Add your stories to Dales legends project

LEGENDS, tall stories and old myths are in demand for a special project aimed at entertaining visitors to the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Whether it’s a different version of the mystery of Bartle, who’s effigy gets burnt every year as part of the West Witton Feast, or the terrifying Barguest, the saucer-eyed wolf creature that lived in Trollers Gill, the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) would like to hear from anyone who has a tale to tell – something that makes their village or dale different from the others.

The appeal is part of the Authority’s Distinctly Dales project and coincides with the start of the 12th Annual National Storytelling Week, which is organised by The Society for Story Telling and runs until February 4.

And the stories will also be used by local artist Ian Scott Massie as part of an exhibition of paintings, prints, poetry and stories about places in the Dales.

The exhibition will be staged in July next year in a disused church in Wensleydale.

The Distinctly Dales project is working with local people and businesses in the National Park and in the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB)) to identify and develop the special qualities of their communities and show how they can attract visitors and tempt them to stay longer – so boosting the local economies.

Stuart Parsons, the YDNPA’s Member Champion for Promoting Understanding, said: “The project will make a collection of the stories, myths and legends available to businesses in and around the National Park and the AONB so communities can really get involved in drawing in a sustainable group of visitors to explore their local village or surrounding dale.”

Local marketing consultant Susan Briggs from the Tourism Network has been commissioned to help with the Distinctly Dales Project.

For more information on the project, visit and look up Distinctly Dales, where you will be able to send us your tales.