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Ride2stride great success

The 2016 Settle-Carlisle walking festival - ride2stride - attracted record numbers R2S at High Cup Nick - John Woodof walkers to Dales High Way country, despite some very varied weather.

Over 100 walkers turned up for the festival launch at Settle railway station on Tuesday to join one of three walks. Dr. David Johnson was "gobsmacked" to find 50 walkers on his geological and archaeological trail from Settle to Feizor Thwaite.

The Friends of A Dales High Way sponsored a tour to Appleby Castle on the Wednesday, along with the Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line (FoSCL), which attracted over 40 people and had to be split into two groups. The tour was enjoyed by all and is likely to be repeated in the future.

Friday saw the exciting finale of the first stage of the Tour de Yorkshire cycle race at Settle, and on Saturday some 800 runners faced a challenging climb over snow capped mountain tops on the annual Three Peaks Fell Race from Horton-in-Ribblesdale, passing through Ribblehead and Chapel-le-Dale.

Diane Taylor of the Festival committee said: "It's been a fantastic week.

"We have had a lot of returners this year - people who come very year -and they tell us it is the combination of the fantastic Yorkshire Dales and the fact that they can leave their cars at home to access the walks by train, and end each day with live music, that brings them back".

Photo shows High Cup Nick (photo courtesy John Wood).

See Ride2stride here, and the Craven Herald report here.

6 May 2016

Ride2stride 2016 gets underway

Ride2stride 2016 - the fifth Settle-Carlisle Walking Festival gets underway on Craven herald R2S featureTuesday with three walks leaving Settle station at 10 o'clock after a brief welcome.

These are the first of 30 free guided walks over the week. There are also 3 talks and seven nights of music to be enjoyed.

A tour of Appleby Castle on Wednesday morning is also included this year. There is a small charge of £5 for this, with the event being sponsored by the Friends of A Dales High Way and led by the Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line (FoSCL).

To liven up the weekend, Friday sees Settle hosting the finish of this years opening Tour de Yorkshire cycle race. And on Saturday the 62nd annual Three Peaks Fell Race sees a thousand runners set off from Horton-in-Ribblesdale for the 24-mile marathon.

“We love being part of Ride2stride," said David Singleton, of the Friends of the Settle Carlisle Line. "We lead walks from the Settle Carlisle line all year round and Ride2stride gives us a chance to meet new people and introduce them to the area. It’s a showcase of the best of what’s happening in the Yorkshire Dales and Eden Valley."

This week's Craven Herald includes a detailed feature on the festival, alongside a feature on A Dales High Way long distance trail.

See Ride2stride here; the Tour de Yorkshire here; the 3 Peaks Fell Race here, and the Craven Herald ride2stride feature here, and the Craven Herald Dales High Way feature here.

24 April 2016

Arriva take over Northern rail network

Train operators Arriva North took over the 9-year franchise to run trains on the Alex Hynes of Arriva Northernnorthern network this month - including the world famous Settle-Carlisle line.

Passengers who didn't know might be forgiven for not noticing any changes - yet. With most existing staff transferring over to the new company and the same rolling stock being used initially, it will be some time before the promised improvements become apparent. Rebranding will be the first of the changes rolled out.

The Department for Transport's specification includes a guarantee that the existing Leeds-Carlisle service will continue for the length of the franchise, plus two extra Sunday services from 2017 and an extra late afternoon departure from Leeds from 2019.

The biggest changes will come elsewhere on the network, with the complete overhaul of the existing fleet of the widely-unpopular pacer trains by the end of 2019 promised, with an investment £400 million in 281 brand new carriages.

Other wholesale changes set to be introduced by 2019 include the introduction of more than 2,000 services a week, a near-40 per cent increase in capacity on trains and an improved ticketing scheme. The total cost of the improvements is set to be £1.2 billion.

Launching the new franchise on April 1st, Alex Hynes, managing director of Northern, said: “Today is the day we begin to deliver our plans for the exciting next phase of Northern and each and every one of the team is focused and determined to deliver for customers.

“Investment is exactly what customers wanted and we are looking forward to achieving major improvements before the end of the decade.”

See the new Northern website here.

