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Exhibition just one taste of national park's features

Posted 12 April 2012
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Exhibition just one taste of national park's features
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This year marks 60 years since the inauguration of the North York Moors National Park, which was one of the first in the UK to be established. While the Peak District, the Lake District and Snowdonia were formed in the previous year, this area of the north-eastern Pennines just south of the industrial Teesside area was not long in following.

The official anniversary is in fact November 28th, but the whole year is being marked with a and this includes a new exhibition of artwork entitled Inspired Landscape, on display at the Moors National Park Centre in Danby from May 13th.

Six leading artists from the area have contributed and the authority's chief executive Andy Wilson said:  "The North York Moors has long been a magnet for artists. I am thrilled that six of our resident artists, now at the top of their respective fields, have agreed to put on this very special exhibition to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the National Park."

While visitors may enjoy the pictures, there can be no better time to get the walking boots on and head for the hills, to enjoy those very same landscapes from which the artists have drawn inspiration.

The North York Moors may not be the loftiest of national parks - its highest point is Urra Moor at 454 metres (1,489 ft). But that does not mean it lacks beauty in any way. With 1,434 sq km of land and 42 km of coastline, it offers wild hills, valleys, beaches and rugged shoreline.

One way to see a large slice of the national park is via a long-distance path. The Cleveland Way starts in the south-west of the area and heads north and then north-west, climbing over Urra Moor and the popular hill of Roseberry Topping before leaving the national park. However, having reached the coast, it then heads southwards and re-enters the national park.

The coastal section eventually passes southwards through the national park to Scarborough, but along the way it reaches Robin Hood's Bay. This village is the final stop on Wainwright's coast-to-coast walk, which stretches for 192 miles and links the North York Moors with the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District.

So while it may not be the most celebrated UK national park, the North York Moors is certainly not off the beaten track.