Ah, autumn: season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.

Regular readers will know this is my favourite season and I’m already planning trips into the Dales to photograph the wonderful colours of this atmospheric time of year.

October, arguably the best month of them all (so wonderfully captured by artist Keith Melling in his painting of Littondale, above) seems a good time to revel in the glories of Yorkshire’s woodlands.

In this month’s magazine, Howard M Beck looks at the past, present and future of the county’s trees.

We also enjoy a blast from the past as we look back on the Dales’ answer to Frost, Maigret, Morse and Holmes. It is remarkable to think that more people tuned in to watch the investigations of Sergeant Cluff than tuned in to see last year’s Strictly Come Dancing final, yet how many people remember this gruff Yorkshire detective? Fortunately, Cluff could be set for a long overdue revival, as the first two books in a series that inspired the BBC drama have been republished.

Autumn is also, for Dalesman at least, new books season. This year, along with a number of new titles, we are publishing a selection of the work of legendary former editor Bill Mitchell, collated by his son. David Mitchell reveals the story of how he “embarked on a labour of love” to celebrate his dad’s extraordinary life.

Happy autumn!

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This month’s great features

Achieving something special
Andrew Gallon visits a thriving community workshop near Ripon

A moorland mystery
Paul Bennett investigates the fascinating facts and fiction behind Ilkley’s stone circle

Alfred and his kingdom
John White celebrates A J Brown – walker, writer and passionate Yorkshireman

Cluff justice
Crime writer Martin Edwards investigates the appeal of a forgotten great

Our woodland glory
Howard M Beck goes down to the woods and explores how this precious landscape has changed over time

‘The funniest man in Britain’
Christopher Phipps meets the Yorkshire historian who has never stopped talking

Bill Mitchell’s Yorkshire
David Mitchell, the son of former Dalesman editor Bill Mitchell, talks about a literary labour of love, celebrating the life of his father

Birds of the Bay
Richard Bell heads to Scarborough to sketch some of the birds of South Bay

Time for tea
Ian McMillan muses on the art of making a champion Yorkshire brew

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