16 April 2016

Ingleborough Crowd Funding Appeal

The Yorkshire Dales National Park is taking part in a crowdfunding appeal to help restore a section of path to the summit of Ingleborough.

Swine Tail IngleboroughThe route up Swine Tail at the northeast end of the summit is shared by both Dales High Way walkers and those tackling the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge.

Three Peaks ranger Steve Hastie said: "Approximately 60,000 walkers complete the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge each year, at a conservative estimate raising five million pounds for charitable causes. Every one of them walks over the Swine Tail, the last climb before reaching the iconic summit of Ingleborough from the north.

"Over the years this path has become very badly eroded and a wide scar now blights the side of arguably Yorkshire’s finest mountain, making walking unpleasant and undermining the local ecology.

"We have tried several path construction techniques over the years, including coconut matting, stone pitching and cobbled steps. But the sheer pressure of use and several wet winters meant none of them have been effective, and the topsoil continues to be lost.

"The only technique we have found to be sustainable on the very heavily used stretches of the Yorkshire Three Peaks is the use of stone flags. In recent years a number of flagged sections have been installed on the route, leading to restored vegetation and a more sustainable long-term walking surface.

"On the Swine Tail we aim to install 325 metres of stepped stone flags and restore a further 500 square metres of eroded ground. We will work closely with Natural England to ensure maximum benefit and minimum disturbance."

The 'Mend our Mountains' crowdfunding appeal is being run by the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) to raise money for environmental projects on some of Britain's most iconic peaks. Skyware Press, who publish the Dales High Way guide books, are supporting the appeal by offering signed copies of their latest guidebook Heart of the Pennine Way as rewards.

The whole Ingleborough massif is a Special Area of Conservation with European importance and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It is also of significant archaeological interest, with the remains of an ancient hilltop sanctuary on its summit.

The Campaign runs until May 9th.

See the "Mend our Mountains" - Yorkshire Dales campaign here.

UPDATE: Chris Grogan will be giving a presentation on A Dales High Way to a meeting of the BMC Yorkshire Area on Monday 11 April at the Wheatley Arms in Ben Rhydding at 7.30 p.m. Members of the public are welcome.

See more details of the BMC's "Celebration of Hill Walking in Yorkshire" here.

2 April 2016

Julia at Malham Cove for ITV

"Holy shit. Malham Cove is amazing" - so tweeted Julia Bradbury on the early morning of 10 September 2015.

Juila Bradbury at Malham CoveA walk to Malham Cove, taking in Janet's Foss, Gordale Scar and a chunk of A Dales High Way is just one of eight of Julia's best Walks With A View which is currently showing on ITV on a Friday night.

Julia, well known as the popular presenter of BBC's Wainwright Walks and Countryfile, has picked out a family-friendly trek that can easily be done in a morning or afternoon. The series will take you up hill and down dale, along valleys and coastal paths, across rivers and streams, and through fields and woodlands.

The Malham Cove walk features lots of local interest including Town End Farm Shop, River House Hotel, Beck Hall, Hill Top Bunk Barn & Annabelle Bradley of Malham Smithy.

Julia said; "Best Walks with a View has been a very different experience for me because I put on the hiking boots as a mother of three, something I still can’t quite believe. After my little boy, Zephyr, was born four years ago, I had this deep longing to give him a brother or a sister – pretty much as strong as the urge to become a mother in the first place. I was 40 when I gave birth to Zeph and Number Two proved to be a bit more difficult to achieve. However, after a tricky ascent and a few stumbles along the way, I am now the proud mama of twins, two girls, Zena and Xanthe.

"I have often been curious about families heading up into the hills with a horde of kids in tow, especially as soon I’m going to be one of those parents. And the magnificent walks featured are suitable for families and are less than 16km (10 miles) in length. Some have particularly personal resonance, as I walked them with my dad when I was a child, and now I look forward to walking them with my own children, probably with dad in tow."

The TV series is accompanied by a book, which is called Unforgettable Walks and is published by Quercus, costing £16.99. The Malham walk is shown on ITV Friday, April 1st, 8 p.m.

See Julia Bradbury's own website here, and catch up with the ITV series here.

12 March 2016

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