Thornton-le-Dale was once widely known as the prettiest village in the North York Moors National Park. The village’s hub volunteers have been busy clearing and improving the pond area to create the trail.
The nature trail, which includes interactive displays, has been devised for children to encourage an interest in nature.
Visitors can collect a nature trail booklet from Wardills Newsagents or Balderson’s cafe in the village, which includes a range of questions and suggestions for activities while doing the trail, such as pond-dipping.
A sink is located at the pond-dipping site so that the ‘finds’ can be examined with the aid of the magnifying glass provided.
There are 14 separate stations along the trail and feedback so far is that children love it. They can then go home and learn more about what they have seen. Could also be a great place for a school trip!