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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Bestselling Author Praise for Dales High Way

David Nicholls

The best selling author David Nicholls has praised A Dales High Way as one of his favourite long distance walks.

In an online interview with the American Forbes magazine Nicholls was asked "Tell us about some of your favorite walks."

"I don’t always love coast walks, which can get a little dull, but the Northumberland Coastal Path is beautiful, with vast empty beaches, castles, a unique atmosphere and not too many tourists. Also, a lesser known route, the Dales High Way, is a beautiful diagonal path from Skipton, outside Leeds, to Appleby in Cumbria. An absolute beauty" he replied.

Nicholls' latest novel "You Are Here" is a love story set on Wainwright's Coast to Coast Walk, a walk he has done himself. He completes one or two long distance trails each year.

Writing in the Guardian he said "The conditions are always the same, a hike of 60 to 90 miles in early spring or autumn. The paths are well-trodden and unadventurous, taken from a list of routes that end in "way": the Dales Way, the Cumbria Way, Dales High Way, the Cleveland Way, the South Downs and Peddars Way, the Ridgeway. I always carry my own rucksack and have never for even one moment considered a tent."

He walks alone and enjoys solitude and wild landscapes: "Picture me, thirsty and wet on some desolate moor, 12 miles to go. The dream." This, perhaps, explains his preference for A Dales High Way over its much gentler and busier sibling, the Dales Way; "Northumbria and Cornwall aside, I don't like coastal walks. The Dales High Way is far superior to the Dales Way. I have no love for the South Downs. There, I've said it."

"You Are here" was published on 23 April by Sceptre at £20.

See the Forbes interview here.

1 June 2024

New exhibition of "Commoners" lives

Shepherds on Ingleborough by Rob Fraser

A new exhibition of written and photographic portraits of the farmers, gamekeepers and conservationists who work on Ingleborough Common, Grassington Common and Brant Fell Common near Sedbergh are being exhibited at the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes.

‘Labour of Love’ is a new exhibition by photographer Rob Fraser and writer Harriet Fraser. They run an environmental art and research practice from near Kendal.

The exhibition presents stories they have gathered during two years of meeting people who farm and manage commons in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Dartmoor, the Lake District and the Shropshire Hills.

Harriet Fraser said:  “For commoners there is a lot of uncertainty and threats to this way of life – and we’ve been cataloguing that.

“At the heart of our work is meeting people and listening to people.  So I’m out and about with my microphone, Rob with his camera. And we learn from everyone we meet, whether we’re on a peat bog, or on the fell looking at dung beetles, or talking about management of the sheep, or talking to somebody from the National Trust about how to deal with the challenges we are facing." 

‘Labour of Love’ at the Dales Countryside Museum (open daily, 10-5pm) will run until 8 September. It is being staged as part of ‘Our Common Cause: Our Upland Commons’, a three-year project led by the charity, Foundation for Common Land.  As well as Rob and Harriet Fraser’s work, there are wild boar bones from Ingleborough and items from the museum’s permanent collection to see.

Photo: Shepherds meeting on the summit of Ingleborough at the start of a sheep gather in November, by Rob Fraser.

See the Dales Countryside Museum here.

16 May 2024

Community bid to run Dent's Sun Inn

Sun Inn Dent

The residents of Dentdale aim to buy their favourite pub, the ancient Sun Inn on Dent Main Street.

The Sun is a popular local pub at heart of the community, welcoming visitors since the 16th Century, and a favoured stop-over for Dales High Way walkers.

On the market for £525,000, the pub has been up for sale for more than two years and is facing an uncertain future, so a group of local people met last week and have decided it was time to act.

They have set up a Community Interest Company to apply for a grant from the Government and also plan to sell shares in the company to raise money.

The first step will be a Pledge of Shares at a second public meeting to be held in the Haygarth Room, Dent Memorial Hall, on May 8th at 7pm. Shares will cost £5 each. They have already gained pledges of support from the local Parish Council; the Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line (Foscl); Western Dales Bus and the Friends of A Dales High Way!

See the Save Our Sun website here.

1 May 2024

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