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Pub grub and page-turners helping Yorkshire Three Peaks

Posted 12 October 2012
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Pub grub and page-turners helping Yorkshire Three Peaks
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The Yorkshire Three Peaks is a hugely popular mountain challenge and maintaining footpaths in the area costs plenty of money, but fortunately people can eat and read their way to funding such work.

Local pub the Lion Inn, based in Settle, established a meal called the Butcher's Board, with 15p from the sale of each platter going to the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority Three Peaks Project, which was established in 2009 to help with the upkeep of paths.

It meant hungry walkers coming in after a day's walking could enjoy a hearty meal and help with the paths and 1,600 meals later, manager of the pub Ian Pilcher has handed over a cheque to the national park authority.

He said: "I think it's really good to support a local organisation that conserves the area.

"Most of our customers come to walk in the Three Peaks and the menu choice proved very popular. We'll do the same again over the coming winter."

Nor is it just on the peaks themselves that people love to go walking. The national park is full of mountains and valleys and public transport access to them is provided by the Settle to Carlisle Railway, famous for its scenic vistas and architecture.

Tony and Chris Grogan of Saltaire-based publishers Skyware decided that their bookDales Rail Trails should be used to raise some money to help with the upkeep of places it promotes.

The guide features 32 routes from stations on the line, as well as the Three Peaks route and also the Six Peaks Trail, which links up with the line between Settle and Kirkby Stephen.

Although the book only went on sale earlier this year, the pair have been able to hand over a cheque for £200 to Friends of the Three Peak, a National Park-supported body that helps maintain the local landscape. 

Chris Grogan said: "It has only been on sale since the spring so we’re hopeful that we can make further contributions."

Walkers using the line can access a number of peaks from the stations along the route. For instance, walkers alighting at Garsdale could cross the valley and climb Baugh Fell (2,224 ft) and Wild Boar Fell (2,323 ft).

The latter currently lies outside the national park, but will be brought within its boundaries if the proposed boundary extensions go ahead.