THOUSANDS of runners and walkers are expected to head to the stunning Yorkshire Dales this May for a new trail and walking festival.

The Yorkshire Dales Festival on Sunday, May 31 will give walkers and runners of all abilities the chance to explore the splendour of this breath-taking National Park.

Centred on Settle, the festival features 5 mile and 16 mile trail runs along with 5, 16 and 26 mile walks on routes taking in charming villages, outstanding countryside and iconic features such as Ribblehead Viaduct, Malham Cove and Malham Tarn.

Organised by Jane Tomlinson's CBE legacy organisation Run For All, the festival is being organised to encourage people to take on new challenges in 2020 whilst exploring some of the region’s most stunning scenery.

“We wanted to get people out enjoying the Yorkshire Dales, promote active lifestyles and encourage an appreciation for the natural beauty that surrounds us – all whilst raising funds for a number of amazing causes," said Run for All head of events Tristan Batley-Kyle.

“The festival has been designed to ensure anyone and everyone can take part, from experienced runners and ramblers, to complete beginners, individuals, friendship groups and families looking for a new adventure.

“We’ve worked closely with the local community to make this an event they can be a part of and feel really proud of – so we hope they’re as excited as we are for what is set to be a fantastic festival.”

Like all events that Run For All host, the events will be open to entrants to fundraise for any charity of their choice but the official partner charity for this year's event will be the Jane Tomlinson Appeal with funds going towards the charities OWLS Bereavement service.

Tickets have gone on sale this week for the event via the website