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SKYWARE has a number of walks guides and booklets available to download as PDF files for free:

The Jerry Pearlman Way

Jerry Pearlman Way leaflet

An easy 5 - mile walk from Alwoodley, north Leeds, to Harewood, with an optional return route. The walk passes through some exceptionally beautiful countryside within the Leeds City boundary yet on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales.

The walk was devised by the West Riding Area of the Ramblers' Association, who also published the leaflet.

It was produced in memory of Jerry Pearlman MBE, former President of the West Riding Ramblers and an active campaigner for walkers rights. He is perhaps best known for his crucial work in drafting the 2000 Countryside & Rights of Way Act which secured public rights access to open countryside (the "Right to Roam").

The guide leaflet comes with clear directions and an OS 1:25000 map.

The Way is waymarked throughout and easily accessible by public transport.

See more details and download the leaflet here.

Urban Walks in Harrogate

Harrogate Urban Walks booklet

Four local walks in built-up Harrogate: a North Walk, a West Walk, a South Walk and an East Walk.

Each one is 4 to 5 miles in length, ideal for Harrogate residents who would like a good half-day walk. The walks all start and finish at Harrogate Bus Station - visitors to Harrogate may also find the walks of interest.

The walks go along local paths and ginnels, quiet suburban roads and through Harrogate's green spaces. All of the walks are firm under foot, and largely mud-free. This makes them a particularly good choice for a winter walk.

The Harrogate Urban Circle Walk combines sections of each of the four walks into an attractive and varied 10 miles or 6 miles circuit.

Devised by the Harrogate Group of the Ramblers, the route descriptions and maps should enable walkers to navigate the routes without difficulty.

See more details and download the leaflet here.

Dales Rail Trails Outtakes

Dales Rail Trails

These are the walks which, for one reason or another, didn't make it into the final version of the DALES RAIL TRAILS book.

There are several full-day walks of between 9 and 11 miles, including Nine Standards Rigg; The Settle Loop; Long Preston, Langber Lane & Scaleber Force; Long Meg & Lacy's Caves; and Baugh Fell. Each walk starts and finishes at a railway station on the famous Leeds-Settle-Carlisle Line.

For licensing reasons, the maps are much less detailed than those shown in the book. They do not include field boundaries (walls and fences), stiles and gates, other tracks and rights of way, or contours.  You will therefore also need the appropriate OS map - either OL2 - Yorkshire Dales - Southern & Western Area, or OL19 - Howgill Fells & Upper Eden Valley.

See more details and download the leaflets here.


The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge Route

Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge outline guide

The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge - climbing Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent and returning to the starting point in a continuous circuit – is a tough undertaking. Covering 24 miles, with a total ascent of over 1600 metres, completing in under 12 hours is considered a good achievement.

There is no official route or starting point, though the most popular route begins and ends at Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Ribblehead, with it’s early morning rail service, makes a better starting point. Whernside is climbed first, then Ingleborough, then Pen-y-ghent. Finally there’s a seven-mile hike over Horton Moor to Ribblehead to finish.

This outline guide includes clear instructions to the route. The outline map is not sufficent for route finding, so it should be used alongside a detailed 1:25,000 scale map, such as the Skyware Route Map Guide (£2.99) or OS Map OL2 - Yorkshire Dales - Southern & Western Area.

See more details and download the leaflet here.

50 Years of the Dales Way

50 years of the Dales Way

50 Years of the Dales Way celebrates the first 50 years of one of our most popular and cherished long distance trails.

The Dales Way through the Yorkshire Dales to the Lake District is now one of Britain’s most popular and best-loved long distance walks. This booklet traces the extraordinary story of how the enthusiasm, determination and dedication of a small group of Ramblers 50 years ago turned their vision into reality.

Beautifully illustrated with over 60 full-colour photos, including some rare and exclusive historical images, this special limited souvenir edition will be of interest to walkers everywhere.


See more details and download the booklet here.