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NEWS RELEASE No: 1460610 MAY 2011

Trip back in time in Dalby

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Brian Walker in the wild flower meadows of Dalby Forest

There’s more to Dalby Forest than just six million trees!  To prove the point the Forestry Commission is staging two walks through time in the 3,440 hectare (8,600 acre) beauty spot, near Pickering, on Sunday 15 May to look for signs of past civilisations.

The North York Moors wood was once part of the medieval Royal Forest of Pickering. But tell-tale signs of human presence going back thousands of years can still be found. Lending his expert eye will be ex-wildlife and archaeology officer Brian Walker.  He explained:

“There are 79 scheduled monuments in Dalby and we’ll be delving into the stories behind some of them including Bronze Age burial mounds, medieval boundaries and 19th century rabbit warrens. The trees have helped protect what is a unique landscape which can still tell a compelling story.”

There’ll also be chance to join a field walk to look for flints more than 3,000 year old – once important cutting tools used as arrow hands and knives. 

“My wife discovered a Bronze Age stone mallet head while walking in Dalby so you really never know what you will find,” adds Brian.

Walks start at 10am and 1.30pm and cost £6.  Booking is required on 01751 472771, or at Dalby Forest Visitor Centre.

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