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Virginia was born and brought up in Pateley Bridge in the heart of Nidderdale, North Yorkshire. Her family have lived here for generations and she has a real sense of identity in this place. Walking in the local environment was at the heart of her childhood and she has many affectionate memories of this. However, as a teenager she had no desire to stay and even as an adult never thought she would want to live there again. It was only when her Dad was ill and she went home by herself, that she rediscovered the places of her childhood and became open to the 'pull' and 'the sense of belonging' she has when there.