Ride2stride great success
The 2016 Settle-Carlisle walking festival - ride2stride
- attracted record numbers
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
"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).
6 May 2016
Ride2stride 2016 gets underway
Ride2stride 2016 - the fifth Settle-Carlisle Walking
Festival gets underway on
with three walks leaving Settle station at 10 o'clock after a brief
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
This week's Craven Herald includes a detailed feature on
the festival, alongside a feature on A Dales High Way
long distance trail.
24 April 2016
Arriva take over Northern rail network
Train operators Arriva North took over the 9-year franchise to
run trains on the
network this month - including the world famous Settle-Carlisle
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
12 March 2016