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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Dales Rail Trails 2020

Dales Rail Trails Edition 2

Walkers can enjoy exploring Dales High Way country at their leisure with the help of a brand new edition of Dales Rail Trails which is published this month.

The new edition features 32 walks from stations along the world-famous Leeds-Settle-Carlisle railway - 18 circular walks of between 6 and 12 miles long, with an additional 14 linear walks linking stations along the line. Each route has detailed large-scale mapping at a scale of 1:25,000, with descriptive notes and full colour photographs. Each route has been re-surveyed to bring it bang up-to-date.

Chris Grogan, co-author of the guidebook, said "This is our favourite walking country and we loved every minute of the work producing this book. We worked with fellow walk leaders from the Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line (FoSCL) to check the routes, and we continue to help lead many of the routes as part of FoSCL's free led-walks programme."

The book also includes details of 2 long distance trails: the very popular 24-mile Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge Route and the altogether tougher 48-mile Six Peaks Trail.

Publication of the first edition in 2011 inspired the creation of the Ride2Stride Walking Festival, which continues to go from strength to strength. This year's Festival will include four FoSCL led walks on consecutive days covering the whole Six Peaks Trail - a tough challenge indeed!

Dales Rail Trails, by Tony & Chris Grogan, costs £9.99 and is available online from Skyware Press, or from the FoSCL shop at Settle station.

See more of Dales Rail Trails here, the FoSCL Guided Walks programme here, and Ride2Stride here.

15 Jan 2020

Farmland to woodland

Trees planted alongside the River Ribble near Stainforth Force - Ribble Trust

The upland landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales are likely to change dramatically in the future, if suggested moves are taken to tackle the climate crisis.

The former chief scientific advisor to the government, Prof Sir Ian Boyd, has called for half the UK farmland to be switched from farmland to woodland, mostly in upland areas which are unsuitable for growing crops. He said such a change would see cattle and sheep production fall by up to 90%, with subsidies used instead for storing carbon.

"It would be much better to store carbon and water, grow trees and make land available for people to improve their health" he said.

Tree planting along riverbanks and feeder streams, such as the River Ribble, is already being employed to help reduce flooding. Restoration of blanket bogs on moorland such as Rombalds Moor is also being actively promoted.

In May a report from Rewilding Britain called for 25% of the nation to be returned to natural habitat.

Surprisingly, Brexit might prove a catalyst for change. The current EU system pays farmers grants according to the amount of land they own. The government plans to shift farm subsidies towards what it calls "public money for public goods" - a principle supported by Rewilding Britain.

Photo shows tree planting along the Ribble near Stainforth, courtesy of the Ribble Trust.

See Rewilding Britain here.

1 Jan 2020

Ingleborough Summit Shelter Repairs

Ingleborough's original toposcopic plaque is installed in 1952

The cruciform shelter on the summit of Ingleborough is to be rebuilt next year, with the bronze toposcope plaque at the centre being replaced.

The shelter can prove vital to walkers in the cold, wet and windy conditions that are often prevalent on the top of the iconic mountain - a favourite for Dales High Way walkers.

The overall structure of the summit shelter is in need of repairs and the plaque is almost illegible, due a combination of visitor damage and weathering on Yorkshire’s second highest peak.

Funding has been secured from the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust to repair the summit shelter and replace the bronze toposcope plaque with a new replica plaque, built within the structure of the shelter.

The original shelter was constructed by by Ingleton Fell Rescue (now CRO - the Cave rescue Organisation) to commemorate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.

A specialist drystone walling contractor, Lambeth Stonework, has been tasked with dismantling the structure and rebuilding the summit shelter as close to the original as possible.  A replica of the bronze toposcope plaque is to be produced and built within the structure. Materials will be helicopter airlifted in March 2020 with the repairs expected to be complete by Easter 2020, ahead of the busy Three Peaks Season.

The original plaque is expected to be displayed outside the CRO's depot in Clapham.

Photo shows the original toposcope plaque being installed in 1952 (Yorkshire Film Archive).

See film of the construction of the original shelter in 1952 here.

17 Dec 2019

Off-roaders stopped on bridleway

Off-roaders caught on bridleway at Weets Top

The drivers of four off-road vehicles were stopped last week as they drove along a public bridleway from Weets Top, along the route of A Dales High Way.

The vehicles were spotted by eagle-eyed National Park ranger Rob Ashford as they illegally made use of tracks reserved for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. Rob alerted the police at Settle, who intercepted the four vehicles as they made their way down towards Gordale, above Malham.

PC Harry Carpenter, of Settle Police, said: "Both the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and ourselves welcome responsible use of the rights of way within the national park but we will not tolerate inconsiderate and inappropriate use and will take positive action against offenders especially when damage is caused, as in this instance, to maintained paths."

All four drivers have been reported for motoring offences.

Off-road vehicles are permitted on tracks marked as Byways Open to All Traffic (BOATs), but the use of "mechanically propelled vehicles" (such as 4x4s) on footpaths, bridleways and restricted byways is banned under the CROW Act 2000.

Well done Rob!

See our previous story here.

3 Dec 2019

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A Dales High Way

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Dales High Way Guide Books


"Promoted through a superbly illustrated Companion booklet, rich in local geology, history and wildlife, with detailed OS-based maps in an excellent Route Guide, the Dales High Way is a sure-fire winner for all keen Dales walkers."
- Colin Speakman
Yorkshire Dales Review

David & Bridget walk a Dales High Way
Dales High Way - the film!
Nicola with Certficate & Guestbook at Appleby TIC

Dales High Way Certificate & Guestbook

Don't forget to call in at the Appleby Tourist Information Centre when you finish your walk to sign the Guestbook and collect your Certificate.

Appleby TIC in the Moot Hall

Dales High Way Lapel Badge thumbprint Dales High Way Lapel Badges

Celebrate your Dales High Way walk with this beautiful high quality enamel lapel badge.



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