Thousands of runners and walkers are expected to head to the Yorkshire Dales this May for a new trail and walking festival, organised by Run For All, Jane Tomlinson’s legacy organisation.

The Yorkshire Dales Festival on May 31 will give walkers and runners of all abilities the chance to explore the national park.

Centred on Settle, the festival features five mile and 16 mile trail runs along with five, 16 and 26 mile walks on routes taking in places such as Ribblehead Viaduct, Malham Cove and Malham Tarn.

The festival is being organised to encourage people to take on new challenges in 2020 whilst exploring some of the region’s scenery.

Tristan Batley-Kyle, head of events said: “We wanted to get people out enjoying the Yorkshire Dales, promote active lifestyles and encourage an appreciation for the natural beauty that surrounds us – all whilst raising funds for a number of amazing causes.

“The festival has been designed to ensure anyone and everyone can take part, from experienced runners and ramblers, to complete beginners, individuals, friendship groups and families looking for a new adventure.
“We’ve worked closely with the local community to make this an event they can be a part of and feel really proud of – so we hope they’re as excited as we are for what is set to be a fantastic festival!”

The event will be open to entrants to fundraise for any charity of their choice but the official partner charity for this year’s event will be the Jane Tomlinson Appeal with funds going towards the charities OWLS Bereavement service.