This issue, we’re happy to offer readers a chance to win one of 10 copies of Yorkshire Dales: A Dog Walker’s Guide to win! On a fine day there is nothing quite so enjoyable for dog owners than getting out into the countryside with their pet for a leisurely walk. Once you get off your home patch, though, it is hard to know where you can walk safely with your dog, and which pubs and cafes will welcome you both.
The 20 circular routes have been designed with maximum off-lead time and minimum exposure to roads and vary in length from 3 to 9 miles. Each walk has information on the distance and terrain, livestock likely to be encountered, number and type of stiles en route and, in an emergency, the nearest veterinary surgery. In addition to the clear, numbered route instructions, each section also includes a matching numbered map, information on how to get to the start, and places of interest along the way.
There are walks through Crummack Dale with its breathtaking views; by the river Ure with its dramatic waterfalls at Aysgarth; through Conistone Old pasture to Conistone Dib with its limestone pavements and scars; beside the tranquil waters of the Thruscross reservoir in the Washburn Valley; around the atmospheric castle ruins of Middleham; along Gunnerside Gill to The Old Working Smithy with its fascinating history; and along the ancient remains of the Roman road to Virosidum at Bainbridge.
Rob Godfrey and his springer spaniel, Charlie, live in West Yorkshire. Rob has been keen rambler for over 40 years and has walked most of the National Parks of England and Wales.