Filming of one of the videos at Malham Cove

Filming of one of the videos at Malham Cove

Rescuers in the Yorkshire Dales have teamed up with a community organisation to produce a series of short videos to encourage safe use of the outdoors.

The Clapham-based Cave Rescue Organisation and the Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association, which has a headquarters in Grassington, have produced the films with Mosaic Outdoors.

The teams said: “As well as showcasing some iconic Dales scenery, the messages include: what to think about before setting out; what to take with you, and how to call for help in an emergency.

“These tips apply to everyone going out and about in the Dales, whether on foot, bike or other means.”

The videos, which can be seen via YouTube, feature members of Mosaic Outdoors giving advice to would-be outdoors enthusiasts.

As well as those in English, there are versions with subtitles in English and Hindi, plus video shorts delivering the information in Mandarin, Urdu and Hindi.

Sara Spillett, an Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association director, said: “Our rescue teams are available for everyone who needs us.

“We wanted to show the reality of people who visit the Dales, so the videos are presented by people from diverse communities. The videos explain what to carry with you and how to ask the police to call us out.”

Rae Lonsdale, one of the Cave Rescue Organisation’s controllers, said: “As summer holidays start and more people visit the Dales, we wanted to get out our safety messages.

“Questions to ask yourself: Do I have the right gear? Do I know what the weather will be? Do I have the knowledge and skills I need?”

Both teams’ volunteers carry out rescue missions both on the fells and in the caves of the national park and beyond, including some of the Yorkshire Dales’ most popular destinations for walkers and other outdoor fans.

The CRO’s patch extends from Malhamdale westwards across the Three Peaks into northern Lancashire and south-east Cumbria. UWFRA’s area covers mid-Airedale, Wharfedale, Nidderdale and across to the A1, beyond Knaresborough.

They provide search and rescue services free of charge and without direct government funding. Since the start of 2022 the teams have, collectively, been called out to more than 90 incidents.

Mohammed Dhalech from Mosaic Outdoors – a voluntary organisation which aims to connect diverse communities with the outdoors – said: “This is the first time we have worked with CRO and UWFRA and we have really enjoyed it.

“As well as being good fun, visiting the Dales improves everyone’s quality of life, health, as well as having environmental and educational benefits.”

Production of the videos, which can be seen on the Mosaic Outdoors YouTube channel, videos has been enabled by a grant from the North Yorkshire Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner’s community fund.

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