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Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Stunning route for trampers, mobility scooters and wheelchair users

A new circular walk suitable for trampers, mobility scooters and wheelchair users has opened in the North York Moors National Park. Much of the 5.3 mile route takes in stunning views from the Cleveland Way National Trail.

Easier access ... the viewing platform at Sutton Bank.
Starting at the iconic Sutton Bank National Park Centre, renowned for ‘the finest view in England’, visitors can enjoy the outstanding views across the Vale of Mowbray to the distant Yorkshire Dales. It also takes in some of the Cliff Bike Trail so sightseers can appreciate winding and meandering through the woods and across the fields.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

When it comes to a good visitor experience, Ryedale walks it

The district council has joined forces with digital walking guide business, iFootpath, to devise and map four walks from each of Ryedale's market towns.

The 20 walks are described, photographed and mapped in detail and can be downloaded and followed using an app on smart phones, or printed.

Best foot forward from Pickering Castle: councillor Cowling, Claire Sharp, Richard Jemmett and Bobbie from iFootpath, Craig Nattress, visitor economy officer and Mr Inman, winner of a £20 voucher prize for suggesting several walks in the area.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Best foot forward: walking app maps out the joys of Helmlsely

Businesses keen to get more visitors discovering beautiful Helmsley and the surrounding area on foot have teamed up with the district council to launch an app.

Five local walks have been developed, based on hints and tips from Helmsley in Business members, which can be downloaded from the iFootpath app. Once downloaded, there's no need for a mobile signal. The walking guides include maps, photos, written instructions, a suggested time requirement, details about access and a difficulty rating. The app is Apple and Android compatible.

Each walk starts and ends in the Ryedale town, this year's holder of the Great British High Street’s Best Market Town Award, and include the details of long stay parking for visitors. The walks are also available as free downloadable documents on the Visit Helmsley website and as print outs at the town’s visitor information point at the Cut Price Book Store.

The five Helmsley walks currently mapped out are:

  • Helmsley and Beck Dale (six and a half miles)
  • Helmsley and Riccal Dale (eight miles)
  • Helmsley and Rievaulx Abbey (seven miles)
  • Helmsley and the River Rye (four miles)
  • Helmsley Discovery Trail (one mile)
Carolyn Frank, chairman of Helmsley in Business and owner of Libby Butler Jewellers, said: “We’re delighted that the council took up our suggestion of creating these wonderful walks, and that they are now going to be available to visitors in a variety of easy to access ways.

"It means that both enthusiastic or hobby walkers can come and perhaps explore a new route they’ve never tried before.

"We have had great feedback from Ryedale residents already, who didn’t know about these ‘hidden’ paths, and we hope that it means more people can enjoy the beautiful walks we all love in Helmsley. There are of course many more that have not yet been mapped, but these are a great start to get to know the town and its surrounding area."

To access the walks as PDFs or for more information about Helmsley go to

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Walking festival organisers go the extra mile with bumper programme

Two walks using one of the world’s fastest growing and most effective fitness techniques have been added to this year's Rosedale Walking Festival programme.

Nordic walking instructor Jill Allen checks out the routes
ahead of June’s festival. Photo by Tony Bartholomew.

Nordic walking sessions for beginners and more experienced walkers will feature on the weekend of 25 and 26 June.

Participants can choose from a selection of eight different walks over the weekend, including a meander round the local teashops, a Pilgrims’ Way walk, a short ramble for families with young children, and walks focusing on the rich wildlife and history of the dale.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

A heart-felt plea to hit the iconic Dales and Peaks for charity walking

Get yer boots on! That's the call as the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority teams up with a national charity this summer to stage a Day in the Dales – a fund-raising walking event centred on the iconic Three Peaks.

Letting their feet to do the talking: Adrian Purtell (right)
with Three Peaks Ranger Josh Hull
 in front of the Ribblehead Viaduct. Photo by Heart Research UK.
The national park's Three Peaks project team is working with Heart Research UK to stage some sponsored walks on 18 June with all money raised being split between the charity and the vital work of caring for the footpath network around  Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough.

