On Friday 11 October, the Great Wold Valley Heritage Trail will be launched with the opening of an exhibition of all the artwork on Weaverthorpe Village Green.
The exhibition will remain open to the public until noon on Sunday 13 October.
The Trail covers 11½ miles from Wharram-le-Street to Foxholes, passing through nine villages in five parishes along the course of the Gypsey Race down the Great Wold Valley.
The Trail has been created by a group of local volunteers, funded by LEADER and the Heritage Lottery Fund, to celebrate the heritage of the Valley together with its landscape and wildlife.
An information board in each village displays points of local interest as well as a heritage topic of wider significance to the Valley. The importance of the underlying chalk and the aquifer and springs is explored through its influence on the landscape and human habitation since prehistory.
In launching the Trail Councillor Janet Sanderson, North Yorkshire County Council, will say that “English Heritage believes that the early heritage of the Wolds may even surpass that of Salisbury Plain in its extent and complexity” and that “the Trail illustrates the rich diversity of the area’s heritage from prehistory to modern times”.
She will go on to say that “the project group, with the support of the five parish councils, numerous contributors and suppliers, has created a unique record of the Valley to bring it alive to residents and visitors alike”.
* Coast, Wolds, Wetlands and Waterways (CWWW) LEADER programme 2007-2013 theme was ‘to utilise the unrealised potential of the area’s heritage and culture to stimulate local vibrancy, encourage enhanced pride of place, and thereby improve the area’s economic performance and social sustainability’.
* LEADER funding comes from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. In the overall CWWW programme, £2.9M of European money has levered in at least £1.6M from other sources, together with voluntary effort valued at £3.3M.
* The Great Wold Valley Heritage Trail project group received £38,000 from each of LEADER and the Heritage Lottery Fund and contributed an estimated minimum of £40,000 in voluntary effort, to give a project value of £116,000.
* Councillor Janet Sanderson represents the Thornton Dale and the Wolds division of North Yorkshire County Council.
* The project group has written a promotional leaflet for wide distribution to visitors to the area.