It’s been a grey, wet August Bank Holiday weekend in the west of the county – disappointing in particular for the pub, cafe and shop owners in the area. This weekend is usually the last big hope for them before the main holiday season is over but it turned into a damp squib, particularly in the northern and western dales. I travelled through upper Wharfedale early on holiday Monday, searching desperately for something positive to report. Organisers and stall holders were putting on a brave face at Kilnsey getting ready for the show on Tuesday (Sep 1) while up in Deepdale the River Wharfe was already starting to show plenty of energy despite being only a few miles from its source. Last week I received correspondence from the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) saying it had earmarked fifty potential sites for small-scale hydro-electric units within the park. Looking at the force generated in this short stretch the potential is easy to see.

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