With the North York Moors offering gentle strolls, day-long loop routes and multi-day long distance paths, we’re absolutely
thrilled to be recognised as being Walking Friendly by the North York Moors National Park! On our door-step we have open moorland, sea cliffs, dales and forests to explore! I thought I’d take the time to answer a few questions about what walking friendly means.
What have we done to be recognised as being Walking Friendly?
There’s two parts to this. The first part is that we offer services, advice and support to people wishing to enjoy the National Park. This is in the form of guided walks, introductory navigation training, navigation coaching and expeditions. The second part, is that we demonstrated that we exceed the criteria of the National Park. Some of this relates to what we do- that we offer the above for example. But also, a promise that we will work with other tourism providers who offer are also walking friendly- such as pubs, cafes, B&Bs and transport providers! We also needed to demonstrate that we can safely offer walking activities!
What are we doing now that we are Walking Friendly?
Well, this has actually motivated me to do more! Think we will do a few things:
- Continue to offer navigation training, including the National Navigation Award Scheme
- To offer a range of day-long and evening navigation coaching workshops, as well as some night navigation training
- To plan regular guided walks- including gentle ambles, moderate half-day wanders and more strenuous day-long routes
- To arrange a 50 miles in the 50th Year programme, so we can walk 50 miles of the Cleveland Way, over a series of weekends to celebrate the 50th years of the national trail
- To organise a series of walks so that we trod the entire 109 miles of the Cleveland Way in small manageable sections each year!
- To liaise with other Walking Friendly to build a network of advice and guidance for people enjoying the North York Moors!
- To offer advice and guidance, as well as suggested routes via social media for people to digest
What other information is available?
When you scratch the surface- there’s quite a lot! As well as the content that we will be sharing via the website and blog, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and the links above, there’s the North York Moors National Park’s Walking webpage– with lots of links. As well as the interactive map with activity providers, places to eat and drink and retail outlets.
So, you’ll have to watch this space for more information. In the meantime, please share your favorite walks and venues- as well as any requests you have as to what you’d like to see!
Oh, and this was me last weekend! With the iconic Roseberry Topping in the background.