New walking guide launched for re-opening of Centenary Way

Gazette & Herald: Author John Sparshatt, ranger Ben Jackson and countryside volunteer Mike Barney are joined at Kirkham Abbey by enthusiastic walkers Author John Sparshatt, ranger Ben Jackson and countryside volunteer Mike Barney are joined at Kirkham Abbey by enthusiastic walkers

A new walking guide to some of the most spectacular scenery in North Yorkshire has gone on sale in libraries around the county – and online.

The guide has been produced to mark the official reopening this year of the Centenary Way, which runs from York Minster to Filey Brigg, taking in the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Castle Howard, and Malton.

The Centenary Way was originally opened in 1989 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the creation of the former North Riding County Council.

The route runs from York Minster to Filey Brigg.

The guidebook, which is on sale for £4 in libraries and online through Amazon, was written by John Sparshatt, chairman of the Long Distance Walkers Association and a countryside volunteer for NorthYorkshire County Council.

It can also be downloaded as a free, printable e-book.

“The Centenary Way provides a gateway to walkers, whether they undertake the whole route or try out shorter sections,” said Mr Sparshatt.

“I hope that the new guide will provide easy-to-follow instructions and introduce some new locations that the original route bypassed.”

One of the new sights is Wharram Percy, a medieval village abandoned in about 1500.

The development of the Centenary Way guide has been supported by North Yorkshire County Council, which also maintains much of the public rights of way used by the route.

North Yorkshire has the longest public rights of way network in England, at more than 10,000km, making it the perfect place to start a long distance walk.

More information can be found at www.northyorks.gov.uk

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