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Appleby Summer Pudding

Summer Pudding
Appleby Castle venue

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 festivities.

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 castle.”

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.

See The Summer Pudding 2016 website here.

13 August 2016

National Park extended

On Yorkshire Day - Monday 1st August 2016 - the area of the Yorkshire Dales Northern Howgills now inside the Yorkshire Dales National ParkNational 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 it.”

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.

See the extended Yorkshire Dales National Park here.

2 August 2016

Westmorland Dales Day

The Westmorland Dales are celebrating their inclusion in the newly extended MallerstangYorkshire 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.

See walk details here and a full events list here.

26 July 2016

New Friends newsletter

The new annual newsletter from the Friends of A Dales High Way (FDHW) is now available to download.

Rick Hill (BMDC) and Friends on the 2016 surveyThis 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 July 2014.

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 County Council.

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 example."

Download the 2016 e-newsletter here (pdf).

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.

Cobbles reinstated on Victoria SquareThe 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 section.

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.

See our previous posting here

1 July 2016

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