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Dales Life

The Craven Dairy Auction champion and reserve with, from left, sponsors Helen Whittaker of National Milk Records and Phil Coleman of South West Lancashire Farmers, Mark and Karen Calvert, and judge Wick Williams

Success for Calvert family at Craven Dairy Auction

Picture of the week

Picture of the week

Italian cookery enthusiast Alessandra Toft is starting her own business

Italian cook hopes she has found the perfect recipe for new business venture

A well-used bridleway in Craven

Volunteers sought to a watchful eye on access rights for horse riders

Bear Grylls, right, with PBA ecologist Ben Shepherd

Bear Grylls has big adventure in the Dales

Gordon Banks, of Barden, with his champion pen of Swaledales

Gordon Banks saves a prize pen for store lamb show

This week's mystery object

Craven Curiosities

Staff take part in the Christmas stir at Skipton Abbeyfield

A Craven Diary

Dales estate sponsors red squirrel sanctuary

Dales estate sponsors red squirrel sanctuary

Collecting green hay near Cautley

Yorkshire Dales Hay Time project shortlisted for the Campaign for National Parks Park Protector of the Year Award

Pictured with the champion pen of ten Mule gimmer lambs at the second NEMSA highlight are, from left, Chris Pearson, of Pearson Farm Supplies, co-judge and buyer Malcolm Metcalfe, Thomas Walker, representing the winning family, and co-judge Edwin Holiday.

First-time champions lead the way at second Skipton NEMSA highlight

The sky above the Ribblehead Viaduct. Picture by Martin Eastwood

Get star struck in the Dales

Image courtesy of Liverpool Astronomical Society

Autumn constellations are at their best in October

Twin shearling rams net £11,000 in Bentham sale ring

Thomas Binns, left, with his prize-winning Texel gimmer shearling pen, being congratulated by show judge Michael Dugdale, of Giggleswick

Red Rose clean sweep at Skipton shearling gimmer show

Brewery owners, Richard and Carol Eyton-James, with Victoria Robertshaw (centre). Picture by Roger Moody

Festival will celebrate Yorkshire's reputation as the beer capital of Britain

Chess champion Jon Crumiller struggles with the geography of Britain

A Craven Diary

David Towell with his 4,000gns Skipton Texel top price shearling ram

Glusburn Texels top Skipton breed showcase

Last week's mystery object was an antique pocket calculator

Craven Curiosities

Colchicum - often incorrectly referred to as autumn crocuses - are starting to appear in shades of pink, purple and the occasional white

Autumnal tints are starting to appear in the garden

Picture of the week

Picture of the week

Pictured at the British Charollais Sheep Society’s annual show and sale of commercial rams at Skipton are, from left, Chris Geldard and the reserve champion, Mark Worthington and the supreme champion, and show judge Stephen Pickthall.

Ramsbottom ram champion at Skipton Charollais highlight

Skipton prime lamb trade again tops 150p/kg

Skipton prime lamb trade again tops 150p/kg

Cutting green hay from a donor meadow in Linton, Wharfedale. Picture by Don Gamble

Successful Dales hay time project expands into Bowland

Skipton sale attracts more than 230 cattle entries

Skipton sale attracts more than 230 cattle entries

Picture of the week

Picture of the week

Adam Staveley, right, with his first prize Skipton Suffolk gimmer lamb pen, joined by judges Lambert and Joy Coverdale

Glusburn farmer celebrates Skipton gimmer lamb championship hat-trick

Skipton Auction Mart

Clean cattle numbers up at Skipton Auction Mart

Ernie Sherwin is Skipton Wensleydale champion

Swadford Centre manager Caren Lee, left, and volunteer Ann Greene cast an eye over the daily specials board

Wholesome food and a warm welcome keep Skipton's Swadford Centre at heart of community, say staff

Sir Patrick Stewart backs the Be a Hero campaign

A Craven Diary

Last week's Craven Curiosity was a box camera

Craven Curiosities

Every aspect of the yarn journey will be represented, from the woolly animals themselves like these alpacas, through the various stages of production

Thousands expected in Skipton to celebrate all things woolly

Pictured with champion pen of 10s at Skipton’s opening NEMSA gimmer lamb show are, from left, Armstrong Watson’s Jonathan York, victor Ashley Caton, co-judge and buyer Gareth Daniels, co-judge Philip Elliott, Rachael Caton and three-year-old daughter

Caton family clinch championship double at Skipton NEMSA opener

Rhys Francis, right, with his Skipton Jacob supreme champion, joined by Jean Price and her husband’s reserve champion and judge Stephen Harrison. Picture by Adrian Legge Photography

Welsh showmen land leading honours at Skipton Jacob highlight

The Painted Lady butterfly can fly at extraordinary altitudes of up to 1,000 metres

The mysteries of migration in the natural world

Tea for two at a cosy Strid Wood Tearooms

Tea for two at a cosy Strid Wood Tearooms

A flock of sheep with their lambs walk down a wall side in this dramatic picture taken late evening, near Draughton

Call to protect police funding in rural areas

Addingham golder Graeme Finlayson has just achieved a hole-in-one

A Craven Diary

Picture of the week

Picture of the week

Last week's mystery object was a lamb feeder

Craven Curiosities

Bill Mitchell's latest book on the Settle-Carlisle line.

Folk tales of the famous Settle-Carlisle railway

Green Gates - a drovers’ road near Kirkby Stephen

Time to end the delay on national park extensions

Andrew Bishop with his Skipton Beltex supreme champion ram lamb. Picture by Adrian Legge Photography

Bishops take crown at Skipton pedigree Beltex highlight

Pictured are vendor Graeme Jackson, his daughter Ellie Jackson and judges George Whitwell and Richard Frankland

Bentham sale offers quantity and quality

Susie's special "jumbo" sausage rolls.

Susie and Marcel feed hungry workers at Broughton Hall business park

Equestrian centre owner is back in the saddle after breaking her leg

The much-photographed Bolton Abbey Priory was tenth in a poll to find Yorkshire's best view

The public vote on Yorkshire's best view

Picture of the week

Picture of the week

Barnoldswick's Bancroft Mill will run its steam-powered textile mill engine

Craven gets behind Heritage Open Days

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