Lockdown has brought plenty of stress and misery but there have been a few positve aspects and one is that more people have discovered the joy of walking in Yorkshire. When all there was to do was take a daily walk, scores of people trooped past my window to follow the finger posts pointing them to the usually quiet public footpath that leads into the field behind my house. It was a joy to see and for all those who plan to keep up the walks or do more walking, I thought I’d share one of my favourite books – by Hallewell Pocket Walking Guides.
One of the reasons I love the Hallewell pocket walking guide to Malham and The Three Peaks is that it is small, 4ins x 6ins, and weighs barely anything. It is pocket size but, amazingly, this little paperback packs a big punch with 23 walks, ranging from short strolls to long hikes. The detailed descriptions of the route are also excellent and the book is just £2.99 from pocketwalks.com
If you’re a beginner or have young children then the Stainforth Waterfall Walk, two miles and taking in a waterfall, might be a good one to try. If you are feeling more adventurous and energetic then one of the Three Peaks might suit you. If you do try one of the peaks then check the weather as they can be dangerous if a mist descends. Take plenty of food and water whatever the weather. If you get to the top, the rewards are tremendous.