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

A Dales High Way

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New path improvements at Glovershaw

Countryside rangers from Bradford Council have completed some difficult and important path repairs to a section of A Dales High Way alongside Glovershaw Beck by Baildon Moor.

Footpath improvements by Glovershaw Beck

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  goats. 

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.

See our previous posting here, and the Friends of A Dales High Way here.

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 of September.

Saltaire Festival in Roberts Park

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.”

See the full festival programme here, and see our previous posting here.

1 Sept 2017

Ilkley Moor Grouse shooting protest

Ban Bloodsports on Ilkey Moor

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 2018.

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 region’s wildlife.

“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 foxes.

See our previous story here. See the Ban Bloodsports on Ilkley Moor website here.

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 A Dales High Way and those tackling the gruelling 24-mile Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge Route.

Kate Hilditch & Chris Grogan with Dales Rail Trails

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)

See The Dales Rail Trails website here, and join the Friends of the Three Peaks here.

1 August 2017

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