Yorkshire-based Heart Research UK is charging a modest registration fee that will cover the cost of organising checkpoints and water stations run by experienced staff and volunteers on both the Valleys and Three Peaks routes.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Walking festival organisers about to get into their stride again

Get your boots on! That's the message as the North York Moors national park gets ready to launch its second walking festival.

Best foot forward ... a guided walk in the national park.
Photo by Brian Nicholson.
The series of guided strolls and hikes will shed light on the beauty spots, heritage and wildlife of the area during the three-day event.

Following the success of last year’s inaugural WalkFest, the national park has lined up experts to lead 13 guided walks, each with a different theme, over the Spring Bank Holiday from Saturday 28 - Monday 30 May.

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Share a Ryedale route for fellow walkers

Calling all walkers who love to put their best foot forward in picturesque Ryedale!

Do you have a favourite route from a town in the district? If you do, the local tourism team, Visit Ryedale, wants to know about it.

The team is working with digital walking guide business iFootpath to create  walking guides from the five market towns  Malton, Norton, Pickering, Kirkbymoorside and Helmsley. The guides will include all the best features of traditional guide books with turn-by-turn directions, nice photography and rich information about the history and the environment. Four walks of up to six miles from each town including linear routes using public transport will be created.

The guides will then be available on the iFootpath iPhone or Android App and visitors will be able to follow their real-time progress with a GPS powered live map and even add comments and ratings. Each walk will be printable and provided at visitor information points throughout the district.

The project is part of the Ryedale Market Town initiative, to encourage visitors to stay longer and spend more in and around the towns.

Walkers with a favourite route are invited to send a brief description and map and contact details  to visitor economy officer Craig Nattress or post to Ryedale House, Old Malton, YO17 7HH by 31 March. One walk will then be picked at random to win a £20 voucher at a Ryedale outdoor equipment retailer.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Walkers can now say thanks by hitting the trail with donations

The Cleveland Way.
A new donation scheme has been set up to support the work of the country's national trails including the Cleveland Way and Yorkshire Wolds Way.

Fans can donate as much or as little as they like directly to whichever one they like at Eighty per cent of cash will support the chosen trail with improvement works, with 20 per cent funding the cost of providing the website.

Malcolm Hodgson, trail officer for the Cleveland Way and Yorkshire Wolds Way said: "The trail teams are very excited by this new opportunity.

“We get great feedback from our National Trail users, who tell us how much they have loved the experience of walking on our trails. We hope some will want to give a small donation to help us to develop projects to make our trails even better and to tell more people about them.”

Friday, 13 November 2015

Best foot forward as national park hosts trails volunteers gathering

Seeing the sights ... two of the delegates
who took part in the weekend.
The spectacular North Yorkshire landscape was the backdrop to an event share best practice about national trail volunteering.

The North York Moors National Park and Cleveland Way Partnership hosted the weekend at Whitby's Larpool Hall. Thirty-five people from nearly all the trails across England and Wales attended.

Malcolm Hodgson, of the North York Moors National Park said: "It was great to meet and share ideas with so many dedicated volunteers. Their hard work ensures our national trails are in a superb condition for the enjoyment of everyone."
Delegates blew away the cobwebs by taking part in walks from Whitby to Robin Hood’s Bay and the historic Ravenscar circuit and on to Hayburn Wyke.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

This trail's simply got no stile

The Yorkshire Wolds Way, a 79-mile walk from Hessle on the Humber estuary to North Yorkshire's Filey Brigg, has become the first stile-free national trail.

The announcement was made as North Yorkshire County Council removed the final stile, near the village of Muston, close to Filey.

Sixteen have been removed in the past two years from the 36-mile stretch of the walk that runs through North Yorkshire. The work was completed with the help of a grant from Natural England.

The aim has been to make the walk as accessible as possible to more people.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

As you hike it! Group raises vital funds for Three Peaks footpath conservation

Best foot forward ... the fund-raising gets under way.
Photo courtesy of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.

Staff at the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority together with friends, family and volunteers have raised more than £3,000 to help look after the iconic landscape.after walking the peaks of Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen-y-ghent. 

