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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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This month’s great features

A seaside tragedy
Nigel Burnham looks at wartime Scarborough and the sad story of Mary Wardell

Getting back on track
Andrew Gallon monitors the Settle-Carlisle landslip repairs

Out of this world
Adrian Ward looks up to the stars from a Yorkshire perspective

The other 1066
Two Yorkshire battles that preceded the clash at Hastings are investigated by Helen Johnson

From a broken gnome…
Chris Bye remembers his days as a milkman in 1970s West Yorkshire

My debt to Yorkshire
How TV scriptwriter John Finch battled to carve out a career on the small screen

Ploughing ahead
Andrew Gallon talks to the British ploughing champion

The lost village of West End
John Burland recalls the story of a village sunk beneath Thruscross reservoir

Days on the farm
Kenneth Joul recalls what life was like on a Worth Valley farm in the ’50s and ’60s


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