News en route
Glovershaw Beck path re-opens
The path alongside Glovershaw Beck, near the start of
High Way, has been repaired using an ingenious technique and is
open once again.
There was a real problem facing Bradford Council's
countryside team when the path was washed away for the second
time in three years following Storm Ciara in February. The steep
beckside wall was scoured away by floodwater, leaving a
precarious thin ledge for walkers. The council had no option but
to close the path until a solution could be found.
With the steep banking clearly susceptible to further
erosion, and the landowner reluctant to allow continued
encroachment into their field, a really novel solution was
Contractors from midlands-based Geogrow Ltd. were called to
help instal a deep "green" revetment - a "Vegetated Wall
System" called Rootlok - to support the path.
Rootlok is described as "a soft engineered system that is a
competitive alternative to concrete, gabion and other hard
revetment systems that do little to benefit the natural
Permable geotextile bags filled with gravel form the lower
layers, with bags containing a seeded mixture of soils, compost
and sands forming the upper layers. The bags are bound together
and back filled to form a stable revetment that will grass-over
Further stone support has been added to the upstream side.
Bradford Countryside officer Richard Perham said "We have
never used it before, but I think we will again."
The Bradford countryside team have also worked along the
whole section - the path strimmed and cleared, branches trimmed,
a fence and gate restored, the wire fence repaired. It's an
7 August 2020
Accommodation begins to re-open
Much of the accommodation along A Dales High Way is open for
business once more, as restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic
But the pattern is patchy in some areas. The Friends of A
Dales High Way have been checking to see what the current
Some pubs remain closed for the foreseeable future, such as
both Dent pubs - the Sun Inn and the George & Dragon. Others
that remain closed at this time include the Craven Heifer at
Stainforth and the Golden Lion Hotel at
Horton-in-Ribblesdale. The Tufton Arms Hotel at Appleby is
planning to re-open soon.
Most of the pubs and hotels that are open, along with cafes
and restaurants, are offering Eat Out to Help Out discounts,
so this month is a good time to visit
Youth Hostels, including those in Malham and Ingleton, are
accepting whole house bookings only at the current time,
along with some B&B providers such as Bracken Hall House in
Baildon and bunkbarns like Broadrake near Chapel-le-Dale. Sadly
the very popular Brownber Hall at Newbiggin-on-Lune has moved to
whole-house booking on a permanent basis.
Accommodation that is open may have restricted capacity.
Most campsites have re-opened, but those still closed include
Moorgarth at Ingleton.
The Accommodation listing on this website includes all the
B&Bs, hotels, pubs and campsites we know about along the route,
but you should check with each directly as to their current
availability as this is changing all the time.
If you know of any further changes, please let us know.
3 August 2020
Works to repair steep footpath from Ingleborough
The descent from the foot of the summit peak of Ingleborough,
down to Humphrey Bottom, on the northern flank of the mountain,
is a very steep, rocky climb down an engineered path.
The path, known as High Lot, is used by tens of thousands of
people a year walking between Chapel le Dale and the top of the
mountain – often as part of a Yorkshire Three Peaks route - as
well as walkers on A Dales High Way.
High footfall, heavy rainfall, drainage issues and a steep
incline has caused the existing stone pitched path, installed in
the late 1980s, to slip.
The path will be closed for several months from next week
(27th of July 2020) to allow repairs to be undertaken.
An alternative route will be in place. This follows the ridge
edge of Simon Fell NE for 3/4 of a mile (just over 1 kilometre),
before descending steeply alongside the wall.
During the past month, staff from contractors Terra Firma
Environmental Ltd have picked and bagged 160 tonnes of large
gritstone blocks from a nearby scree slope. Later this
week the stone will be lifted by helicopter and dropped next to
the path in readiness for works to begin.
A total of 172 metres of stone pitching will be removed, with
the gritstone blocks then dug deep into the ground to make a
durable new 1.5 metre wide pitched path. Associated
drainage and landscaping work will also be undertaken.
Nick Cotton, Member Champion for Recreation Management at the
Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, said: “High Lot
is one of the most well used public paths in one of the finest
National Nature Reserves in the country.
“It is important for people to observe the temporary closure
of the path. The High Lot section of path to be repaired
is very narrow and there isn’t room for the contractors to work
safely with walkers passing by. I would ask that people
walking the Yorkshire Three Peaks look up the alternative route
to the summit that we are recommending, and give themselves a
bit more time to complete it, as it is a steep way and not easy
Alternatively, walkers heading for Ribblehead can continue
along the ridge edge of Simon fell and Park fell before
descending on an easier incline to Ribblehead, as outlined in
the Dales High Way Route Guide.
21 July 2020
The new Summer Newsletter from the Friends of A Dales High
Way is now available.
Though things have been quiet over the last three months due
to Covid-19 restrictions, there's still plenty to celebrate over
the last year.
Building Bridges is the theme of an article from our
Secretary Chris Grogan on the conflicting pressures on rural and
urban communties following the pandemic.
There's a feature on the Top Ten Wildlife you might
expect to spot on the walk, and excerpts from social media of a well-known TV celebrity who has been exploring
Dales High Way country over the winter, in ALL weathers!
There's also the latest news updates and a tough Dales High
Way Wordsearch to keep you entertained.
Like so many other volunteer organisations this year, the Friends' committee held their Annual
Meeting by Zoom.
But as restrictions begin to ease and the
prospect of B&Bs and pubs re-opening in the near future, walkers
will once again return to enjoy the wonderful landscapes of the
Yorkshire Dales and Eden Valley.
1 July 2020