The success has prompted the group to organise another event next summer. 

Fifty people of all ages and levels of fitness set out in near perfect weather to tackle the 24-mile route in under 12 hours while another six aimed to summit Pen-y-ghent. 

Money raised will go towards the upkeep of the footpath network around the Three Peaks, which is used by 100,000 people every year.

Friday, 26 June 2015

Ryedale leaflet is route to great day out

The best routes for rides and rambles in the Howardian Hills now feature in a leaflet for visitors.

The leaflet is being made available by the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Ryedale District Council, Castle Howard, Nunnington Hall and the Yorkshire Arboretum.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Best foot forward for walking festival

Organisers of the third Rosedale Walking Festival this weekend (13 and 14 June) are promising something for everyone. There's a choice of a leisurely stroll with a cup of tea and cake at the end of it, a wildlife or history ramble, a tougher hike following the spiritual way of the pilgrims, with a bit of meditation thrown in, or a gentle treasure hunt for youngsters.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Span-tastic! Bridge re-opens to walkers, cyclists and horse riders

Making the cut ... county council chairman councillor Tim Swales
 cuts the ribbon to open the repaired bridge.
A bridge that provides an important crossing over the Wharfe for walkers, cyclists and horse riders is back in action.

Monday, 18 May 2015

On yer hike! National park steps out with first walking festival

Best foot forward ... the walking festival will get under way from Friday. 
Photo courtesy of Brian Nicholson.
The North York Moors National Park stages its first-ever four-day walking festival from this Friday (22 May).

WalkFest offers walks for all ages and abilities, including walks guided by experts in their field, navigation workshops, geocaching and self-led trails.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Repair work makes popular riverside route a walk in the park

Walkers in Wensleydale can keep their footing more easily on a flood-damaged riverside path, thanks to work by Yorkshire Dales national park authority and and members of the Dales Volunteers.

Lady Hill after the repair work.
The stretch along the Ure between Askrigg and Aysgarth was in need of urgent repair, according to Paul Sheehan, the authority’s access ranger for Lower Wensleydale.

He said: “The footpath near Lady Hill had become increasingly impassable over recent years due to flooding and erosion.

“It was in a right state and we had to create a new walking surface above the flood-line.”

Monday, 5 May 2014

Floral bells that ring out for springtime

The North York Moors National Park has published details of a new walk to celebrates a familiar springtime sight – the appearance of carpets of sweet-scented bluebells in woodlands.

Photo by Mike Kipling.

The five-mile circular route from Grosmont to Beck Hole, in the Esk Valley, runs through shady woodland that provides perfect conditions for the common bluebell, or Hyacinthoides non-scripta. The flower is native to western Europe, with the UK boasting more than half of its population.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Forests challenge will give dog owners paws for thought

A Forestry Commission campaign is urging dog owners to walk their pet every day during Walk Your Dog Week. The initiative has the backing of some of the UK’s top dog charities.

It is estimated 35 per cent of UK dogs don't get daily supervised exercise and that one third of pets are overweight as a result of their owners' sedentary lifestyles. According to the Kennel Club, the government’s recommendation that people should get at least 30 minutes of exercise every day could be achieved on a daily dog walk , so people are being urged to match this during their excursions with their pet.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Stroll on! Plenty walking in Hambleton

Hambleton residents are being urged to get on their feet and discover the wonders of walking during the Ramblers biggest ever free short walks festival from 3-10 May.

During Get Walking Week, Hambleton Strollers will offer local folks free short walks to help develop and maintain a happier and healthier lifestyle.

Walks will take place at Great Ayton, Northallerton, Easingwold, Stokesley and Bedale.

Further information: contact Paul Fisher on 01609 7771624 or email

Friday, 28 March 2014

Paws-ibly a great day out in the forests for dogs and their owners

Help is being unleashed for dog owners and their four-legged friends with the launch of Forestry Commission England’s Ruff Guide to the Forest.

The guide is a one-stop-shop for owners and their dogs looking to take a break in and around forests and woodlands which include North Yorkshire's Dalby Forest and Guisborough Forest.