WALKERS who tend to hang up their boots for winter at this time of the year are being invited to carry on hiking in the Yorkshire Dales - and let the bus take the strain.
Winter walking can be dangerous for non-expert ramblers so the Yorkshire Dales National Park and its partners have arranged a series of guided walks all of which link up with local bus services in the national park and neighbouring Nidderdale.
A new pamphlet is being published containing details of 35 free guided walks. Called Winter Walks in the Yorkshire Dales, it encourages hikers to leave their cars at home and to travel to the starting points by public transport, taking advantage of the Dales Bus Discount Scheme which offers savings for ticket holders at many shops, cafes and other businesses.
A list of participating businesses - which display a discount sticker in the window - is available on the website www.traveldales.org.uk
Kathryn Storey, sustainable tourism officer for the national park, explains: "The leaflet contains walks for every level of fitness. They range from 3.5 miles to 12.5 miles and cover some of the most beautiful areas of the Yorkshire Dales - and they are completely free.
"We hope people will forget the car for the day and take advantage of public transport to travel to the Dales."
The leaflets, which also contain details of bus routes and timetables, are available at selected tourist information centres, national park centres, park Information points and in libraries, bus and train stations. For your free copy, contact Hawes National Park Centre on 01969 666210.