Days out tested by us! – Dalby Forest

Dalby Forest is situated on the southern slopes of the North York Moors National Park.  The southern part of the forest is divided by a number of valleys creating a ‘Rigg and Dale’ landscape whilst to the north the forest sits on the upland plateau.

Although comprising mostly pines and spruces there are many broadleaf trees such as oak, beech, ash, alder and hazel both in the valleys and on the ‘Riggs’.

Clear streams arising in springs run north and south out of the forest. A lake has been created at Staindale.

The forest is home for birds such as the crossbill that elusive summer visitor the nightjar. Roe deer abound and badgers, the symbol of the forest, are a very common but nocturnal resident.

The signs of past settlers are all around. Burial mounds, linear, earthworks of unknown purpose and the remains of a flourishing rabbit warrening industry can be found throughout the wood.

A network of forest roads, including the 9 mile Dalby Forest Drive; provide access to this outstanding landscape. Formed in the Ice Age and shaped by the people from the Bronze Age to the present day, Dalby is very much a forest worth visiting.

Health & Fitness in the news – 04/08/2011

Exercise and Industry

1. Products specially designed for independent living and maximum comfort
The Independent

As the front page of The Times illustrates today, the UK is facing a ticking time bomb of health and welfare costs as a result of an ageing society. The new Chief Medical Officer’s Guidelines show that exercise, in particular balance and strength training, is essential in the maintenance of a healthy and independent later life. Today, The Independent gets in on the act and asks its readers “Are you struggling to sleep, find walking painful or perhaps would like to try some exercise to help retain your mobility?” Whatever you’re struggling with, there’s plenty of help and advice out there to make life easier. Day to day tasks like walking to the shops for your fruit and veg and going to the post office shouldn’t have to be hard work. Taking a comfortable walk in extra wide fitting shoes lets you really feel the difference.

The Independent

Health & Lifestyle

1. Lentils and kidney beans ‘cut bowel cancer risk’ by up to a third
Daily Mail

Eating pulses, brown rice, green vegetables and dried fruit could cut the risk of bowel cancer. People who consume pulses such as kidney beans or lentils at least three times a week reduce their risk of developing polyps small growths in the lining of the bowel which can become cancerous by a third, researchers say.

Daily Mail

2.  9 per cent of 11 year olds own a mobile phone
The Express

The technologically savvy consumer of the future is coming, are you ready? Nearly every 11 year old in Britain now owns a mobile phone, according to research released today. A staggering 93 per cent of 11 to 20 year olds own a mobile handset, of which 23 per cent are expensive smartphones like Blackberrys or iPhones.

The Express

Health & Fitness in the news – 03/08/2011

Exercise and Industry

1. Good vibrations, the revolutionary bike that guarantees a bumpy ride
The Independent

The powerBIKE is a new product from the people behind the popular Power Plate an exercise platform that vibrates at various speeds, adding considerable intensity to stretching and other floor exercises. The bike, the Power Plate people say, combines all the benefits of the plate (improving muscle tone and bone density, for example) with the cardiovascular workout of an exercise bike.

The Independent

2. Secret of a longer life
The Express

Britons can add up to 15 years to their lives by following a simple four step plan, a breakthrough study revealed yesterday. Not smoking, regular exercise, not being overweight and eating a Mediterranean style diet could “substantially reduce” the risk of early death.

The Express

Health & Lifestyle

1. Just watching TV too boring for today’s children
The Telegraph

They text friends during advertising breaks, use MSN or Facebook when their parents are watching an adult programme, or play an electronic game while waiting for their laptop to load up. Health and exercise researchers at Bristol and Loughborough universities, who carried out the research, say campaigns to reduce “screen time” will only ever work if people understand how children now use technology, and why.

The Telegraph

2. Anorexia is not the big issue ruining young lives
Daily Mail

The news this week that children as young as five are being hospitalised for anorexia is clearly a shocking problem that needs addressing urgently. Nevertheless, there’s another issue involving food which is even more urgent, and which is damaging far more than the 2,000 children who’ve needed hospital treatment for anorexia in the past three years.

Daily Mail

British bid for Scarborough ace Neale

SCARBOROUGH’S Mixed Martial Arts star Simon Neale can’t wait to get in the ring for his upcoming British Bantamweight title fight.

Neale, 26, is currently training hard for his clash in Doncaster against current title holder Lawson Tennant from Mansfield.

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is a combination of various different combat skills including boxing and kick-boxing, and Neale has lofty ambitions of one day making it as a UFC fighter.

But he is first placing his attentions on ripping the British title away from Tennant, who he knows will offer up a tough challenge for him.

