Easter and spring fun for all the family

A host of fun events for families, walkers and nature lovers are planned at Easter and spring in the North York Moors National Park.

Why not try kayaking at East Barnby Outdoor Centre, tackle the Compass Explorers’ Challenge or learn how to make fire with on a bushcraft course.

If you’re more interested in nature, what about a meeting with remarkable trees on the Duncombe Estate or a three-mile walk through a carpet of bluebells?

Or perhaps history is more to your taste – sign up for a five-mile walk from Appleton- le-Moors through ancient tracks to explore some Roman-British sites, visit the amazing hidden gem of Scotch Corner Chapel, near Oldstead or find out about the industrial heritage of the Esk Valley on a 4.5-mile walk from Grosmont.

National Park Voluntary Ranger Tony Auckland leading a health walk. Credit Discovery Photography.

One of our special events for families during the school holiday is the Easter Trail. Come along to The Moors National Park Centre at any time from 10:00 am between March 29 and April 1 and use our map to locate the hidden eggs. Find all ten and a tasty prize awaits you back at the Centre. The cost is free to adults and £2.50 for children. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

These are just nine events out of a host of activities in our calendar for Easter and spring.

To guarantee a place at one of these events you must book unless it is a ‘drop-in’ event.

For more details visit www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/events.

Holiday Adventure

April 2, 4, 9 11: High-octane holiday adventures for nine to 16-year-olds (families are welcome to) at East Barnaby Outdoor Centre. Activities, depending on the weather, will include kayaking, surf sports, sailing, beck-scrambling, geocaching, orienteering, mountain biking, indoor climbing, real rock adventures, skiing, seashore exploration and bushcraft. For more details and bookings, contact East Barnby Outdoor Centre on 01947 893333. Cost £30 per person. 9:30 am – 4:00 pm.

Cunning Compass Explorers

April 11, August 1: Learn how to use a compass and tackle the compass course at The Moors National Park Centre, Danby. Minimum age 8. Cost: adult free, child £3.50. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 10:30 am – 12:00 noon.

An Introduction to Bushcraft

April 11: Rediscover our ancestors’ skills and learn how to make a fire without matches and enjoy a camp fire responsibly at The Moors National Park Centre, Danby. Minimum age 9. Cost: adult free, child £7. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm.

Grosmont and Esk Valley Ramble

April 18: Join our National Park Rangers at Grosmont Railway Station for a 4.5-mile walk in the scenic Murk Esk Valley and listen to a talk about our industrial heritage on the way. Cost: free. 10:00 am – 1:00pm

A Meeting with Remarkable Trees

April 20: A rare opportunity to see some spectacular ancient trees on the Duncombe Park Estate, 2:00pm – 4:00pm.Cost: free. Meet at National Park Offices, Bondgate, Helmsley.

Bluebells in springtime

May 5: Three-mile walk through open fields into woodland at Great Ayton, 10 am to 12 noon. Meet at Great Ayton municipal car park. Cost: free.

A 12th Century Planned Village and its Landscape

May 5: The five-mile route starts at Appleton le Moors village hall and follows ancient tracks and country lanes to explore some Roman-British and early medieval sites. Cost: free. 1:00pm -4:00pm

Scotch Corner Chapel Open Afternoons

May 18, July 20, September 14: A rare opportunity to see inside the amazing hidden gem of Scotch Corner Chapel, near Oldstead. Talk to the relatives of John Bunting, who built the chapel. Drop in any time between 12:00 noon and 4:00 pm.

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