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Wildlife walk celebrates public transport champion
A celebration of the life and interests of Dr John Disney was
held on Saturday, with four walks around Settle followed by a
reception at the Royal Oak.
John was a passionate advocate of integrated public
transport, a keen walker and a co-ordinator of the Friends of
the Settle Carlisle Line public walks programme. He died
suddenly on Saturday 20th October 2018, aged just 58.
The walks took in sections of A Dales High Way,
including an 8 mile walk to Austwick via Oxenber Wood, rich in
wild flowers at this time of year. John had a passion for
walking, gardening, the countryside and rural affairs.
John, born in 1960, was educated at Ilkeston Grammar School,
Nottingham University obtaining a degree in Mathematics followed
by a doctorate at Trent Polytechnic. He went on to be a senior
lecturer at Nottingham Trent University, specialising in
Business and Quality Management.
John was active in many circles. He was a member of the Royal
Statistical Society, a board member of the Dales and Bowland
Community Interest Company and supporter of the Friends of the
Settle-Carlisle Line. He had a special relationship with the
Derbyshire and Yorkshire Dales and campaigned actively to
maintain integrated rail and bus services into hard to reach
public spaces. Frequently he was consulted as an expert witness
on topics including HS2, rural rail and bus services, road user
charging and workplace parking. He also contributed to radio and
TV regarding such matters and was shortly to give evidence to
the House of Commons Transport Select Committee Inquiry into the
state of rural bus services.
12 May 2019
Friends lead visit to Crags, Caves & Kilns
After a week of sunshine, grey skies greeted
The Friends of A Dales High Way as they
led a walk above Settle to Attermire Scar, Victoria Cave and the
Hoffmann Kiln on Friday. But the sudden change in the weather failed to dampen
spirits, and the entire troupe finished off the day with a
celebratory drink or two in the Lion Inn.
The walk, part of this year's Ride2Stride Walking Festival,
set off 30 minutes late due to a train failure at Leeds. A steep
climb to the southeast by Preston's Barn, onto Stockdale Lane
and up beside Sugar Loaf Hill was rewarded with a short coffee
break to enjoy the stunning views of Attermire Scar and
Warrendale Knotts. A further sharp climb then to Victoria Cave
itself, where excavations have revealed evidence of the earliest
modern human occupation in the area some 11,000 years ago,
together with bone fragments of lion, hippopotamus and elephant
from before the last ice age!
After a lunch break at Jubilee Caves, the walkers headed down
to Stainforth, stopping along the way to admire the spectacular
long drop waterfall of Cattrigg Foss.
The incredible site of the Craven Lime Works, with a walk
through the eerie cavernous Hoffmann Kiln, provided a further
stopping point, before an easy afternoon ramble on a section of
A Dales High Way alongside the
River Ribble back to Settle.
Walk leader Chris Grogan said "Thanks to everyone who came
along. It's good to see old friends and new faces enjoying A
Dales High Way together."
4 May 2019
Ilkley Moor open again
Ilkley Moor is now open for
Dales High Way walkers again
after firefighters began winding up their operations.
With rain expected later today, the immediate danger has
passed, though walkers should still take care.
The actual route of A Dales High Way is unaffected, though
the fire came right up to the track as it descends down from
Ilkley Moor to White Wells (see photo).
A man has been charged with arson over one fire on the moor. Crews were called to the West Yorkshire spa town on
Saturday, where they fought fires in two areas of the moor
covering 25,000 sq m.
On Monday evening West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
tweeted out a stern message, after fire crews reported that
people were still lighting barbecues up there.
A group of four women walkers who had arrived from the USA to
walk the trail were lucky to get down into Ilkley on Saturday
before the fire caught hold. On Sunday they had to make use of
their OS maps and guide books, along with helpful local advice,
to get back onto the trail beyond Addingham reservoir, but they
arrived safely in Skipton.
24 April 2019
Fire devastates Ilkley Moor
A fierce fire has devastated a section of Ilkley Moor
overnight and firefighters are still dealing with the aftermath.
Walkers have been asked to stay off the moor for the next
couple of days until the fire is firmly under control.
The fire, believed to have started accidently on the hottest
day of the year so far, took hold on the northern slopes of the
moor around White Wells, above the town of Ilkley.
A West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said:
"Twelve pumps are still in attendance at incident, currently we
are using seven jets and beaters, specialist wildfire units are
also in attendance and a helicopter will be assisting with
overhead water attack."
Walkers setting out on A Dales High Way should avoid the
first section over the moor between Saltaire and Addingham until
the all-clear is given. Those heading for Ilkley should catch a
train directly from Shipley or Leeds and follow the riverside
Dales Way path from Ilkley to Addingham.
Alternatively, the Leeds-Liverpool canal can be followed all
the way from Saltaire to Skipton (16 miles), with the option of
leaving it at Silsden (after 9 miles) to take a short bus ride
over to Addingham (Bus 62, hourly on Sunday, half-hourly
A Dales High Way can then be rejoined at Addingham.
Generally, if you come across a fire whilst walking on
moorland, you should turn around, retrace your steps and get
down quickly from the moor.
UPDATE: 24 April - the route of A Dales High
Way is now open again (see above).
21 Apr 2018
Friends lead walk for Ride2Stride
The Friends of A Dales High Way are leading a walk
on Friday, 3rd May as part of the 2019 Ride2Stride
Walking Festival. All are welcome.
The 9-mile circular walk starts at Settle Railway Station at
10.22 a.m., meeting the train from Leeds, and will be led by
Crags, Caves and Kilns is described as "an excellent walk
from Settle visiting Attermire Scar and returning via the
Hoffman kiln. "
The walk takes in sections of A Dales High Way
and is described as
"moderate", but walkers can expect some steep climbs, especially
in the first part of the walk.
Chris said "This is a stunning walk with some fantastic views
and lots to look at along the way. It's a long steep climb from
Settle to Victoria Cave but we think it's worth it and there
will be plenty of short stops for walkers to take a breather on
The walks are free, just turn up for the start on the station
There are 30 led walks in this years programme, with music at
various venues along the line every evening.
14 April 2019