News en route
Ingleton start option for Three Peaks
A new start and finish for the Yorkshire Three peaks
Challenge is being promoted by Business and Festival
leaders in the town of Ingleton.
The proposed new challenge route will be super tough -
adding almost 6 miles to the distance, and extra ascent.
The proposal has come in response to problems caused to
residents in the village of Horton-in-Ribblesdale, the most
popular staring point for the challenge.
Debby Kuhlmann, chairman of the Ingleton Area Business Group
said: “Over recent years due to an increase in the number of
walkers Horton-in-Ribblesdale has become inundated and is
struggling to cope. It was decided to launch Ingleton’s Three
Peaks and promote Ingleton as the place to start and finish the
Carl Lis, ward representative for Ingleton and chairman of
Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority said he supported the
plan. “I think it will bring more visitors to Ingleton which
can’t be a bad thing, though I think the longer distance making
the walk over 29 miles will probably only attract perhaps 100
people each weekend. "
The proposed route leaves Ingleton Community centre car park
and heads for Ingleborough summit via Crina Bottom. The route
then follows the traditional way anti-clockwise through Horton,
over Pen-y-ghent, on to Ribblehead and over Whernside, coming
down to the Hill Inn. Turning right, the route then follows the
road down to Chapel-le-dale, picking up the narrow back lane for
a 4-mile trek back to Ingleton.
If it catches on, it will take some pressure off
Dales High Way walkers on a busy weekend as they
descend from Ingleborough to Humphrey Bottom.
2 Nov 2018
Leeds-Settle-Carlisle Line launch
The launch of a new website for the
Friends of the
Settle-Carlisle Line (FoSCL) has introduced a major change for
the 4000-member support group.
The website strap-line has now been extended to read "The
Leeds-Settle-Carlisle Line", helping emphasise the fact that the
line is part of a major mainline railway. A new display at Leeds
station showcases this.
Former FoSCL chairman Richard Morris, who helped develop the
new website, said: "We wanted to make it clear that we're
responsible for 72 miles of a unique mainline railway, and not a
privately run heritage railway that just runs steam trains."
The organisation itself is unlikely, however, to change its
The railway offers walkers on a A Dales High Way unique
access to the long-distance trail.
The Friends of the Settle Carlisle Line were originally
formed in 1981 to campaign against a proposal to close the
famous historic and scenic route. In 1989 the Government decided
that the line must remain open. Since then FoSCL has acted as a
user group to improve facilities and services for passengers.
The last two years or so have proved turbulent for the
organisation, with mounting disquiet from some volunteers and
members who have felt alienated over some recent decisions. Next
May's Annual General Meeting may see several changes at the top,
when the current Chairman steps down.
Photo shows the new display at Leeds station (© Drew Haley).
19 Nov 2018
A new promotional video highlighting the attractions of the
Eden valley and surrounding area was premiered at the seventh
annual Eden Tourism Summit held at the Shap Wells Hotel
The video was met with a definite seal of approval from over
100 businesses who attended the Summit. ITV Border were there
for the day and provided great coverage on the news, including a
live broadcast at 6pm.
" We worked in partnership with Mulholland Media to produce
the 3 minute video, which gives the visitor a taste of what Eden
has to offer. This is a new marketing medium for us and we plan
to record more footage throughout the year, to update the video
Eden is a beautiful corner of Cumbria in the north of
England, taking in the lakes and mountains around Ullswater,
part of the Lake District National Park and the moorlands of the
North Pennines around Alston, an Area of Outstanding Natural
Beauty. In between, the River Eden flows through the rolling
countryside of the Eden Valley, including the Westmorland Dales
- part of the recently extended Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Dales High Way walkers who end
their journey in this beautiful corner of Eden, will undoubtedly
enjoy seeing what other delights the area has to offer.
2 November 2018
Otley venue for anniversary fair
Otley Walkers Are Welcome are celebrating their own
10th anniversary next month with a Walkers Fair, which will
feature talks by original trail authors Colin Speakman and Chris
Colin will talk about 50 years of the Dales Way -
now one of the most popular long-distance walking trails in the
Chris will be talking about her upbringing on a Dales hill
farm and how that led her to create A Dales High Way.
Mike Bartholomew of the West Riding Ramblers will talk about
disabled access to the countryside.
As well as a variety of stalls, there will be the opportunity
to share experiences, photos, and maps about trails in Britain
or anywhere in Europe. "Walkers will tell walkers about routes
and areas they know: English, Scottish and Welsh trails, the
Italian Dolomites, Lapland, France and Germany, etc, etc.
Walking groups and interest organizations like the Ramblers will
The fair takes place on Sunday 18th November at the Otley
Courthouse from 11am till 4pm.
Chris has enjoyed a busy year celebrating A Dales High Way's
10th anniversary, with a series of talks about the trail at
various venues, and a number of led walks, which have all gone
The highlight of the year was undoubtedly the series of led
walks along the entire route, all achieved using public
transport. 22 walkers joined the event overall, starting off
from Saltaire on a bright May morning, and ending with a
triumphant September finish at Appleby-in-Westmorland (see photo
19 October 2018
Companion support for Mend Our Mountains
You can support the current Mend Our Mountains
campaign and pick up a signed copy of the new edition of A
Dales High Way Companion as a reward.
The current crowd-funding campaign has just three weeks to
run, with a target of £20,000 towards the £46.000 fund for the
improvement of a busy path leading to the summit of Whernside
from Bruntscar. This is a popular route for both Three Peaks
walkers, and Dales High Way walkers
taking the Whernside optional route.
Other rewards on offer include a handcrafted oak finger post
sign with inscription, a day out with a National Park
Ranger, a helicopter ride or an overnight stay in a local luxury
In 2016 Skyware Press, who publish the Dales High Way guide
books, supported a similar successful campaign to raise £17,000
for path repairs on Ingleborough. Chris Grogan said "Walkers
have had so much pleasure over the years from walking A Dales
High Way and we feel it's important to help put something back
into keeping these paths in good condition."
The rising popularity of the Three Peaks Challenge Route is
now causing major headaches for residents of
With an estimated 100,000 walkers taking on the challenge
each year, Richard Welch, a North Yorkshire County councillor
for Ribblesdale, told the Yorkshire Dales National Park
Authority (YDNPA) residents feelings were running high. "Every
weekend it is absolute pandemonium. The Three Peaks walk is
making people's lives a misery." he said.
A new Yorkshire Three Peaks Route Guide, produced by Skyware
Press this year, advocates starting and finishing the route at
Ribblehead, making use of the early morning train service from
YDNPA members have agreed to look at possible alternative
start points, routes and other options.
1 October 2018