THOUSANDS are expected to head to the Yorkshire Dales this May for a new festival.

The Yorkshire Dales Festival - on Sunday 31 May - features 5 and 16 mile trail runs, along with 5, 16 and 26 mile walks, on routes that pass through countryside and iconic landmarks such as Ribblehead Viaduct and Malham Cove.

It has been organised by Jane Tomlinson CBE's legacy organisation, Run For All - Tristan Batley-Kyle, Head of Events, said: "The festival has been designed to ensure everyone can take part, from experienced runners and ramblers to beginners, individuals and families looking for a new adventure."

Mike Tomlinson, Jane's husband and Run For All CEO, said: "Whether people are first time trail runners or regular visitors to the area, we hope the weekend encourages them to take on a challenge."