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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.
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
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
“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
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
Last year a total of £17,042 was raised to pay for flagging
on the Swine Tail path on Ingleborough.
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
"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
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
Vivienne is an award winning freelance writer who has written
several walking guide books, including the Settle to
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.
4 Nov 2017
Community Archive Project on display
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.
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.
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
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.
The popular walking charity and co-operative society offer a
comprehensive range of walking holiday packages at both home and
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
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."
1 Oct 2017