I have read the hyperbolic national press coverage of the expansion of the Yorkshire Dales National Park with a wry smile.
There has been much talk of a Lancashire “land grab” and a new “War of the Roses”. Yet, long before the creation of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the Dales was defined as a far larger area even than the newly extended park of 2016.
In the very first edition of this magazine, back in 1939, the Dalesman’s founding father Harry J Scott published a map circled by what he called an “arbitrary line round what is generally accepted as ‘the Dales’.”
This line took in places as far-flung as Clitheroe, Kirkby Stephen, Barnard Castle, Darlington, Ripon and Harrogate. And there were no cries of “land-grabbing” to be heard.
Eight years later, Harry went a step further, extending his definition of the Dales to “include all the Yorkshire countryside”, into which he included the “rolling lands of Bowland”, the “Western Pennines” and the “cloughs and valleys of the Yorkshire/Lancashire border”.
Yorkshire is, as we have often pointed out, filled with dales, hills and valleys, each with its own character and beauty. It is this magazine’s job to celebrate all of them.
So, will Dalesman be covering the new areas of the Yorkshire Dales National Park? Yes, just as we always have.
Hopefully we can inspire you to visit an agricultural show before the season is over, if you’ve not yet done so. They really are a terrific celebration of our working countryside.
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