A Dales High Way - 90 miles across the glorious high country of the Yorkshire Dales
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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Rail strike blow to Trail plans

Approaching the Howgill Fells

The announcement of new rail strikes has disrupted plans for the final two Anniversary Walks by the Friends of A Dales High Way.

With 7 of the 9 planned walks along the full length of A Dales High Way - Walk the Trail 2018 - already completed, the final two walks were scheduled for the Saturdays of August 25th and September 8th.

But a series of strikes by the RMT rail union on Northern services are earmarked for three consecutive Saturdays:- August 25, September 1 and September 8.

The walk planned for August 25th has been pulled back a week to August 18th, as it involves using the Western Dales bus from Dent which only operates on a Saturday. The walk heads from Sedbergh over the Howgill Fells to Newbiggin-on-Lune, and involves a stunning six-mile ridge walk with some of the finest views in the Yorkshire Dales.

The final walk has been pushed on one day to Sunday September 9th, which will involve a much later start and finish. The walk sets out from Newbiggin-on-Lune to cross the Orton Fells heading down into the Eden Valley to finish at Appleby.

Chris said: "It's a real shame, as we have had to hastily re-arrange the dates, which means a number of walkers who had planned to join us will no longer be able to. But so far the walks have been a hugely enjoyable experience for all concerned."

See Walk the Trail 2018 here, and the RMT announcement here.

14 Aug 2018

Shooters target birds of prey

Despite the breeding success of the Peregrine Falcons nesting at Malham Cove, there is growing concern at the persecution of birds of prey by game shooters.

North Yorkshire has the unwanted record of having more confirmed incidents of raptor persecution than any other county in England, with 54 incidents between 2012 and 2016 in which species such as peregrine falcons, red kites and hen harriers have been shot, poisoned and even caught in spring-loaded pole traps that have been outlawed since Victorian times. North Yorkshire Police says such crimes are particularly prevalent in areas where land is managed for driven grouse shooting.

In a bid to tackle the problem, in February this year North Yorkshire Police launched Operation Owl.

On Friday Andrew Sells, the Chair of Natural England, welcomed efforts by the shooting community to safeguard and conserve hundreds of hectares of land for wildlife, when he spoke at the 60th Game Fair at Ragley Hall in Warwickshire. He said despite this work “more needs to be done to ensure there is a balance between shooting and conservation.”

Earlier this month a dead Red Kite was found near Bolton Abbey by walkers. Initial tests indicated there was a piece of shot in the body.

Doug Simpson, Yorkshire Red Kite Co-ordinator, said: “This latest incident brings the total confirmed Yorkshire red kite illegal persecution victims up to 42 since releases began in 1999. Thirteen of these birds having been shot. It is sickening that a small minority of people appear intent on breaking the law by targeting these birds, which have become an integral part of our beautiful North Yorkshire countryside.”

In March this year The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) published an ‘evidence report’ on birds of prey persecution – which was first presented to a wildlife crime summit held at the Authority’s offices in Bainbridge.

It says, “The collation of breeding data, the number of confirmed persecution incidents and the absence of some species from large areas of potentially suitable habitat provide compelling evidence that illegal persecution is limiting the populations of peregrine and hen harrier in the National Park, and is preventing the colonisation of the area by red kites. 

“There has not been a successful Peregrine nesting attempt on any of the monitored grouse moor sites since 1997, with birds now absent from the majority of sites that were occupied in the 1990s. This is in stark contrast to the success of nest sites away from grouse moors.   There is no natural explanation for this difference.

“Despite large areas of potentially suitable nesting habitat, there has not been a successful hen harrier nesting attempt in the National Park since 2007.   In addition, 11 (19%) of the 59 hen harriers that were satellite tagged by Natural England at sites across northern England and Scotland between 2002 and 2017 are classed as ‘missing, fate unknown’ in the Yorkshire Dales.”

Read the YDNPA report here, and see more about Operation Owl here.

1 August 2018

Anniversary Walk reaches half-way point

Walkers gather at Weets Top

Walk the Trail 2018 - a series of day walks following A Dales High Way - has now passed the half-way point.

The event, organised by the Friends of A Dales High Way to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the long-distance trail, began in May with a group of 14 walkers tackling the first section from Saltaire to Ilkley.

Since then, a varying group of 22 walkers have completed 4 more sections, with the last yesterday being a stunning 11 mile walk from Settle to Horton-in-Ribblesdale under a sweltering sun.

The next walk takes place on Saturday, July 28th. It's a 10.5 mile hike from Horton-in-Ribblesdale, climbing the mighty Ingleborough before a steep descent to Chapel-le-Dale and a long walk to Ribblehead along the lower south-eastern flank of Whernside.

Anyone wanting to join the group needs to book in advance. The remaining sections are all classed as strenuous and involve a full days walking at a fairly brisk pace. The remaining walks all take place from the Leeds to Carlisle train leaving leeds at 7.48 a.m.

Future walks will also involve service bus, hired mini-bus or taxi connections, with fares payable. Hence pre-booking is essential.

Photo shows walkers at Weets Top (Gordan Tasker).

See Walk the Trail 2018 here

15 July 2018

Woofers walk the High Way

Trig Point Trekkers

An entertaining new book by two dogs, Mollie and Digger, and their human companion Julie Campbell, tells of their fund-raising walk on A Dales High Way.

"The book tells the tale of our adventures along A Dales Highway, plus some of our favourite trig pillar and reservoir walks in and around the Yorkshire Dales" explains Julie. "It contains lots of photos, a few maps, and we have also got some cartoons and poems in there. Of course there is plenty of doggie nonsense too".

Their long distance walk is split into eight day walks, spread over a year. They have lots of adventures and a few scares - getting lost, being chased by cattle, yomping in bogs, getting lost again, all whilst bagging a few trig points and reservoirs along the way. They finished their walk exhausted but happy.

"We would highly recommend this walk. It took us a while to finish it but we loved every minute of it".

Trig Point Trekkers & Reservoir Dogs By Mollie, Digger and Julie Campbell costs £10 plus £1.50 postage. You can buy it by clicking the "shop now" button at the top of the Walk for Wildlife and Woofers Facebook page, or just message Julie for other options. Proceeds from the book go to support a number of local wildlife and dog rescue organisations.

This is their second book; Tales of Two Sprollies includes accounts of previous long distance walks, including The Dales Way and Lady Anne's Way.

See Walk for Wildlife and Woofers Facebook site here.

1 July 2018

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