Appleby Summer Pudding
There is just a week to go until a brand new boutique summer
festival is staged as part of Appleby’s fightback from the
after-effects of Storm Desmond last
December. It will be held in the spectacular surroundings of the
medieval Appleby Castle from 12 noon on Saturday 20 August 2016.
Expect a quality day of retro vibes, vintage markets, live
music, street entertainers, funfair, free children’s activities
followed by an After Party featuring the chart-topping Sam and the
Womp, The Correspondents and Gypsy Hill. Camping is available.
Walkers finishing A Dales High Way on
the Friday may wish to stay over an extra day to enjoy the
Appleby-in-Westmorland was very badly affected by flooding in
December 2015, ruining houses, businesses and livelihoods. Eden Arts
were approached by a group of Appleby residents who wanted to put
together an event to help the town recover. So they threw around some
ingredients and The Summer Pudding was the outcome.
Adrian Lochhead, Director of Eden Arts, says, “It’s hard to
describe how excited we are about this fabulous new summer festival,
which is a great addition to Cumbria’s events calendar.
“We’ve handpicked a huge range of street performers and live
music acts to make this the biggest party Appleby has ever seen.
With nostalgic family fun throughout the day and a more intimate,
edge feel to the evening gig, it has all the ingredients to bring in
visitors not only from Cumbria, but from across the North of England
for a unique day out against the backdrop of this epic fairytale
The festival takes place on Saturday August 20th, from 12pm - 7pm
for the Daytime event, 6.15pm - 11.30pm for the After Party. Adult
tickets range from £10 to £20, with children starting at £1. There
are generous discounts for local residents.
13 August 2016
National Park extended
On Yorkshire Day - Monday 1st August 2016 - the area of the
Park was officially extended by a quarter, taking on huge swathes of
land in Cumbria and parts of north Lancashire.
The expansion will see it take on a extra 161 square miles of
upland landscape and move it within touching distance of the Lake
District National Park which is also expanding.
To the north, the Dales will now include the limestone-terraced
plateau of Great Asby Scar and the northern Howgill Fells, the
distinctive Wild Boar Fell and Mallerstang, and the settlements that
surround them. To the west, the National Park covers the fells of
Casterton, Middleton, Barbon and Leck.
The route of A Dales High Way crosses
the entire length of the newly extended National Park.
Chairman of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, Carl Lis
said: “I’m eternally grateful for the extraordinary work so many
people have put in to make today a reality. “
“For the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, the hard work
starts now. But through our passion for this special place, working
alongside local people and businesses, we will ensure it remains a
thriving area: its unique cultural landscape will be treasured for
its stunning scenery, exceptional heritage and wonderful wildlife,
and every year millions of people will be inspired to be a part of
The National Parks contribute £4bn to the UK economy each year
with tourism responsible for 13 per cent of rural employment and 10
per cent of rural businesses.
Mark Corner, from the Yorkshire Dales Society, said: “We’re very
excited, we have been working on this for many years and campaigned
and lobbied wherever we can. Some of the boundaries were picked on
an arbitrary basis in the 1950s, so to join it up makes an awful lot
of sense. It now should be on everyone's bucket list."
Andrew Sells, chairman of Natural England said: “This is a
momentous day for the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District National
Parks, as well as for the wider family of protected landscapes.”
Natural England first suggested the extensions in 2009, with a
public inquiry launched in 2013. After hearing more than 3,000
representations of which only 220 were objections, it was
recommended the extensions be approved.
2 August 2016
Westmorland Dales Day
The Westmorland Dales are celebrating their inclusion in the
Dales National Park.
A day of events in Kirkby Stephen, which becomes the northern
gateway to the Yorkshire Dales, takes place on Sunday 31st July.
There will be a series of guided walks from the town before a
Celebratory Ceremony which will be held in the Parish Church,
Welcome to the Westmorland Dales with guest speaker John
Dunning and music from Kirkby Stephen Silver Band.
Kirkby Stephen Town Council is working with partners Howgill
Harriers, Kirkby Stephen & District Walkers are Welcome, British
Cycling and Cumbria Classic Coaches to offer free organised runs,
walks, cycles and coach trips around Kirkby Stephen and the northern
extension of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Breakfast is being sold by the Nateby Women’s Institute at the
Masonic Hall from 9am and may be booked with your walk if you are
interested before departing for your walk. Afternoon tea is
available from 1.30pm to 4pm.
Ann Sandell, chair of the Kirkby Stephen and District Walkers are
Welcome, said: “We are delighted that these parts of our beautiful
area have been recognised and we look forward to welcoming everyone
on Westmorland Dales Day or at any time.”
Walks are free but booking is essential.
26 July 2016
New Friends newsletter
The new annual newsletter from the Friends of A Dales High
Way (FDHW) is now available to download.
year's newsletter focuses on the detailed Route Survey undertaken by
the Friends, which aims to highlight any problems with access or
waymarking along the 90-mile trail.
The survey concluded with a walk of the very first section from
Saltaire to Addingham with a group from the FDHW and Rick Hill - a
member of Bradford Metropolitan District Council's Rights of Way
department. This proved particularly useful, and adds to other
similar route walks with rangers from Cumbria County Council in
October 2012 and rangers from the Yorkshire Dales National Park in
Copies of the Survey report have been sent to each of the four
authorities which are responsible for sections of the route:
Bradford Metropolitan District Council; North Yorkshire County
Council; the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and Cumbria
The newsletter also features the imminent extension of the
Yorkshire Dales National Park, which will take in most of the
northern end of the trail, leaving three quarters of the route
within the National Park.
Other features include accommodation updates, the Mend Our
Mountains campaign, news round-up and an excellent article on the
increasing popularity of A Dales High Way
by the celebrated rural campaigner Colin Speakman; "The Yorkshire
Dales are increasingly recognised as an international destination
for sustainable tourism, of which A Dales High Way is an outstanding
12 July 2016
Cobbles reinstated in Victoria Square
The original cobbled square on Victoria Road, Saltaire, bounded
by four lions, is being reinstated as a final part of a £720,000
restoration scheme. Victoria Square, as it was once known, is the
starting point for A Dales High Way.
restoration scheme, which is now nearing completion, has seen the
whole pedestrianised length of Victoria Road reflagged with Yorkstone, with new
lamp posts, bins and signage installed.
More controversially, a number of trees planted in the 1950's
were removed, opening up the vista down Victoria Road as it was
originally when built by Sir Titus Salt.
Another aspect of the Victoria Square Setts Scheme, as it is
called, will be better disabled access across this part of the road
with near-level access between road and pavement along the central
A council spokesman said the setts would improve the appearance
of the area, making it appear more like a public square again and
complement the setting of the surrounding listed buildings.
A combination of new and reclaimed setts has been chosen to
reflect the historic sett design elsewhere in Saltaire and also to
provide good colour contrast for people with a visual impairment and
smoother access for people with mobility impairments or those using
buggies, he said.
Bradford Council Deputy Leader Coun Val Slater said: “We ask
businesses, residents and visitors to bear with us while the work is
carried out but we are sure that any short-term disruption to
traffic will be well worth it in the end.
“The UNESCO World Heritage Site Saltaire is a wonderful asset to
the Bradford district and it is our responsibility to make sure that
we make the best of it for now and the future.
“We are sure that the improvements to Victoria Road will be fully
appreciated by everyone.”
Work is expected to take six weeks.
1 July 2016