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Take a walk around Ryedale's Market Towns

Ryedale District Council has teamed up with digital walking guide business, iFootpath, to devise and map four walks from each of Ryedale's market towns - 20 walks in total. The routes are described, photographed and mapped in detail and to make it even easier, they can be downloaded and followed using an app on smart phones, or printed out.


"The project aims to help our visitors to discover the beautiful countryside around the five Ryedale market towns, whilst also encouraging stops at attractions, cafes, pubs and shops along the way." said Cllr Linda Cowling. "Encouraging visitors to stay in the area for a longer time, spend more and to enjoy each of the towns are key parts of the Ryedale Market Towns Promotion Project."

RyedalePickeringCastleEach walk begins in one of the market towns – Helmsley, Kirkbymoorside, Pickering, Malton and Norton-on-Derwent – and there are routes to suit all abilities, from shorter discovery trails to longer countryside rambles. The walks are mapped via GPS meaning it is easier than ever to avoid wrong turns. Walkers can download and print the PDF guide for free or download the iFootpath App, which gives a smarter walking experience with live GPS-powered maps that show your progress as you walk. The App is for Apple and Android devices and costs a one-off price of £1.49, giving access to hundreds of walking guides in the UK.

"Local people suggested their favourite walks for us to choose from," said Richard Jemmett of iFootpath, "We spent three weeks in Ryedale whilst researching the walks and discovering the area, finding great scenery and views, friendly cafes and pubs and history and heritage around every turn. Our dog, Bobbie, joined us as well to test out the walks from her point of view!"

See the full range of walks in the iFootpath Visit Ryedale Collection at The walks, each with a map and full turn-by-turn directions, are also available from the website and will be available free of charge at the Visitor Information Points in Helmsley, Pickering and Malton and the library in Kirkbymoorside and Norton on Derwent

(Photo taken at Pickering Castle, with left to right, Cllr Linda Cowling, Claire Sharp, Richard Jemmett and Bobbie from iFootpath, Craig Nattress, Visitor Economy Officer and Mr Inman, winner of a £20 voucher prize for suggesting several walks in the area)

27 July 2016


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The length of our walking guides is given in miles and rounded to the nearest full mile (whole number) for simplicity. For short walks (of less than 2 miles) or walks that have a length that ends in .5, a more accurate walk length may be given in the first section of the walk introduction. For example, the Length in the header may be listed as 6 miles, and the introduction may confirm that the exact length of the walk is 5.5 miles. The walk length is calculated from the GPS file that was created by the walk author GPS tracking the walk whilst walking, using the iFootpath App GPS Tracker, meaning it is very accurate. Our bespoke tracker is particularly detailed and plots a walkers position about every 10 seconds. The tracker is calibrated to match two other reputable map and walking sources, Ordnance Survey and Nike. As with all standardised walk and map lengths, the distance does not take account of hills and slopes, just the distance you would measure using a piece of string on a flat map version of the terrain, so hilly walks will feel longer than stated. If you track the route using another GPS App or Tracker App or Fitness Device, you can expect the distance you record to be different due to different calibrations. This is particularly true of those Apps and devices that count your motion and steps – these can only guess the distance you have travelled with each step and so are much less accurate.

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