Take the fairy trail at The Studfold Adventure Trail in Pateley Bridge
PUBLISHED: 12:03 29 June 2018
Young visitors to Nidderdale can release their inner fairy this summer
This summer visitors to a scenic dale in North Yorkshire will be able to get a fairytale ending as they explore an adventure nature trail run.
The Studfold Adventure Trail near Pateley Bridge in Nidderdale’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is adapting a story written by a former neighbour into a series of nine panels which will be installed along the attraction’s fairy and pixie trail to help enchant young explorers as they venture into the woodland.
From this month, youngsters will be able to imagine life for the little folk living in the scenic woodland village of Two Stone Wishes as they follow the story entitled ‘Daniel and the Messles’ which was written by Steve Leach, a former neighbour to Studfold.
The story, which has never been made public before, was originally written seven years ago. The author used one of Studfold Farm’s scenic spots, Blayshaw Gill as the setting for the tale and based the main character and hero on Daniel, the young son of Ian Walker, who owns the attraction with his sister Anne Challis on land which has been in their family for more than 16 generations.
Studfold’s adventure trail already has 20 fairy houses that are put out during the summer holidays, but this year the attraction has developed the Nidderdale fairy village of Two Stone Wishes in a wood which can only be entered by families discovering the code to unlock the ornate woodland-themed gate.
Now, with the help of the storyboards designed by Bradford-based designer Penny Wilson and four new intricately-carved wooden fairy houses youngsters can immediately immerse themselves in the mythical world.
From the giant storytelling chair, children can wander through the scenic wood as they find out whether Daniel can save the fairies and pixies from a plague of Messles, pesky flying creatures that have threatened the community.
Former teacher Mr Walker said: ‘It is fantastic to now be able to share the story which fits so perfectly with our fairy trail and will immediately ignite children’s imaginations as they relate the tale to the surroundings they are in.
‘Steve has now moved away but he was a great neighbour and it is really flattering to have a story based on my son when he was much younger.’
Studfold’s fairy experience is an extension to their adventure nature trail which is aimed at encouraging pre-school and primary school children to discover more about rural life and the natural world using age-related clue sheets, hidden treasure and activity boxes.
Young visitors are encouraged to get in the spirit by wearing their own mythical sprite outfit, or they can borrow fairy wings and pixie hats from the on-site shop.
Studfold Trails is open from 10.30am-5pm (last admission 15.30). Admission costs £6 for adults, £5 for children with under three-year-olds free.