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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"Stunningly Brutal" Dales High Way Ultra

Ryk and Helen start out to recce the Dales High Way Ultra, July 2020

Runners are gearing up to take part in the Dales High Way Ultra marathon next week.

The race covers the whole 90-mile Dales High Way - a route described as "stunningly brutal" by one runner after a recce of the route for the organisers last July.

Runners have up to 36 hours to complete the race, with an optional additional 10-mile loop up to High Cup Nick at the end, for those wanting to push the limit to 100 miles.

The race was initially planned for last May, but had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Due to current restrictions, all checkpoints will be outdoors, and only 21 runners are expected to participate. They will leave Saltaire on Saturday morning, May 8th on a staggered start from 6 a.m. onwards.

The race is organised by Punk Panther Ultra Marathons UK, led by Ryk and Bev Downes. The races are professionally organised, with established checkpoints along the route and qualified medical support. Each runner also carries a tracker so that their progress and position can be followed throughout.

Competitors can gain 5 or 6 points towards qualification to the prestigious Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB). The UTMB race involves around 106 miles (170km) of running and a circumnavigation of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Western Europe.

Members of the Friends of a Dales High Way will be running the race checkpoint at Settle on Saturday afternoon.

Photo shows Ryk Downes and Helen Clayman set off to recce the route in July last year.

See our previous posting here, and follow the race live on Track-Trail here.

1 May 2021

Gentleman Jack filmed in Saltaire

Gentleman Jack filming in Saltaire

Saltaire, at the start of A Dales High Way, once more became a film set as a section of the mill was made over into a busy street scene.

Work on the set continued for several weeks, building shop fronts, including a pub, a tailors and a chemists.

Filming took place over two days this week, with parking in lower Saltaire suspended for the duration. A huge white crane, with Warner Brothers set lighting and rigging written on it, was also at the filming location.

The new second season of the BBC/HBO drama, created by Sally Wainwright, covers the further adventures of 19th century landowner Anne Lister, played by Suranne Jones. Timothy West is amongst actors in the new series.

Other scenes were filmed nearby at Haworth Moor's Penistone Country Park in February.

See more about Gentleman Jack here, and Anne Lister here.

16 Apr 2021

Glovershaw Beck improvement

Glovershaw Beck repairs March 2021

A recently repaired section of path alongside Glovershaw Beck, near the start of A Dales High Way, has been improved further.

The path was originally repaired with an innovative "green revetment" last August, after floods had washed away a section of banking.

But further flash flooding over the winter had caused a partial collapse of the new banking. The original contractors returned to fix the problem, and over two days re-engineered and extended the revetment with a more contoured face.

The beck floor has also been cleared.

It is hoped the new look revetment will better carry the surge of flood water when it returns. The repair has come just as walkers begin to return for the new season.

See previous story here.

2 April 2021

View from the Riverbank


Three presentations on different environmental projects in the Eden Valley are on offer to all this spring, hosted by EDEN Rivers Trust (ERT).

View from the riverbank features three virtual talks via Zoom – river restoration, natural flood management and the eradication of invasive non-native species. It will begin with River restoration in the Upper Eden, Thursday, March 18, 6.30-7pm, with Lev Dahl, River Restoration Manager, who gives an exclusive virtual tour of a couple of recently completed river restoration projects in the Upper Eden.

Natural flood management in the Pennines follows on Thursday 22 April, with Dr. Jenny Garbe, the Trust's Natural Flood Management Project Manager, on covering leaky dams, tree and hedge planting, and how they all contribute to reducing the risk of flooding to Eden’s Communities at Risk.

Finally Ditching the invasive species in Trout Beck and beyond on Thursday 20 May, with Dr. Jenny Garbe, Trout Beck Project Manager and Jenni Payne, Volunteer Coordinator, who will talk about their battle against one of Eden’s most prolific alien invaders – Himalayan balsam.

The projects cover the Upper Eden valley, where A Dales High Way enters its final stage, finishing at Appleby-in-Westmorland. This part of the Westmorland Dales became part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park in August 2016.

Each 30-minute talk will be followed by a Q&A session where you can ask your burning questions. Joining in is easy, though you will need to register in advance to book your place. Once you have registered, you will be sent a confirmation email with the details of how to log in.

See details of the virtual talks here.

15 march 2021

Government Roadmap - when can Trail Walking Resume?

Walkers on a Dales High Way in Ravenstonedale

Walkers planning to tackle A Dales High Way this summer can begin planning in earnest, with the new government roadmap offering a potential timeline for the easing of current restrictions.

The 4-part roadmap suggests that by 17 May hotels, B&Bs and hostels can re-open, and by as early as 12 April walking holidays will be possible for those hiring holiday cottages or camping.

All the proposed dates are given as the earliest for each step change, subject to the success of the ongoing vaccination program and the continued reduction in the infection rate.

Travel restrictions remain in the initial stage, with some restrictions lifted on 8 March. By 29 March the "Stay at Home" rule ends, but the advice to only travel locally remains in force.

Step 2, on 12 April, expect an easing of travel restrictions, with non-essential retail opening and pubs, restaurants and cafes able to offer outdoor service. Self contained accommodation - holiday cottages and some camping facilities, will become available.

Step 3, on 17 May, sees outdoor events and entertainment open, with outdoor gatherings of up to 30 people allowed. Hotels, B&Bs and hostels reopen with pubs, cafes and restaurants able to offer table service indoors.

By 21 June, Step 4, all restrictions are expected to be lifted.

Social distancing and Covid-19  hygiene rules will continue throughout.

See the Government Roadmap in detail here.

1 March 2021

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Dales High Way Certificate & Guestbook

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