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We aim to find out just how popular the Yorkshire Dales National Park is and why so many visitors go there in their spare time.

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Geography coursework Aims & Objectives Aims We aim to find out just how popular the Yorkshire Dales National Park is and why so many visitors go there in their spare time. We are also going to conduct some experiments to examine specific problems caused by visitors and to find out just how much pressure is put on the moorland environment prior to visitors going to certain places. We are also going to look at the general problems of conflicts and congestion that arises from visitor pressure in a small settlement. Objectives We are going to find out the rate of erosion along the footpath Ground Conditions * Sandy glacial till- Easily eroded * Limestone Rock- Resistant * Peat- Not resistant Gradient *If the land is low flat- People walk side by side *If the land is steep- People walk in single file so the ground is eroded much deeper *Water Flow- erosion control is different on steeper slopes i.e.:- Mini river/Waterfall *Rocky Ground- Doesn't get infiltration *Reasons The main reasons for the above conditions is that there is an attraction like a pretty waterfall or an oddly shaped rock that attract people ...read more.

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Our other aim was to find out the problems that the Tourists and visitors bring. We found out that the main problem is footpath erosion and congestion in the town. These problems are putting pressure on the local councils and committees to keep the park in an aesthetically pleasing manor for everyone to enjoy. The objectives we were studying were erosion along the footpath and ground conditions. The landscape was sandy glacial till, limestone rock and peat and we were trying to find out if they eroded easily. The ground did erode fairly easily, we found this out through various experiments such as infiltration rate and width and depth of the path. At most sites the erosion was obvious with it being bare ground and compacted so no water would be absorbed into the ground. What the effect of the gradient of the land had on people our results show that people on steep slopes are more likely to walk in single file where as on flat land people tend to spread out along the path. ...read more.

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The infiltration showed promising results we got a wide variety of results but we also made the conclusion that water is absorbed more quickly into the ground just off the side of the path. The slope angle of the entire path showed that we were getting steeper and steeper by on average 2 degrees at a time. The width of the path varied it got narrower then expanded rapidly then returned narrow again. The land use transect showed us a variety of shops from tool shops to a Spar, the land use transect showed us a mixture of shops for tourists and locals to use. Traffic management map showed us the different strategies the local council uses to keep traffic congestion to a minimum. The traffic and pedestrian count was to show how busy Hawes is. The questionnaire was set up to give us different views and ideas from locals and tourists, We got a very wide variety of opinions from people. My optional task was the reading of tax discs to get a sense of where people who visited came from. ...read more.

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