In May’s Dalesman, which will be on the shop shelves this week, is this historic photograph showing an important group of walkers planning the Pennine Way back in 1948. Tom Stephenson (third from right) had dreamt up the idea of a walk across the backbone of England in the 1930s but the route didn’t actually open until 1965. A stark contrast then to the 104-mile White Rose Way walking trail which has just been launched at South Bay at Scarborough – the finish of the trail trail which starts in Leeds City Square. The brainchild of retired police officer Paul Brown, it took him just a year to plan. The route passes through Harewood, Wetherby, Boston Spa, Tadcaster, Fulford, Kexby, and Stamford Bridge before heading into the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty via Kirkham Abbey. From there the walks leads into Malton and Thornton Le Dale before traversing the North York Moors National Park to Harwood Dale, Cloughton and along the clifftops into Scarborough. Details on

To run alongside the Dalesman art exhibition at The Folly (continues until July 1) former editor Bill Mitchell gave a talk on Friday evening about the early days of the magazine. It’s always good to be in Bill’s company and despite ‘knocking on a bit’, to use his own phraseology, he was in sparkling form. He’ll be giving a similar talk on June 15 and I recommend you contact The Folly (01729 822361) to book a seat.

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