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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Fire devastates Ilkley Moor

Fire on Ilkey Moor - James Kelly

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 weekdays).

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.

See the BBC report here and the Bradford Telegraph & Argus here.

21 Apr 2018

Friends lead walk for Ride2Stride

Above Winskill

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 Chris Grogan.

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 way."

The walks are free, just turn up for the start on the station platform.

There are 30 led walks in this years programme, with music at various venues along the line every evening.

See the Ride2Stride website here.

14 April 2019

Peregrine Viewpoint re-opens at Malham

Peregrines at Malham Cove

A viewpoint will open at Malham Cove on Friday for people to watch the world’s fastest animal, the peregrine falcon, up close.

The opening will mark the start of the 17th year of the Malham Peregrine Project, a partnership between the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) and the RSPB.

The free public viewpoint is at the base of the Cove, where Information Assistants and a team of volunteers will be on hand to show people the birds through telescopes.

It will be open from 10:30 to 16:30 five days a week, from Thursday to Monday (closed Tues and Weds), from Fri 5th April until Mon 5th August.

RSPB Area Manager Anthony Hills said: ““We’re excited for another season at Malham Cove. As the fastest animal on the planet, the peregrines are incredible to watch. Each year there is something new to discover about these special birds and it is like a soap opera watching them raise their family on the Cove face. And it’s not just the peregrines either, we get regular views of other wonderful wildlife such as green woodpeckers, redstarts, wheatears and kestrels.”

(Photo: Malham Peregrine Project).

See up-to-date news at the Nature in the Dales Facebook page here.

2 April 2019

The First Dales Way Walk

Grandsire Viewpoint near the end of The Dales Way

Next week marks 50 years since the very first public walk along a section of our big sister trail - The Dales Way.

On Monday, March 10th, 1969, the Yorkshire Evening Post carried a major news feature outlining “A new Dales Way …. from Ilkley to Lakeland“.

The article began: “Leeds, Harrogate and Bradford may soon by linked to the Lake District by footpath. It is all part of a projected new Dales Way mapped out by the West Riding branch of the Ramblers Association.

“If you are interested, if you have a longing for fresh air after this long dark winter of discontent, now is the time to polish your best walking boots and get out your rucksack.

“You can become involved in this wonderful scheme by presenting yourself at Ilkley Post Office on Sunday March 23, at 10.15 a.m. On that day members of the Ramblers Association are to walk along the first 10 miles of the new Dales Way from Ilkley to Burnsall, and members of the public are invited to take part.”

That cold March Sunday, over 130 people gathered to take part in the first ever public walk along a section of the Dales Way. Colin Speakman led them for the 12-mile trek to Burnsall, where they caught pre-arranged buses back to Ilkley. It was a huge success.

That inaugural walk has been celebrated every decade since. In 2019 the 50th anniversary of that first walk will take place on Saturday, 3rd August.

The popular riverside trail was the inspiration for it's tougher younger sister - A Dales High Way!

See the Dales Way Association website here.

16 March 2019

Spirit of the Medieval Hunter

Spirit of the Medieval Hunter

The route that most Dales High Way walkers follow out of Skipton climbs steeply up Park Hill and quickly offers great views back over Skipton Castle and forwards to the distinctive peak of Sharp Haw.

There is another way though, an alternative route below the castle walls and up through Skipton Woods where walkers are greeted by a huge willow sculpture.

Skipton Woods are an ancient woodland and the sculpture, ‘Spirit of the Medieval Hunter’ with her bow and arrow, reflects their past as the hunting and fishing grounds for Skipton Castle.

She was created last year by Anna and the Willow, a talented artist from Ripon. Deeper in the woods is a willow pony.

Anna said "Ive been blown away by all the amazing feedback and really pleased the sculptures sit so well in the ancient woodland."

The woods are cared for by the Woodland Trust, and their permissive trails make a great alternative escape from Skipton. Follow the Sougha Gill  track to make your way up and rejoin A Dales High Way by the A65 for Tarn Moor.

See Anna and the Willow's work here, the Woodland Trust here, and see the Skipton Alternative Routes here.

1 March 2019

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