A NEW Monopoly board game based on the Dales and described as a 'slice of Yorkshire' has been launched.

The Monopoly: Yorkshire Dales Edition game features Dales-inspired tokens, including a slab of Wensleydale cheese and a miniature dry-stone wall in place of the traditional, much-loved Monopoly tokens like the Scottie dog and boot.

Players can also land on Bolton Abbey instead of Mayfair; and on the T&A's sister paper, the Craven Herald, instead of Fleet Street.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Craven Herald square

Jason Bunn, Britain’s only Monopoly world champion, said of the board: “It’s a real slice of Yorkshire.

"I have one of the world’s largest collections of Monopoly editions – more than 300 different themes, from Elvis to the Wizard of Oz, but Monopoly: Yorkshire Dales Edition could very well be my favourite now. The game is a shop window into Dales crown jewels.”

Winning Moves UK - an official Monopoly maker – has produced the Yorkshire Dales Edition board game, under license from Hasbro, a leading toy and game company.

Winning Moves UK makes Monopoly editions for places all over the world, including high-profile tourist places, such as Palm Beach, Dubai, The Hamptons; and now, the Yorkshire Dales.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Yorkshire Dales MonopolyYorkshire Dales Monopoly (Image: Winning Moves UK)

When news of the game was announced last year, people were invited to send in suggestions for landmarks and organisations to be featured in the game.

Bolton Abbey, Aysgarth Falls, Malham Cove, Fountains Abbey, the Devonshire Arms Hotel and Spa – where the official launch took place today  - and Settle Railway Station are among the featured locations.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The boardThe board (Image: Winning Moves UK)

In addition to the squares, all the tokens are customised, so the traditional Monopoly counters have been replaced with a Craven Ram, a miniature of a dry stone wall, a slab of Wensleydale cheese, a pair of walking boots, a cricket bat, and a bicycle.

“The slab of Wensleydale and miniature dry stone wall were almost unanimous choices when we had a public consultation period earlier this year. Both are unique to the Dales, as is the Craven Ram,” said John Keen-Tomlinson, custom games executive at Winning Moves UK.

“We threw in the cricket bat because as we toured the Dales we noticed just about every village, however small, seemed to have a cricket pitch.”

He added: “The response from the public to Monopoly: Yorkshire Dales Edition has been overwhelming. A very big thank you to everyone who sent in nominations and congratulations to everyone featured in the game.”