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Walkers welcome new route on Three Peaks Challenge
9:00am Sunday 22nd September 2013 in News
Walkers taking part in the famous Three Peaks Challenge in the Yorkshire Dales National Park are coming back with rave reviews of a new section of the route.
A number of leading national charities have held Three Peaks Challenges in the past four months that have attracted several thousand walkers wanting to scale Penyghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in less than 12 hours.
And the majority have given the thumbs-up to an alternative path from Penyghent to Ribblehead Hill that avoids the badly eroded Horton Moor and Black Dubb Moss area and goes instead over Whitber Hill and Sell Gill.
The Whitber route, financed by the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, has a big advantage over Black Dubb because it is far drier – which makes it easier to navigate – and, unlike the old route, there are no stiles to cause bottlenecks at busy times.
As well as providing for the first time a sustainable circuit for people wanting to do the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, the new section has created a shorter route for families from Horton-in-Ribblesdale along Bracken Bottom, up Penyghent and then down the new route and back to the start point.
The Yorkshire Dales National Park’s Three Peaks area ranger, Steve Hastie, who is also the Three Peaks project manager, said: “The latest figures show 86 per cent of people on the Three Peaks Challenge this year used the Whitber route compared with 92 per cent using Black Dubb in 2011.
“It looks like all the hard work that went into creating the new route has been worth it.”
Don Gamble, the trust’s projects development officer, said: “The YDMT is very pleased to have been able to assist the national park authority in its critical role in protecting the Dales landscape.”
The Three Peaks attract around 100,000 walkers a year and the authority is trying to find out how much they benefit the local economy.
Survey details and information about the Three Peaks Project can be found on the website yorkshire dales.org.uk/threepeaks
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