Oct 18, 2008

WAlking guidebook raises £250 for woodland scheme


Sales of "Walking Weekends: Yorkshire Dales" by Mark Reid raises another £250 for Donate to the Dales scheme

Mark Reid's popular walking guidebook Walking Weekends: Yorkshire Dales has recently been reprinted for a second time since its launch two years ago – and with a percentage of profits going to the Donate to the Dales scheme, this means another £250 towards conservation projects in the Yorkshire Dales.

 Walking Weekends: Yorkshire Dales brings together all of the right ingredients for a weekend of great walking in the Yorkshire Dales in a single book – traditional country pubs, attractive villages, historical information and superb walks.

 Another £250 raised for 'Donate to the Dales' scheme

This guidebook promotes sustainable tourism as it gives something back to the local area. For every book sold Mark Reid gives a percentage of the profits to the 'Donate to the Dales' scheme, which helps fund local conservation projects within the Yorkshire Dales National Park. This £250 will be donated towards a woodland project in the Yorkshire Dales.

So far, sales of Walking Weekends: Yorkshire Dales have raised £500 for the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, who manage the Donate to the Dales scheme.

 "All of my 'Walking Weekends' and 'Inn Way' guidebooks feature this pay-back scheme with a percentage of profits going towards conservation projects in the respective national park. To date my books have raised £1,200 for various conservation projects in the Yorkshire Dales, Peak District and Northumberland national parks. I firmly believe that you should add more than you take. By buying these books and then undertaking any of the walks, you are not only benefitting from great exercise, fresh air and wonderful landscapes but you are also making a positive contribution to the future of our National Parks by boosting the local economy whilst also making a donation towards conservation projects." explained Mark Reid.

Boost the rural economy

Walking Weekends: Yorkshire Dales encourages people to stay at a local country pub for a weekend and then use it as a base from where to explore the surrounding countryside on foot. This then has direct benefits for the rural economy with people staying, eating and drinking locally. Walking has very little environmental impact with no cars, traffic problems or pollution, just a pair of boots, Mark's guidebook and the next pub to get to! This guidebook features 30 circular walks from 15 villages throughout the Yorkshire Dales, which makes it the ideal companion for a weekend break.

"I'm absolutely delighted that my Walking Weekends book is bringing people to the Yorkshire Dales to discover its wealth of unspoiled pubs, beautiful villages and stunning landscapes in a positive and environmentally friendly way. It's great that I can also share some of its success and give money to local conservation projects within the National Park" explained Mark Reid.

"Walking is a great way of exploring as it allows more time to experience the countryside at a gentle pace. And after a long day on the fells, there is nowhere better to relax, recuperate and recount your day's adventures than in a traditional Dales pub." added Mark.  

Sustainable tourism is the only way forward to ensure that this wonderful landscape is preserved and enhanced for future generations.

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