High hopes for technology opening up Dales

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Walkers are being urged to take advantage of the latest technology and stretch their legs in some of Yorkshire’s finest countryside over the festive period.

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) launched an app for iPhones containing information to help plan a visit to the Three Peaks earlier this year. Now the authority has released an Android version in time for Christmas to encourage more people to get out and about and take in the views from the top of Penyghent, Ingleborough or Whernside – or even all three.

Karen Griffiths, YDNPA’s interpretation officer, said: “The iPhone app has proved to be really popular and we have had some excellent feedback on it.

“The Android version will mean the massive amount of information it contains will be there for more people.

“It costs £1.99 and all the money from the sales will be spent on maintaining the rights of way network – which copes with around 100,000 visitors every year – as part of the Three Peaks Project.”

As well as containing 1:50,000 OS maps of the Three Peaks Challenge and alternative routes for each peak, the app has maps and links to route descriptions for mountain bike rides.

It also has information on places of interest including geological and archaeological sites and 360° panoramas from the summits.

The iPhone and android versions of the Three Peaks Yorkshire app can be downloaded through www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/y3peaksapp

The development of the Three Peaks Yorkshire app was made possible through cash from the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) – a group of businesses in the European outdoor industry that raises funds to put directly into conservation projects worldwide. The £25,100, grant was secured by Clapham-based charity Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust on behalf of the YDNPA.