New bunk barns for Ingleborough section
The introduction to A Dales High Way Route Guide says,
“Accommodation is generally plentiful except at Chapel-le-Dale”.
Thankfully this is no longer the case and walkers now have the
choice of pub, B&B, campsite or bunk barn accommodation.
This year has seen the opening of two new bunk barns, one at
Broadrake which is directly on the route of A Dales High
Way on the path between Chapel-le-Dale and Blea Moor
signal box. The other, Gauber Bunk Barn, is on the roadside just
after the Ingleborough alternative at Ribblehead.
|Broadrake (above) and Gauber (below)
These days Bunk Barns are not the rough and ready accommodation
some people might imagine. These two certainly aren’t.
Broadrake Bunk Barn is run by Mike and Rachel Benson and opens
for guests on July 1st. It’s a beautifully converted agricultural
building attached to their old farmhouse. From the entrance hall a
wide, glazed staircase leads up to a large open plan room complete
with the original exposed beams. There is a kitchen area in one half
and a lounge with comfy sofas in the other. There is a small snug
off this room with a sofa and bookcase; there is also an upstairs
toilet. It’s not all dormitories either. There are 2 four-bedded
rooms and 2 twin rooms at Broadrake and Rachel says, “We can provide
lifts for the footsore down to the local pub where the food is
excellent. DIY breakfast provisions are included for Dales High Way
guests’ use and hot breakfast baps and packed lunches can be
provided by arrangement.”
Gauber Bunk Barn is also very attractively renovated and sleeps
12 in three separate rooms, one of which has a double bed. Logs are
available for the wood burning stove and the owners Jon Radda and
Katie Hawkins provide bedding, towels and a basic breakfast for just
£21 per person per night. The lively Station Inn at Ribblehead is
just 10 minutes walk away for Dales High Way walkers looking for a
pint and an evening meal.
Katie told us, "Dales High Way walkers can be assured of a warm
welcome at Gauber Bunk Barn. Surrounded by stunning views and
situated right on the Dales High Way alternative route we offer
excellent facilities, warm, comfortable bunk rooms and a cosy
24 June 2016
Ingleborough path repair target success
The Mend Our Mountains crowdfunding campaign run by the
British Moutaineering Council (BMC), which ran through March, April
and May, succeeded
raising more than the £100,000 target towards urgent path repair
projects on some of Britain's most iconic peaks.
The specific campaign to repair the Swine Tail approach to
Ingleborough on the route of A Dales High Way,
raised an additional £2,460 above the target of £10,000. The path
also lies on the route of the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge route.
Steve Hastie, Yorkshire Dales National Park Ranger for the Three
Peaks area, said: "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
"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 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 was supported by Skyware Press, publishers of the
Dales High Way guidebooks, who donated 10 signed copies of their
latest Heart of the Pennine Way book as rewards, raising
£300 towards the total.
Dave Turnbull, the Chief Executive of the BMC, thanked supporters
of the campaign, telling them: "Thanks to your help we smashed our
target, raising almost £104,000 in total. This is a fantastic result
and an indication of the depth of affection which many walkers,
climbers and outdoor users feel for the environment and their
willingness to help maintain it.
"The support of Skyware Press both helped us to offer compelling
rewards to backers and showed that Mend Our Mountains had the
support of recognised brands, businesses and adventure providers,
essential prerequisites for the success of a campaign like this."
Chris Grogan of Skyware Press and Friends of A Dales High Way,
gave a well received presentation of the long distance trail to a
meeting of the BMC Yorkshire Area on 11 April in the middle of the
campaign. She said "We're really thrilled to have been able to
support this campaign in this way. Ingleborough is such an iconic
mountain and climbing it is one of the highlights of A Dales High
Way. We need to do all we can to look after it."
12 June 2016
Appleby Horse Fair 2016
The 2016 annual Appleby Horse Fair got underway yesterday with
travellers and tourists flooding the Cumbrian market town in bright
The town, which is still recovering from the devastation of the
winter floods, welcomed the visitors which swell the towns
population from 2,500 to an estimated 30,000.
RSPCA staff removed about half a tonne of dangerous debris from
the River Eden at the spot popular for the washing of horses,
including gates, fence posts and rusty farm equipment last week.
RSPCA chief inspector Rob Melloy said on Wednesday: “It could
have been a real danger to horses and people. It is something we
usually do before the Fair starts, which I’m not sure people
realise, but this year we wanted to put extra emphasis on it given
the recent floods. We’re expecting the weather to be good for this
fair, and it’s likely there will be a lot of horses, and people, in
the water, so we’re doing another sweep today. Of course anyone
going into the water does so at their own risk.”
Dr Robin Hooper, Chair of the Multi Agency Strategic
Co-ordinating Group (MASCG) for Appleby Fair said yesterday:
“Appleby Fair starts in earnest this morning with Fair Hill opening
and once again I would like to praise the Gypsy and Traveller
community for listening to our appeal not to arrive too soon for
this year’s Fair. The number of early arrivals has reduced again
when compared to last year, with initial numbers down by about 10%.
The lower number of motorised caravans arriving early helps
minimises the impact of the Fair on rural communities and allows
more grazing for bowtops as they make their way to Appleby."
The fair is an important community gathering and is believed to
be the biggest in Europe. Most of the travelling community camp on
Fair Hill above the town, bringing their horses down to the river to
These days the fair is a generally well managed affair, though
there is still a touch of the wild west about the whole spectacle.
3 June 2016
OS map coverage complete
The entire route of A Dales High Way is
now available on current OS maps in
shown as a Recreational Path.
The full route covers five OS maps, though most of the route is
found on just two: OL2 - Map of Yorkshire Dales - Southern &
Western Area, Whernside, Ingleborough & Pen-y-ghent; and
OL19 - Map of Howgill Fells and Upper Eden Valley.
Most of the first section across Rombalds Moor can be found on
Explorer 297 - Map of Lower Wharfedale & Washburn Valley,
Harrogate & Ilkley Moor.
The start of the route at Saltaire is shown on Explorer 288 -
Map of Bradford & Huddersfield, East Calderdale.
A very small section intrudes into OL41 - Map of Forest of
Bowland Pendle Hill, Clitheroe & Settle, though most walkers
will manage without this map.
A Dales High Way was born in 2007, with the first official
guidebook published in 2008. Initial waymarking of the route was
completed in July 2013 and the entire route appeared on OS digital
maps in March 2014, thanks to the support of all the local
authorities along the route, including Bradford District Council,
North Yorkshire County Council, the Yorkshire Dales National Park
authority and Cumbria County Council.
The route began to appear on printed maps as they were updated,
with the first being OL2, the Yorkshire Dales Southern & Western
areas in August 2014.
25 May 2016
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