Take walk on the wild side this spring

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PEOPLE can grasp an exciting opportunity to explore the North Yorkshire Moors takes place over a two-day period later this month.

Through the expertise of National Park Authority Rangers, walkers will be encouraged to explore the environment in a different light as they learn of the nature and history behind it.

Taking place from 12 to 14 April, the walks will offer an informed insight into the rangers’ conservation work.

The walks will offer a fascinating look into the moors’ wildlife and fauna and hands-on workshops are also being run.

Unique opportunities will be offered to learn how to build a dry stone wall.

With a variety of lengths and terrains, the walks offer something for everyone and range from three to six miles – two of the walks are suitable for pushchairs/wheelchairs and dogs are welcome on three of the walks.

Next Tuesday (12 April) offers both a morning and afternoon walk from Thornton-le Dale while a wildlife activity walk has also been organised.

A Lockton ‘spring ramble’ will be happening on Wednesday 13 April and the evening presents the prospect of a sunset bird walk at Sneck Yate near Sutton Bank. A route designed especially for dog owners is to be walked on Thursday 14 April, which will provide tips on the areas to walk during the bird nesting season; strolls around Levisham and Danby Beacon have also been arranged.

Events and exhibitions co-ordinator for the North York Moors National Park Authority (NYMNPA), Sally Ann Smith said: “There’s nothing like going for a walk with someone who knows the area like the back of their hand and you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who knows the North York Moors better than our rangers.

“If you want to know the best spots for wildlife watching, where to see spring flowers or perhaps are just intrigued about what a national park ranger does, then sign up for this opportunity to quiz those in the know.”

The national park’s six rangers provide a link between the NYMNPA and the general public and work to manage footpaths and bridle ways, while paying close attention to the environment and ensuring its conservation.Walks are priced at £2.50 per person and they are free for children aged 16 and under.

A dry stone walling workshop which runs on Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 April costs £12.50 adults, £10 per child and the navigation workshop is £3.50 per adult; £1.50 per child.

To book a place on the walks or workshops call (01439) 772738. For more information visit www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/events