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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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

Yorkshire Heritage Way launch

Yorkshire Heritage Way Launch - photo John Sparshatt

A NEW 42 mile Yorkshire Heritage Way recreational trail between Bradford Cathedral and Ripon Cathedral was officially launched this weekend.

The trail links the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Saltaire - also the start of A Dales High Way - and Fountains Abbey, passing through stunning countryside in the Bradford district and North Yorkshire.

The launch event at Bradford Cathedral on Friday attracted a large crowd. Among the speakers were Colin Speakman - President of the Burley Bridge Association - and the Bishop of Bradford Nick Baines. Walkers then began a four-day walk along the route.

The route was devised by the campaigners for a footbridge over the river Wharfe at Burley-in-Wharfedale. The call for a bridge dates back 125 years, but the current Burley Bridge Association charity was formed in 1996. Planning permission for the current design was approved in 2018 and campaigners are well on the way to raise the required half-million pound funding.

Walkers currently have to use stepping stones at the site to cross the river - an option only available in very dry weather. An alternative route here is available at other times.

See more on The Yorkshire Heritage Way here.

2 May 2022

Last chance to join High Way Ultra

Dales High Way Ultra recce - 2020

There's just one week left to sign up for the ultimate long distance Yorkshire race - the Dales High Way Ultra Marathon.

Entries close on Sunday, 24th April with the race starting from Saltaire on Saturday morning, 7th May.

There's a choice of just running the 90-mile route of A Dales High Way, or adding an extra 14-mile round to the end to take in High Cup Nick. All to be done in less than 36 hours!

The race was first run last year, with the winner Daniel Hendriksen taking just 20 hours 56 minutes to finish.

The fastest known time for the route - 20 hours 31 minutes - was set by supported solo runner Mark Kerry who ran the trail just 2 days earlier.

The Friends of A Dales High Way looked after the Settle checkpoint last year and will be once again on hand to help out.

Chris Grogan of the Friends said: "We are very happy to be looking after a checkpoint again this year. It's great to be part of such a well organised event and we're all looking forward to it."

Follow the race live from 7 am on Saturday morning on Track Trail here.

See Punk Panther Dales High Way Ultramarathon here, and last year's race results here.

18 Apr 2022

Return of Guided Walks

Foscl guided walk, 2 April 2022

A free Guided Walks Programme along the world-famous Settle-Carlisle railway line made a welcome return this weekend.

The walks, organised by the Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line (Foscl), kicked off with a 6-mile circular Introductory Walk from Settle. 26 walkers turned up for the walk, which was led by Foscl regulars Bob and Lindy Clarke, including many who had never walked with the Friends group before.

Foscl Walk Organisers Alice and Russ Whelan-Smith said: "Well I think we can call that a success! We’re sure a few of the new walkers will make an appearance on future walks. Bring on next weeks walk."

The Foscl free walks programme had been suspended for the last two years due to the Covid pandemic. The programme will run every Saturday until the end of September, with a few Sunday walks thrown in the mix as well. Walks all start and finish at a station along the line. Anyone who wants to join just has to turn up at the start - no booking required.

Another group - the Friends of Dales Rail (FDR) - also run a popular programme of free guided walks along the line.

So there's plenty for keen walkers in Dales High Way country to choose from!

See the Foscl Guided Walks Programme here, and the FDR programme here.

4 April 2022

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A Dales High Way

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Walk this spectacular landscape from Saltaire to Appleby-in-Westmorland

Explore its rich history, geology and culture

Return with a breathtaking train ride along England's most beautiful railway

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Nicola with Certficate & Guestbook at Appleby TIC

Dales High Way Certificate & Guestbook

Don't forget to call in at the Appleby Tourist Information Centre when you finish your walk to sign the Guestbook and collect your Certificate.

Appleby TIC in the Moot Hall

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