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Facelift Completed on Centenary Way

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3:57pm 23rd July 2013

An 83-mile walk through some of Yorkshire’s most spectacular scenery has been given a new lease of life and officially re-opened. 

The Centenary Way was 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 taking in the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Castle Howard and the historic market town of Malton.

Whilst the landscape remains timeless, John Sparshatt, chair of the Long Distance Walkers Association and a countryside volunteer for NorthYorkshire County Council, felt that the route should be rejuvenated for the 21st century. 

“The Centenary Way provides a gateway to walkers, whether they undertake the whole route or try out shorter sections,” he said.  “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 new 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 over 10,000km, making it the perfect place to start a long distance walk. 

County Councillor Chris Metcalfe, Executive Member for Countryside Services at North Yorkshire County Council said:  “The Centenary Way offers a tremendous opportunity for both local people and visitors to explore some of the finest countryside England has to offer.”

David Shields, Welcome to Yorkshire’s Area Director for North Yorkshire, said: “The new Centenary Way guide is a fantastic resource for walkers, allowing them to explore Yorkshire’s countryside and to sample some of the great local produce we have on offer in our cafes, pubs and restaurants along the way.  We hope it attracts walkers from across Yorkshire and beyond.”

The guide book is now available online in a free, printable e-book format at www.ldwa.org.uk/strider/public/centenary_way.  Printed and bound copies are available at the not-for-profit price of £4 (incl. P+P) by contacting 01609 532512 or paths@northyorks.gov.uk.  Payment will be taken by credit or debit card over the phone and a receipt issued.


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