John has lived in Wharfedale for 30 years but has been treading the "broad acres" of the Yorkshire Dales for over 50 years and therefore has a vast knowledge of the areas covered in this new book.
The book features five walks from each of the six North Yorkshire Dales – Ribblesdale, Airedale, Wharfedale, Nidderdale,
Wensleydale and Swaledale and John has included walks to suit all ages and capabilities, ranging from short easy four mile walks to much more strenuous walks of up to twelve miles.
A former Scout Leader and founder of The Wainwright Society, John's walking has taken him to many parts of the UK and abroad but he still reckons The Yorkshire Dales is one of the finest walking areas with its vast variety of scenery. For the past four years John has been researching and walking these routes. As well as the route descriptions themselves the book also contains a plethora of historical and local details of the areas that the routes cover.
John has been a regular contributor to Dalesman & Cumbria magazines for the last 20 years. He has also presented, his one-man show, An Evening, with Alfred Wainwright over 30, times to audiences throughout the North of England.
John, who has been married for 36 years, has two grown-up sons and a young granddaughter, who he hopes to introduce to
some of these beautiful walks as soon as she is old enough.