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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Moorland Access Bans follow Heat-wave

Ilkley moor Fire in 2019

Open access to wide areas of moorland in Yorkshire was banned following the July heat-wave that set new UK temperature records.

In the Bradford district, temporary bans on wide areas of open access - "right to roam" areas - on upland moors  were introduced on July 20th in response to the danger of fire.

Addingham High Moor was one of the areas affected, but as public footpaths were exempt from the ban, this did not affect walkers on A Dales High Way.

Bradford Council said: “Temperatures may have dropped but there’s still a very high risk of wildfire on moorland. Access to some areas of moorland across the country is temporarily suspended, with the ‘right to roam’ on open country withdrawn until further notice.

“Please stay away from these areas until further notice. The restrictions do not apply to public rights of way and public roads."

Temperatures topped 40 degrees in some UK areas for the first time, highlighting the very real dangers of unchecked human-induced climate change.

See the Met Office Fire Severity Index here.

1 Aug 2022

Commonwealth Baton in Saltaire

Queens Commonwealth Baton at Saltaire

The Queen's Commonweath Baton arrived at Saltaire yesterday, on its way across Yorkshire.

Sammy Wills from Sheffield, a paramedic with Yorkshire Ambulance NHS Trust was chosen as one of 2,022 people to carry the Baton in the relay preceding this year’s Commonwealth Games.

Sammy said:” I am very excited to be chosen as one of the Commonwealth Baton bearers in Yorkshire. The 2022 Commonwealth Games mark a fantastic year as it is also 20 years since I started flying as a Paramedic with Yorkshire Air Ambulance Charity, seconded from Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust."

The baton will be travelling through 72 Commonwealth nations before the opening of the Games in Birmingham on the 28th of July. The baton, which has already completed an international route, is travelling the length and breadth of England, stopping in 180 locations.

The relay will end at Birmingham's Aston Hall on 28 July, the day of the games' opening ceremony.

See the 2022 Commonwealth Games here.

13 July 2022

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

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