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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.

Project manager Steve Hastie said: “This will be a fantastic day out that will raise much-needed cash for two very worthy causes.

“The footpath network needs a massive amount of maintenance because it copes with more than 100,000 visitors a year. It’s a huge and expensive job to keep it in a good enough condition to be used all year round.

“As well as knowing they are helping us, everyone taking part will be helping research into heart disease and giving people the chance to live healthier, happier and longer lives.

“We have organised routes to suit everyone from experienced, long-distance walkers to families wanting an easy, short stroll. And the day will all be set against the breath-taking scenery of the Three Peaks.

“The hub for the day will be the playing field in Horton-in-Ribblesdale. In addition to the walks, there will be sporting events, stalls and craft activities as well as plenty for the youngsters to do. And everyone will have the chance to congratulate the walkers as they return.”

Bradford Bulls Rugby League star Adrian Purtell – who suffered a heart attack after Bradford’s “Magic Weekend” game against Leeds in 2012 – has since become an ambassador for the charity to help raise awareness of heart disease and generate funds for the prevention, treatment and cure of the illness.

“This is a great challenge in a spectacular part of the Yorkshire countryside and something that groups of friends and family could do together,” he said.

The walks are:

  • Three Peaks Challenge Walk – 25 miles over the summits
  • Valleys Walk – 15 miles up to the iconic Ribblehead and back along the flanks of Pen-y-ghent and Ingleborough
  • Family Nature Discovery Walk – a five km walk along the banks to the river and through Horton village with activities for children along the way.

More information about the events and entry forms are available at

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