News en route
New path improvements at Glovershaw
Countryside rangers from Bradford Council have completed some
difficult and important path repairs to a section of
High Way alongside Glovershaw Beck by Baildon Moor.
The steep banks of the beck had collapsed in places, narrowing
the path and making progress difficult along a short section.
The problems were noted in a survey by the Friends of A Dales
High Way which was submitted to Bradford Council last year.
The well used footpath links Shipley Glen to Golcar Farm on
the way to Rombalds Moor near the start of the trail. The
problem area ran alongside Glovershaw Farm - a livery yard and a
working stock farm, with a small suckler cow herd and
The landowners at Glovershaw Farm were approached by the
Council countryside officers about the problem and proved very
helpful. New banking revetments have been installed and the path
widened and surfaced for about 200 metres up to Glovershaw Lane.
Chris Grogan, secretary of the Friends of A Dales High Way
said: "This is a great job. The path is safer and so much easier
to follow now."
A Dales High Way shares this popular section of footpath with
a number of trails, including the Welcome Way, the Bradford
Millenium Way and the Bradford Dales Way Link.
The footpath originally left the beckside and passed directly through
Glovershaw Farm onto Glovershaw Lane, but this final section was
officially diverted in 1966 to run alongside the beck to join
the road at its current location at Low Gate.
12 Sept 2017
September's Saltaire Festival line-up
An exciting mixed bag of entertainment has been lined up for
this year's Saltaire Festival, which runs from the 8th to 17th
The first weekend sees the popular Open Gardens trail throughout
the village; with children's activities in Robert's Park between
11am and 4.40pm on September 9 and 10; Saltaire Beer Festival
will be held at Saltaire Brewery in nearby Dockfield (1 mile
along the canal towpath east); and The Organic Fruit, Flower,
Vegetable and Produce Show which will take place on September 9,
between 10am and 4pm, at the Exhibition Building.
The following weekend sees a mini festival in Roberts Park
with music from bands including Motion Complex and Waiting
for Wednesday; with a continental market in Exhibition Road
between 9am and 5pm.
Justin Moorhouse, who appeared in TV sitcom Phoenix Nights,
will perform at a comedy night held at the Caroline Social Club,
on Wednesday, September 13. There will also be exhibitions,
music, pop-up events and street entertainment throughout the
festival period, so walkers setting off on A Dales High Way
shouldn't miss out.
The Festival has been held annually in the world heritage
village of Saltaire since 2003. Ros Garside, chairman of the
Saltaire Festival Board, said: “We’re very proud of this year’s
programme and I can’t wait for everyone to see it and start to
plan their visits to the festival in September.”
1 Sept 2017
Ilkley Moor Grouse shooting protest
Around 100 protesters gathered on Ilkley Moor at the start of
the Grouse shooting season, as part of a campaign to persuade
Bradford Council to stop licensing the activity.
Ban Bloodsports on Ilkley Moor (BBIM) says Bradford Council
is the last local authority in the UK to allow grouse shooting
on municipal moorland and is lobbying Council leader Susan
Hinchcliffe not to renew a contract to do so which expires in
Its spokesman Luke Steele said: “There is only one way to
manage Ilkley Moor for grouse shooting and that is through
burning away and damaging precious habitat at the expense of our
“Bradford Council leader Susan Hinchcliffe must accept
responsibility for the damage caused by grouse shooting to the
moor’s wildlife, habitat and reputation on the local authority’s
watch by giving a commitment to not renewing its disastrous
shooting licence. Anything short will only ensure this
conservation calamity continues.”
Grouse shooting has been blamed for a sharp decline in the
numbers of protected wild birds over the moor. The wildlife
crash, which has negatively impacted on the moor’s population of
specialist species, including Merlin, Dunlin and Short Eared
Owl, could result in the loss of the site’s conservation
designations if declines continue,
One of England’s rarest breeding birds, the hen harrier,
attempted to nest in the Yorkshire Dales National Park this
spring for the first time in 10 years.
Two females laid eggs in nests sited on the edge of a moor
managed for grouse shooting. The birds were watched by a small
team of staff and volunteers from the Yorkshire Dales National
Park Authority (YDNPA) and Natural England.
Unfortunately neither nesting attempt was successful. Both
attempts are thought to have failed because of predation by
14 Aug 2017
Rail Trails support for Three Peaks project
The Yorkshire Three Peaks area enjoys many thousands of
visiting walkers, including those enjoying a trek along
High Way and those tackling the gruelling 24-mile Yorkshire
Three Peaks Challenge Route.
The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) relies
heavily on fund-raising from supporters to cover the cost of a
lot of the work they do in preserving, maintaining and improving
this beautiful and iconic landscape. Park rangers have just
finished a two-month, £58,000 repair project on Pen-y-ghent
which saw stone flags being lifted to the summit by helicopter
and being put into place – often in driving wind and rain.
This month Chris Grogan of Skyware Press, who publish the
Dales High Way guidebooks and other titles such as Dales Rail
Trails, was able to donate another £100 to the Three Peaks
Project to support this work.
Chris Grogan said "So far we've been able to donate £400 from
sales of Dales Rail Trails to the Dales National Park. It may be
a modest sum, but it all helps. We've also been able to raise
funds in a similar way from other titles, from supporting
crowd-funding schemes and from our membership of the Friends of
the Three Peaks."
Dales Rail Trails features 32 circular and linear walks from
stations along the Settle-Carlisle line in the heart of Dales
High Way country.
Buy your copy of Dales Rails Trails now and support the
Yorkshire Three Peaks!
Photo shows Kate Hilditch (YDNPA Area Manager South) and
Chris Grogan (Skyware Press)
1 August 2017