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Yorkshire guiding business invites walkers to a walk in the dark

A Yorkshire mountaineering and guided walk business is inviting walkers to enjoy a Bonfire Night experience like no other by getting their boots on for a Night Hike through the Yorkshire Dales. 

Northern Guiding, based in Leeds, is preparing to take participants booking its Night Hikes up either the highest, or second highest, peaks in Yorkshire, delivering a serious night-time buzz for any corporate client requiring a challenge. 

On November 5, the Northern Guiding team will be allowing ‘night owl’ walkers signing up for this nocturnal experience to explore what Northern Guiding has dubbed the ‘Floor de Yorkshire’, with the help of their expert night-time vision and the odd torch! 

The walk through the dark will start in Ribblehead, the location of the incredible 104-foot-high Ribblehead Viaduct, with its 24 arches, completed in 1870 after the loss of many workers’ lives.   

The final destination of walkers will be Whernside – the whaleback-shaped mountain that is the tallest of Yorkshire’s famous ‘Three Peaks’ and the highest point in North Yorkshire and the historic West Riding, at 2415 feet (736m).  When at its summit, a walker is on the border with Cumbria. 

Those too busy setting off rockets on Bonfire Night may prefer to book for a second Night Walk with Northern Guiding, which will take place on November 19. 

This ‘Floor de Yorkshire by dark’ experience will start in Ribblehead again, but this time head to Ingleborough the second highest mountain in the Yorkshire Dales at 2372 feet (723m). Iron Age huts inside an ancient walled enclosure have been found at this peak’s summit and are probably referenced in Ingleborough’s name, since burh was an Old English name for ‘fortified place’.  

Head of Northern Guiding, Mark Killala, said: “We appreciate that walkers are seeking unusual, memorable and challenging walks these days and nocturnal ‘peak-bagging’ certainly suits their criteria.  We are looking forward to interpreting part of the ‘Floor de Yorkshire’ by night and giving participants an experience they will never forget.”


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