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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Aerial Archaeology Project for Westmorland Dales

Gilbertine Monastic remains, Ravenstonedale

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 Roman archaeology.  

The area includes the final stages of A Dales High Way and 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.

See the Archaeological Research Services here.

1 July 2022

Angel voted "Best gastropub in 2022"

Angel Inn, Hetton

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 for 2022.

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 outstanding.

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.

See the Angel Inn at Hetton here, and the Devonshire Arms, Cracoe, here.

18 June 2022

Bradford is new City of Culture 2025

Bradford awarded 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 doorstep."

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 and Denholme.

It also includes the world heritage site of Saltaire and the first stage of A Dales High Way.

See Bradford 2025 here.

1 June 2022

Records smashed in High Way Ultra

Dales High Way Ultra marathon 2022, checkpoint 1 at Addingham. Paul Haigh running.

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 year running!

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.

See the full race results here. See Punk Panther Ultramarathons here.

9 May 2022

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