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New TV documentary on the ‘wild and remote’ North York Moors to air soon

The North York Moors National Park, a landscaped renowned for its heather-clad uplands, ancient woodlands and dramatic coastline will be the focus of a much-anticipated new BBC Two documentary.

North York Moors: A Wild Year will air on Friday 17 July from 9 – 10pm in what promises to be an intimate portrayal of one of England’s most cherished landscapes.

Using a spectacular range of time-lapse techniques, the documentary will bring fresh insight into the restless rhythms of the North York Moors and explore how and why this extraordinary place is the way it is.

The programme will include stunning videography of the National Park’s wildlife such as hardy swaledale sheep, emperor moths and ground-nesting birds such as red grouse and curlews. It will also take a look at how people have helped shape the land, including intimate portrayals of remote farmsteads like Dale Head Farm who breed swaledale and cheviot sheep.

Michael Graham, Director of Park Services at the North York Moors National Park Authority said: “The North York Moors is one of Britain’s breathing spaces, a treasured landscape protected and conserved for the benefit of all. We are delighted that the National Park will be celebrated in this new documentary and hope that many will catch a glimpse of this unique landscape and learn something of our distant cultural history.”

Shooting of the documentary involved a range of local time-lapse photographers including Steven Iceton, Andrew Oxby, and Steve Bell. Other local organisations such as Helmsley in Business also took part.

Tony Porter, chair of the Helmsley in Business group and owner of Porters Coffee Shop, said: “Helmsley in Business were delighted to be involved in the filming, and our members can’t wait to see the finished show. We’re so lucky to be based in such a spectacular location and to have the beauty of the National Park on our doorstep.”

The programme is part of series which takes a look at two other iconic regions of the British Countryside: The Pembrokeshire Coast and The Fens, with episodes now available on BBC iPlayer.


Media contact

Charlie Fox, Communications Officer, North York Moors National Park Authority


01439 772700

The North York Moors National Park

The North York Moors is a beautiful landscape of stunning moorland, ancient woodland and historic sites. Created on 28 November 1952 it became Britain’s sixth national park. Covering an area of 554 square miles (1,436 square kilometres), the National Park has 26 miles of coastline, two national nature reserves, 840 Scheduled Monuments and over 3,000 listed buildings, attracting an estimated 8 million visitors a year.

The National Park has two visitor centres, The Moors National Park Centre, Danby and Sutton Bank National Park Centre, providing opportunities for cycling, walking, eating, picnicking, shopping, crafts and wildlife-watching. The centre in Danby also houses the Inspired by… gallery, which features regularly changing exhibitions by artists who draw their inspiration from the North York Moors.

The North York Moors National Park Authority works with a wide variety of people to care for this beautiful corner of Yorkshire, providing apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities with nearly 14% of staff being apprentices from local families.

Further information about the North York Moors National Park and other press releases are available here: northyorkmoors.org.uk