When I was designing this month’s front cover, with the hope of showing how the Yorkshire Dales National Park has changed in the sixty years since its formation, a colleague suggested I would struggle, as they look now just as they did six decades ago.

Of course, the Dales have changed quite a lot, but he had a point. Unlike many other parts of England, the Dales remain as beautiful and unfettered by modern over-development as they did back in November 1954. And that is perhaps the greatest advert for the national park movement. Without national parks, both the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors may have looked very different.

In this month’s magazine, Colin Speakman marks sixty years of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and reflects on this magazine’s involvement in its creation. Colin is arguably best known as the creator of the Dales Way, one of the country’s most popular long distance walks, and elsewhere in this month’s issue we catch up with Clare Balding, who has just completed the walk for BBC Radio Four’s Ramblings programme.

Also this month we go behind the scenes at the York Walls, meet the artist whose work features on millions of boxes of tea, and chomp through the history of the Yorkshire pie.

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This month’s great features


Sixty years of a national park
Colin Speakman marks a milestone for the Yorkshire Dales

A friendship built on solid foundations
Andrew Gallon meets a group preserving York’s Bar Walls

A likely tale, lad
Author Mike Pannett recalls his annual holiday drive to the Yorkshire coast



An eye for detail
Andrew Gallon meets the artist whose work can be found in millions of kitchens

Feast days
Peter Brears discovers that Yorkshire folk have always celebrated in style

Clare Balding’s Yorkshire Ramblings
Phil Penfold meets the ever-busy writer and broadcaster




Should we go it alone?
Reader Daphne Clark argues that Yorkshire should be granted independence

Catterick Garrison:
100 years on duty

Helen Johnson celebrates the centenary of the military base

Present panic 
Ian McMillan on the realisation that it’s time to begin Christmas present shopping

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