Work to preserve Dales landscapes

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BUSINESSES based around the famous Three Peaks in the Yorkshire Dales are being the chance to use 21st century technology to help promote their enterprise.

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority is co-ordinating a drive to promote the Friends of the Three Peaks, a group being set up to help maintain paths and bridleways.

An event is being staged on November 6 at The Traddock Hotel in Austwick for corporate members of the Friends group and authority officers will be highlighting a new phone app launched last month. Interpretation officer Karen Griffiths will give a presentation on the app and the information it contains and explain how businesses can benefit from it.

The authority’s member champion for recreation management, Nick Thwaite, said. “Thousands of people – both residents and visitors – walk the Three Peaks every year. As well as being a nationally-important landscape, it has huge economic value and we all need to help look after it. Supporting the Three Peaks Project is one way of doing this and the number of businesses involved with it shows the willingness to work together to everyone’s benefit.”

The event will showcase the work the Three Peaks Project has achieved in the last year to conserve the landscapes around Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent. Successful schemes include completing the Whitber link between Pen-y-gent and Ribblehead, which has already proved popular with walkers. A £30,000 grant from the European Outdoor Conservation Association helped finance the work, after a bid was submitted by the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust.

The event in November is also open to organisations or businesses not yet corporate members to allow them to find out more about the Three Peaks Project. Anyone wanting to book or to find out more can email or call Steve Hastie or Kathryn Storey on 0300 456 0030.