He said: “I’ve been training really hard for this fight. It is a massive opportunity for me to claim the British title and I’m not taking it lightly.

“I’ve been working on my boxing with Ryan Ashworth and my fitness and conditioning coach Danny Hague, and I am feeling ready to go now already.

“My coach Barry Moran has put in a lot of time with me and I am raring to go.

“I’ve been offered a lot of fights, including offers to go to places like Marbella and Romania, but this is a big fight for me and it one I’m confident of winning.”

Neale is making sure he leaves no stone unturned in his bid to wrestle the title away from Tennant, and he admits he has studied his opponent in great detail.

He added: “I have a video of him that I watch every morning when I wake up. We have a game plan that I am confident will work against him.”

The Scarborough man is itching to get in the ring and get the business done now.

He said: “All the hard work is done for me now. I’ve put a lot into my training and I hope it will pay off for me come fight night.

“He’s got something that I want and I am prepared to run through him to get it off him.

“I just want to get in the ring and do the business now, I can’t wait for fight night to come around.”

Neale believes that his superior stamina will become a key factor in the bout.

Neale added: “My cardio is immense. I’m the fittest I’ve ever been and I’m prepared for the fight to go the full three rounds.

“The aim is to go into the third round and finish him then when he’s tired. If I can’t do that I’ll aim for the points win.”

Neale, who has been sponsored by the Crown Spa Hotel, added: “The Crown Spa have been great with me. I have to say thanks to them for everything.”

Events from 01/08/2011 to 07/08/2011

Dates Events Venue Times
1 Apr-30 Oct Scalby Farmers Market Scalby Parish Hall 14:00
May-Sep Gambar Baines Bowls Centre 10:00
17 Jun-7 Aug Ten Years On’ Blandscliff Gallery
2 Jul-30 Aug Haunted Walks West Pier Car Park 20:00
9 Jul-18 Sep Prints Art Gallery 10:00
23 Jul-29 Aug Pirate Academy Scarborough Castle 11:00
29 Jul-4 Aug Harry Potter 7 Part 2 Hollywood Plaza
29 Jul-23 Aug North by Northeast The Arts Workshops
31 Jul-6 Aug Art Club Exhibition Ayton Villiage Hall
01-04 Aug Carmen Stephen Joseph Theatre 19:30
01, 04 Aug Naval Warfare Peasholm Park 15:00
01-04 Aug Spa Orchestra Scarborough Spa 19:45
01-Aug Spa Orchestra Scarborough Spa 11:00
1-5 Aug Summer Activites Snainton Riding Centre
01, 03, 04 Aug Thoroughly Modern Musicals Scarborough Spa 20:00
02-Aug King of The Keyboards Scarborough Spa 14:30
02-Aug Mayoress’ Community Fund Summer Fair Scarborough Town Hall 14:00
02, 03, 05 Aug Organ Concerts Peasholm Park 15:00
02-Aug Spook Tuesday Rotunda Museum 11:00
02, 03, 06 Aug Summer Spectacular 2011 Scarborough Spa 20:00
02-04 Aug Scarborough Spa Express Scarborough Railway Station 12:45
03-Aug DinoDay Rotunda Museum 11:00
03-Aug Printastic Scarborough Art Gallery 11:00
03-Aug Scarborough evening stroll The Toll House 18:30
Aug Stand Up at The Spa: John Newton Scarborough Spa Complex 19:00
03-Aug The Grumbleweed Summer Show Futurist Theatre 20:00
04-Aug Chuckle Brothers – Barry Potty 2 Futurist Theatre 19:00
04-Aug Good Luck Rotunda Museum 11:00
04-Aug Kite Running Scarborough Art Gallery 11:00
05-06 Aug Dear Uncle Stephen Joseph Theatre 19:30
05-Aug Elegy For A Lady Stephen Joseph Theatre 13:15
05-Aug Jungle Time Scarborough Art Gallery 11:00
05-Aug Plesiosaur Party Rotunda Museum
05, 06 Aug Reelin ‘n’ Rockin Summer Weekend Dance Scarborough Spa
05-Aug The Yalta Game Stephen Joseph Theatre 18:00
05-Aug Them Beatles! Futurist Theatre 20:00
06-Aug Marky and the Mad Dogs Stephen Joseph Theatre 09:30
06-07 Aug Swashbuckling Pirates Scarborough Castle 11:00
07-Aug Sunday Brass/Silver Band Concerts Peasholm Park 15:00
07-Aug Wykeham Acousitc Gathering Downe Arms 15:00