A 90 mile walk across the glorious high country of the Yorkshire Dales
A Dales High Way Walk: a 90 mile walk across the glorious high country of the Yorkshire Dales

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Whernside path repairs in new appeal pitch

Fans of Yorkshire’s Three Peaks are being asked to support a new campaign to raise money for the repair of a hugely popular footpath on the county’s highest mountain.

Bruntscar path to Whernside summit

Pitch in for Whernside has been launched by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA), as part of the British Mountaineering Council’s national Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million fundraising campaign. 

The aim is to raise £46,000 to re-build the severely eroded Bruntscar path on Whernside.

The route of A Dales High Way passes through Bruntscar as it skirts the eastern flank of the iconic mountain, with many walkers choosing to take the optional route from Bruntscar over the summit.

Kate Hilditch, YDNPA Area Manager responsible for the maintenance of rights of way on the Three Peaks, said: “Bruntscar is the main descent off the summit of Whernside. The steepest section is particularly susceptible to damage and the path is becoming increasingly eroded, undermining the local ecology and creating an ever-widening scar on Yorkshire’s highest hillside.

“In its current condition the path is extremely difficult to use, causing people to walk off route, which in turn is causing additional erosion on the adjacent slope. The scale of the task is huge given Bruntscar’s remote location and steep conditions. 

“People love Yorkshire’s peaks. But with more people than ever enjoying what they have to offer, the paths take a great deal of skill and money to maintain.  The Mend our Mountains campaign is about inspiring walkers everywhere with a positive message about the need to look after the places we care about.”

It’s the second time the two organisations have worked together to support the Three Peaks, which are walked by tens of thousands of people a year – many of them raising money for charity.

Last year a total of £17,042 was raised to pay for flagging on the Swine Tail path on Ingleborough. 

See the Mend Our Mountains "Pitch in for Whernside" campaign here. See our previous posting here.

20 Nov 2017

Yorkshire Dales Trails

A Dales High Way features in October's issue of The Great Outdoors as part of an intriguing long distance walk put together by writer Vivienne Crowe.

Hazelgill Knott in TGO magazine

"Have you noticed how long-distance paths have multiplied in recent years? Our landscape is criss-crossed by trails." she writes. "Put two trails close together and they seem to breed.

"An idea was forming in my head. I'd been looking for a route that would immerse me in the Yorkshire Dales. With only four days to spare, I didn't want to spend half a day at either end messing around on public transport. A circular route starting and finishing in Kirkby Stephen, served by the Settle-Carlisle railway, started to take shape."

Vivienne then sets out her circular route combining sections of five of Northern England's finest trails. She sets off from Kirkby Stephen to follow the Coast to Coast path up to Nine Standards Rigg and on to Keld. Day two sees her walking the Pennine Way south across Kisdon Hill and Great Shunner Fell to Hawes.

She follows Lady Anne's Way west over Cotter Riggs on Day three, then picks up the Pennine Journey on to Cautley, at the foot of the eastern Howgill Fells. Her final day sees her climb up onto the Howgill ridge to pick up A Dales High Way north to Brownber, finally rejoining the Coast to Coast path back to Kirkby Stephen.

Vivienne is an award winning freelance writer who has written several walking guide books, including the Settle to Carlisle Way.

Our own Skyware Press publish guides to four of the five featured trails: A Coast to Coast Route Guide; Heart of the Pennine Way; Lady Anne's Way and A Dales High Way.

See The Great Outdoors here and the Skyware Press routes here. See Vivienne Crowe's own website here.

4 Nov 2017

Community Archive Project on display

Freinds of the Dales Community Archive Project Open Day

The Friends of the Dales held an open day last weekend to showcase progress on a huge digital archiving project called Capturing the Past.

Over the past 18 months a team of local volunteers, with help from the County Record Office, has been working with a number of local history groups and individuals to help them digitally record a vast amount of historical material held in private archives that have not previously been publicly accessible.

