Ribblehead station, with Whernside in the distance

Ribblehead station, with Whernside in the distance

A new walkers’ guidebook will help maintain footpaths in the Yorkshire Three Peaks area.

Part of the proceeds from sales of the publication, Dales Rail Trails, will go to the Friends of the Three Peaks, which helps look after rights of way around Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough.

The new guidebook, which goes on sale from next Tuesday, details 32 walks from railway stations on the Settle to Carlisle line.

Authors Tony and Chris Grogan from Saltaire-based publishers Skyware also describe the Three Peaks challenge route, a 39km (24-mile) walk taking in the three fells, and the Six Peaks Trail, double length and which links stations between Settle and Kirkby Stephen.

The book was funded by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s sustainable development fund.

Chris Grogan said: “As corporate members of the Friends of the Three Peaks, we were more than willing to allocate some of the proceeds to the vital work on the path network and we hope that it will benefit walkers for a long time to come.”

The YDNPA’s Three Peaks project manager Steve Hastie said: “This is yet another excellent offer of support from a local business – and the Settle-Carlisle line is the ideal way to access the area.

“Sustainable tourism is at the heart of the publication, so I’m really happy with the link with the Friends of the Three Peaks.”

Malcolm Petyt, the authority’s member champion for recreation management, added: “This is a very generous donation that is very much appreciated.

“It’s good to see that more and more organisations and companies are joining the Friends of the Three Peaks and helping us to conserve and protect this very fragile environment for future generations.”

Dales Rail Trails costs £8.99 and is published by Skyware.

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