An organisation set up to help protect the iconic Three Peaks of the Yorkshire Dales National Park has celebrated reaching a double milestone.
Not only has the Friends of the Three Peaks group reached its first birthday, but it has also just topped 200 individual members
And to celebrate, a group of enthusiastic members went on a walk over the three hills before meeting at the Station Inn at Ribblehead.
The group – launched by Calendar Girl Angela Baker last year – was created as part of the Three Peaks Project set up by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA). It was formed to provide a way for individuals or organisations to commit to longer-term support for the Authority’s work in the area through annual donations that are ring-fenced for work on and around the Three Peaks.
Three Peaks Project Manager Steve Hastie said: “The group has seen steady growth in membership and, if you add in all the corporate and charity supporters, the number exceeds 250.
“The support coming in for the work of the National Park Authority in the Three Peaks is fantastic to see but we still have many challenges in the current economic climate if we want to see the progress we’ve made looking after the paths continue.”
Staff and volunteers from the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority organised walks over all three summits, with a saunter round Ribblehead on offer for those who preferred a more leisurely celebration.
National Park Authority member and Friend Dr Malcolm Petyt, who joined the Ingleborough walk, said: “"We are delighted that membership is continuing to grow. It was good to meet a number of Friends to celebrate our first birthday. I was in a group that enjoyed an exhilarating walk in ideal conditions, and we saw some of the work that the Three Peaks Project has done over the past year."
Station Inn owner and corporate Friend, Allan Shutt said; “We very much enjoyed welcoming the Friends to the Station Inn and being part of the celebrations. We are lucky enough to be right in the middle of the mountain range and regularly meet lots of visitors who travel here to enjoy the hills. The work of the Three Peaks Project is very important to the area.”
For more information on the Friends of the Three Peaks group visit the website http://www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/threepeaks