I was hoping that the end of February would herald in some better walking weather but it wasn’t to be. Better weather for me doesn’t necessarily mean warmer – I don’t mind wrapping up well. No, I want the kind of days where you can see for miles, when you don’t feel hemmed in by mist and low cloud; days when you can really appreciate the beauty of the Dales.
In March’s magazine we highlight some of the county’s walking hot spots and we have a special photo feature on the Pennine Way which I hope will tempt you out of winter hibernation and onto the footpaths of Yorkshire.
Photo: Pennine Way looking back over Ingleborough and Ribblehead Viaduct
Last year the Wharefdale Fell Rescue Association and the Cave Rescue Organisation benefited from the proceeds of the Yorkshire Rural Awards, organised by Dalesman (see the website If you know of a worthy community project deserving of a cheque from this year’s event then let us know. Drop an email to And don’t forget, there’s still time to nominate people who you think deserve one of this year’s awards… see the above website for categories – the closing date is March 4.

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