...is a founder of Walkers are Welcome, an initiative in which towns in the region band together to encourage people, young and old, to walk and enjoy relaxed hospitality and good pubs.
What makes mid-Wensleydale such a special place?
It never gets overcrowded. There is a great variety of scenery in a relatively small area from tree-lined rivers running through meadows to craggy hills topped with purple heather. And it has abundant footpaths and bridleways to get you off the beaten track.
Where is your favourite place around here?
The Shawl at Leyburn. It's only the shortest of distances from the centre of the town and anyone can enjoy the spectacular views of Penhill, Coverdale and Addleborough. Whether you are the youngest of walkers or someone in a wheelchair it’s accessible to everyone.
What is the best event to take place in the Leyburn area?
The Food and Drink Festival, set up after the Foot and Mouth outbreak. I volunteer to help out during the three days, it has a great atmosphere and I get a real thrill seeing so many people take away our wonderful local food.
What single piece of information should people have when they visit the area?
Go to a tourist office and buy a walk for 50p which allows you to walk one way and use the bus or train to return. There are more than 40 walks to choose from and it is great value for money.
What’s the best kept secret in the area?
Wensleydale isn’t just about cheese and the town of Hawes. Here, lower down the dale, you can lose the crowds so easily. People have told me in Leyburn they are heading for Wensleydale, not realizing they are already in it and have been for miles!