APPEALS for help to maintain some of the most famous rural footpaths in the region have been issued by the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Leaders say it costs £28 per metre on average to maintain the paths of the Three Peaks; Whernside, Ingleton and Pennyghent. The paths are in constant use particularly by fundraisers and through special walks such as the Three Peaks Challenge. The park authority says it relies on donations to ensure maintenance work is carried out on the paths.

It is asking people to donate through the online shop or directly through the park's website Contributions are also taken from the car park charges at Horton and Clapham.