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Dales in Olympic project

Posted 19 April 2010
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Dales in Olympic project
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The Yorkshire Dales National Park is staging an Olympic-themed project aimed at encouraging youngsters to enjoy the great outdoors.

Run in conjunction with the neighbouring Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Go Dales! adventure day will take place by Thruscross Reservoir near Harrogate and offer the chance for 200 under-25s to enjoy activities including orienteering and rock climbing.

The event has been granted the Inspire mark by the London 2012 Inspire programme as an initiative designed to help encourage people to take up sporting activity.

It may tempt some of those donning a climbing harness for the first time to do so again on a regular basis in the future.

London 2012 chairman Lord Coe said he was delighted the national park was helping the Inspire programme with "delivering on our vision to use the power of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games to boost participation in active outdoor recreation in the countryside".

Among other initiatives to receive the Inspire mark are a leaflet and poster campaign encouraging walking and cycling by the Department of Health and a Walk London free walk weekends, which seek to get people to go walking in the capital.

Posted by Elaine Arthur