The Jerry Pearlman Way
Jerry Pearlman MBE (1933-2018) was a former national Vice President of the Ramblers Association, President of the West Riding Ramblers, the Leeds Law Society, a founder-Trustee of the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust and for 18 years a leading Member of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.
He gave much of his 60 year career as a solicitor in Leeds to protecting public rights of way and access to the countryside. Among his many achievements was crucial work on the drafting of the 2000 Countryside and Rights of Way Act which secured public rights of access to open countryside throughout England and Wales, including the magnificent open fells and moors of West Yorkshire and the Yorkshire Dales.
Jerry lived for many years in Alwoodley, very close to the start of this easy, five mile walk dedicated to his memory, which goes through some exceptionally beautiful countryside within the Leeds City boundary, yet on the edge of his beloved Yorkshire Dales between Alwoodley and Harewood village, therefore linking two aspects of Jerry’s life.
Distance: 5 miles (8km) Allow 2 - 2½ hours
Terrain: Field paths, tracks and traffic free estate roads. Short sections can be muddy after wet weather. Boots or heavy duty trainers recommended. Dogs should be kept on leads especially through the Harewood Estate with livestock.
Grade: Easy – moderate Mostly level but two moderate ascents. Five stiles.
Refreshments: Muddy Boots Café in Harewood village behind Village Hall – open daily until 10am - 4pm. Harewood Arms in village centre on A61 open daily.
Toilets: In café or pub for customers.
Public transport: - bus service: Outward: First Leeds 7A from Infirmary Street, Leeds to The Drive terminus. Mondays-Saturdays half hourly; Sundays hourly. Return: Transdev Harrogate 36 Harewood Leeds – weekdays every 10-20 minutes, Sundays every 20 minutes from bus stop near Harewood Arms inn. Details plus information about other connecting bus services www.wymetro.com.
Parking. Motorists can park (without blocking drive entrances please) close to the junction of The Avenue/The Drive and either return the same way or via Eccup Reservoir Loop (see map); alternatively catch the (frequent) 36 bus from Harewood to Alwoodley Gates for 1 mile walk along Alwoodley Lane to parked vehicle.