Yorkshire Dales National Park Local Customs

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    Sheep dogs

    by Sjalen Updated Sep 1, 2006

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    There are sheep dog trials and shows in the Dales every summer. You can see dogs in action at the farm shows in Muker and Reeth in Swaledale in spring and autumn, but there are also shows in Hawes once a week summertime. Check with the tourist offices to see the times during your visit. There are also posters all over Hawes' shops in summer.

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    Dry-stone walls

    by Sjalen Updated Sep 1, 2006

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    All over the Yorkshire Dales you will see these walls, constructed by stone and stone alone. This is a special way to build and not many can do it these days but there are courses held every summer if you are interested (check with the local tourist offices).

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    Lead mining

    by Sjalen Written Aug 27, 2006

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    The Yorkshire Dales was a centre for lead mining already in Roman days, but had its peak in the 18th and 19th century on the desolate fellsides above the dales themselves. It must have been awful to work the mines and get lead poisoned bit by bit whilst your family squeezed together in a tiny and cold cottage somewhere in the area. As the use of lead declined in the world, mines were forced to close and so, the Dales lost half their population when people moved to the big industrial cities around the North of England instead. All of this is told in several of the museums around the Dales. Primarily the Swaledale museum in Reeth and the Dales Museum in Hawes but also the Richmondshire Museum in Richmond. Reeth was a major lead mining centre and the rest of Upper Swaledale and Arkengarthdale followed closely behind. The Craven Moor are around Pateley Bridge is another mining area. Apart from the well-known mining villages, you see traces through rows of cottages scattered in the middle of nowhere as you go around by car.

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    Horsemounting

    by ATLC Written Sep 22, 2002

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    Outside the pubs and other buildings you'll often find some steps that lead to nowhere. Or so you think. They were used to mount your horse easily. Seems a necessary contraption if you're drunk...

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