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What to do in May

It can still be chilly this month but wait for a warm May day and you will think you are in heaven if you take a stroll along one of our many valley bottom walks. The grass will have greened up, spring flowers will be in full bloom along the banks and in the woods, the fields will be full of lambs playing and there will be meadow pipits and skylarks singing their heads off in the skies above. 

It's a good time to try your hand at something new like geocaching which is guaranteed to take you exploring places you might never have found on your own. Or why not take a morning walk through Strid Woods on the Bolton Abbey estate admiring the fresh green leaves on the trees and listening to all the joyous bird song, followed by tea and cake at the Cavendish Pavilion beside the River Wharfe, sparkling in the spring sunshine.


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Ideas for short walks

Find a great selection of short walks to go on at popular locations throughout the National Park

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Get outdoors

Find out about walking, cycling, mountain biking and horse riding


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