So far 16 archives comprising over 800 documents have been recorded and digitised covering parishes around Ingleborough and this material is all now available to search and view on a purpose built website.

The team’s work will continue until March 2018, by which time it’s hoped that over 20 archives containing around 2000 items will be available on the website.

Archives include the Bill Mitchell collection - a set of drawings made by the former Dalesman editor of many aspects of the local landscape, its buildings and farming features.

The Lawkland archive is typical of the original material discovered and contains parish records dating from the 18th Century, including those of the poorhouse serving local parishes such as Austwick, Clapham and Horton in Ribblesdale.

Capturing the Past is a two year project run by the Friends of the Dales (brand name of the Yorkshire Dales Society). Part of Stories in Stone, a major programme of conservation and community projects concentrated on the Ingleborough area, the scheme was developed by the Ingleborough Dales Landscape Partnership, led by Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

See the Friends of the Dales website here, and the Yorkshire Dales Community Archives website here.

28 Oct 2017

Right To Roam success celebrated with plaque

The passing of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act (CROW Act) of 2000, was celebrated earlier this month by the unveiling of a blue plaque at the North Yorkshire hamlet of Stalling Busk.

Stalling Busk plaque unveiled

The plaque, on a cottage alongside the old school house,  celebrates the Stalling Busk Conference of August 1996, where a group of Ramblers’ campaigners met to plan a new ‘Access Bill’ - the culmination of a 60-year campaign for the right to roam upland mountain, moor, heath, down and common land.

The proposed bill was eventually taken up by the then Labour government in March 1999 and passed into legislation the following year. Now over 3 million acres in England and Wales are classed as Open Access Land.

Although most of the route of A Dales High Way follows public Rights of Way, some sections rely on Open Access Rights to follow other well-walked tracks - such as the northern ridge across the Howgill Fells.

Jerry Pearlman, the Ramblers’ former honorary solicitor who hosted the conference, said: “We needed somewhere quiet, somewhere where we could think carefully about what we were proposing.  Stalling Busk was the perfect place for that.  The conference focussed minds and generated momentum. It was an important occasion and means much to the Ramblers.

“Future generations will decide whether the right to roam is a good or necessary thing.  I think it can be seen as one of the greatest changes in English land law that ever took place.”

See the West Riding Ramblers website here.

19 Oct 2017

HF offer guided Dales High Way holiday

HF Holidays are set to offer guided walking holidays along A Dales High Way as part of their exciting new programme for 2018.

HF Holidays guided walks

The popular walking charity and co-operative society offer a comprehensive range of walking holiday packages at both home and abroad.

HF are offering two opportunities to walk A Dales High Way next year, in May and September. The holiday packages include full board accommodation at two of the charity's top quality country houses - Newfield Hall in Kirkby Malham and Thorns Hall in Sedbergh.

Transport to and from each day's walk is included, together with packed lunches and baggage transfer between venues. The walks are led by an experienced and approved walk leader.

The holiday includes 10 nights accommodation, with the walk itself split into 9 days of between 7 and 12.9 miles. The walk is set as Level 4 (of 5), described thus: "In moorland areas you may cover long distances in remote countryside and the terrain will often be rough underfoot. In mountainous areas you will encounter some sustained ascents and descents and occasional sections of scree and some steep ground."

Each year some 60,000 guests travel with HF Holidays. HF says of its Guided Trails: "All our holidays are accompanied by an experienced leader and include luggage transfers and walks transport enabling day after day of carefree walking. By the end of your holiday, you’ll have achieved a huge sense of achievement so lace up and begin your trail or island hopping adventure!"

Founded over 100 years ago as The Co-operative Holiday Association, HF says: "After a century of changes, the ethos at the heart of our holidays is still the same as in 1913 - beautiful locations, great leaders and pleasant sociable evenings with congenial company."

See HF's Dales High Way offer here. See other walking holiday companies here.

1 Oct 2017

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Appleby TIC in the Moot Hall



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