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Aerial Archaeology Project for Westmorland Dales
A new aerial investigation project has been launched covering
the south-eastern part of the Westmorland Dales area of the
Yorkshire Dales National Park, a region rich in prehistoric and
The area includes the final stages of A Dales High Way
was included into the National Park in 2016.
The project will identify, map and interpret historic
environment features to enhance the Yorkshire Dales Historic
Environment Record using a range of aerial imagery.
It will study all available aerial photographs and LiDAR to
identify and map archaeological features within the survey area.
LiDAR (light detection and ranging) uses lasers to create 3-D
maps of the surface, penetrating any obscuring vegetation.
In the Yorkshire Dales researchers have found two ploughed
down henges that are no longer visible, a significant number of
prehistoric settlements, former farmsteads and complex medieval
farming landscapes that exist underneath the stone walls and hay
meadows not visible to the eye.
The project is being undertaken by Archaeological Research
Services Ltd in conjunction with the Yorkshire Dales National
Park Authority and Historic England to cover 136km²
of the area that was incorporated into the Yorkshire Dales
National Park in 2016.
PHOTO shows the structural remains of a Gilbertine Monastic
House uncovered in 1928-9 in the graveyard of St. Oswald’s
Church, Ravenstonedale © ARS 2022.
1 July 2022
Angel voted "Best gastropub in 2022"
The Angel Inn. at Hetton, on the route of A Dales High Way,
has been voted Gastropub of the Year in this year's National
Restaurant Awards. This comes on top of a Michelin Star award
The pub grabbed the prestigious title at the awards in London
this week adding to a host of previous awards for chef Michael
Wignall, including four AA rosettes and silver overall in last
year's National Restaurant Awards.
A spokesperson for the Angel said: "Absolutely fantastic to
be placed number 12 in the National Restaurant Awards Top 100 UK
restaurants, along with Gastropub of the Year. Thank you to
everyone who voted for us, it means the world."
The Angel has undergone major refurbishment since a new
management team took over in 2018. Chef patron Michael Wignall
and his wife Johanna have a vision to keep everything that the
Angel was famous for; fantastic food, a warm welcome and a deep
connection with the dramatic Yorkshire landscape – and make it
A popular spot with walkers for an afternoon pint, visitors
can expect to pay over £400 a night for one of the luxury rooms
on offer, so perhaps only walkers with very deep pockets may be
attracted to an overnight stop here. More frugal walkers are
likely to divert for a night at the popular Devonshire Arms in
Cracoe, just over a mile off-route.
18 June 2022
Bradford is new City of Culture 2025
Bradford was declared last night as the 2025 City of Culture.
Announcing the decision, Nadine Dorries, the culture
secretary, said Bradford was a “worthy winner” of the 2025
title against stiff competition: “Art and culture should be
accessible to everyone and this prestigious title will help
Bradford deliver unforgettable events for communities on their
Shanaz Gulzar, Chair of Bradford 2025, said “What I'm most
excited about is the energy and dynamism in Bradford in our
creative communities. There's a lot of sharing of ideas and a
can-do punk sensibility and drive.” Shanaz is a Keighley-born
artist and regular walker - best known for her popular Yorkshire
Walks series on BBC4.
Bradford has a very diverse, young population, and the
dynamic submission reflected that.
As well as the city itself, the City of Culture status
applies to the whole of the Bradford Metropolitan district, an
area 143 square miles and a total population of 537,000. Most of
the district is rural and includes towns such as Keighley,
Shipley, Bingley, Ilkley, Haworth, Silsden, Queensbury, Thornton
It also includes the world heritage site of Saltaire and the
first stage of A Dales High Way.
1 June 2022
Records smashed in High Way Ultra
This year's Dales High Way Ultra produced some outstanding
performances - and a number of new records, including beating
the Fastest Known Time by 50 minutes!
The race start was staggered from 6 am to 9 am, with Paul
Haigh taking an early lead in the field, which he maintained to
the end. Paul finished in a remarkable time of just 19 hours 39
minutes. It looked like that might be it, but then just as dawn
broke Matthew Kennedy appeared at the top of Boroughgate in
Appleby. His later start meant he was neck-and-neck with Paul.
In the end he pipped Paul's new record by just 2 minutes!
Last year's all-round winner, Daniel Hendrickson, also broke
the old record, completing the 90-mile Dales High Way in just 19
hours 51 minutes. He went on to finish the Dales High Way Plus
(an extra knee-crunching loop around High Cup Nick adding
another 14 miles) in a new record time of 24 hours and five
minutes to become overall winner of the event for the second
Bev Holmes became the first woman veteran over 50 (FV50) to
complete the main 90-mile route, coming in with a time of 26
hours 8 minutes, alongside Andrew Clitheroe. Ultra running
legend Sharon Gayter became the first FV50 to complete the 104
mile event, in a time of 31 hours 48 minutes.
There were many other personal records set. Even those who
had to drop out before the finish enjoyed the challenge. Grant
Smalley said "I'm not bothered about medals, T-shirts and all
that jazz. It's great yeah, but I run to have fun. I had so much
fun. I might be a little gutted, but I'm experienced enough now
to not let it beat me down. To say it was tough was an
understatement. To say it was a tremendous course, is equally
so. Absolutely beautiful. Of what I saw, pound for pound it's
the toughest course I've ever done. It's also my favourite."
Picture shows Paul Haigh leaving check-point 1 at Addingham,
run by the Friends of A Dales High Way.
9 May 2022