday to Sunday, this week (5-7 August).
Ready for the action ... local sheepdog trials chairman Alec Mosey and dog Trooper await the start of the national trials which are held at Castle Howard.
The competition will see some of the best dogs and biggest names in sheepdog trialling come together from across the whole of England to compete to win one of 15 places in the national team and go on to represent England in the International Trials, in Wales later in the year.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

New-look facilities boost rescue team's work into next 50 years

North Yorkshire's Lord Lieutenant Barry Dodd performed the official opening of  Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team's extended base in Snainton and to launch its new vehicle.

The work dates back to last year when the team celebrated its 50th anniversary and began planning for more storage, garaging and an improved method of transporting search parties and casualties.

Monday, 25 July 2016

Week-long event celebrates our treasured 'breathing spaces'

Adventure is the theme of this year’s UK-wide National Parks Week, which starts today (25 July) – and there'll be plenty of that given that we have two of Britain's 'breathing spaces' in North Yorkshire.

On the menu ... food tasting at the North York Moors national park.
Photo by Brian Nicholson.
The teams at the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales national parks are getting in on the act and have been busy drawing up a long list of activities including drystone wall demonstrations, geocaching, getting close up to nature, heritage trails, kite making and flying, treasure hunts and musical events to name but a few.
National Parks UK director Kathryn Cook said: "Our 15 wonderfully diverse national parks offer a great range of events and activities – there really is something for everyone to enjoy. So whether you’re a thrill seeker or you are looking for something a little less energetic, we encourage you to get out and be a part of the incredible landscapes that make this country so unique."

Saturday, 23 July 2016

National park has designs on good building in North York Moors

An awards scheme that recognises developments that enhance the character of the North York Moors national park is once again open for entries.

The 2016 Design Awards, sponsored by artisan glassmakers Gillies Jones, showcase the great design work in the area. The winner of each category will receive a commemorative glass bowl from Gillies Jones. The event, held every two years, celebrates the positive contribution that good design can have on local communities.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Residents' views will shape plan

Give us your views! That's the message to residents of the North York Moors National Park.

The park authority is seeking views on topics such as planning, services and communications in its latest residents’ Survey.

The survey is available in electronic and hard copy. The says the views will help shape a business plan to guide how the park authority spends its money and the work it does over the next four years.

Authority chief executive Andy Wilson said: “It’s really important for us to understand the views and feelings of our residents. They help to shape the work we do. I’d like to encourage everyone who receives the survey to take a few minutes to provide us with their views, to ensure we are making the right decisions in the future.”

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

First birthday gallery says Helmsley has its community welcome off to a fine art

Helmsley's inspirational community has helped art gallery, Lazenby Visuals go from strength to strength, according to its owner. And this Saturday (2 July), the gallery, based in the picturesque town's Walled Garden craft units, marks its first birthday with a packed programme

Feeling part of the community has helped Chris Lazenby's gallery
go from strength to strength in its firs tyear.

The programme includes appearances from local artists James McGairy from Guisborough and Bree Merryn from Skipton. James, who takes inspiration from the Moors, Dales and coast, has appeared as a contestant on Sky Arts’ Landscape Artist of the Year. Bree has a deep interest in drawing the beautiful rural surroundings of Yorkshire and specialises in figurative and animal art. Both artists will be in-store creating art in a live capacity - a rare treat for attendees!

Monday, 27 June 2016

Game, set and strawberry match

On to something berry good. Strawberries
 and cream available through the ice cream 
window during Wimbledon.
Today marks the beginning of Wimbledon, the oldest tennis tournament in the world, and to celebrate, Hunters of Helmsley is providing strawberries and cream to customers looking for a taste of the action.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Conservation team move celebrated

Newly-appointed North Yorkshire county council chairman councillor Val Arnold (second from right), was on hand to formally celebrate the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty team's move to the offices of the North York Moors National Park Authority in Helmsley. The two organisations have a shared boundary in the Ampleforth and Coxwold area, and have worked on a variety of joint conservation projects already. The team uses volunteers to help with countryside management tasks, alongside the Moorswork social enterprise group based at Dalby Forest. A new project is also being developed to use the national park modern apprentices to carry out public rights of way improvement works in the area.