"Mike will do much to raise the Society's profile at what could be a difficult time ahead for the Yorkshire Dales," commented the Society's Secretary, Colin Speakman.
Mike is the author of one of the best walking guides to the Yorkshire Dales, and has a special love of the unique landscape of the area, having lived in the Dales for many years. As a journalist he is an outspoken critic of the many threats to the Dales, from quarries, speculative development, and effects of unthinking bureaucracy to the wholesale destruction of the many superb green lanes by off-road 4x4 vehicles.
"We want to change the Society's image to appeal to younger people, to give it a sharper cutting edge in its environmental work, and to make it more relevant for the twenty first century. Having Mike as our President will do just that," says Colin.
As part of the process of broadening the Society's appeal, on Saturday next (May 15th) the Society is holding a family walk in the Kilnsey area -a three mile stroll with a little bit of scrambling over the limestone to Conistone Pie. The walk will to appeal to the many people with younger children who can't get out on regular Society walks, and whose children are looking for other youngsters to join them. The walk, which is free of charge, will be suitable for children from four years upwards (or younger in a carrier). As an additional temptation there will be free tea and cake at the end of the walk.
The walk will start at Kilnsey Village Hall (close to the Trout Farm) at 2pm on Saturday; free parking at the village hall, or for families without their own transport, ctch the 72 Pride of the Dales bus from Skipton Bus Station direct to Kilnsey or the 1135 no 74 from Ilkley Bus Station change at Grassington.