News en route
The new Summer Newsletter from the Friends of A Dales High
Way is now available.
Though things have been quiet over the last three months due
to Covid-19 restrictions, there's still plenty to celebrate over
the last year.
Building Bridges is the theme of an article from our
Secretary Chris Grogan on the conflicting pressures on rural and
urban communties following the pandemic.
There's a feature on the Top Ten Wildlife you might
expect to spot on the walk, and excerpts from social media of a well-known TV celebrity who has been exploring
Dales High Way country over the winter, in ALL weathers!
There's also the latest news updates and a tough Dales High
Way Wordsearch to keep you entertained.
Like so many other volunteer organisations this year, the Friends' committee held their Annual
Meeting by Zoom.
But as restrictions begin to ease and the
prospect of B&Bs and pubs re-opening in the near future, walkers
will once again return to enjoy the wonderful landscapes of the
Yorkshire Dales and Eden Valley.
1 July 2020
Top Gear's High Way Spin
A trio of supercars have been touring Dales High Way country,
as the BBC filmed an episode of the TV series Top Gear this
On Tuesday the Station Inn at Ribblehead, a favourite with Dales High Way walkers, posted several pictures and added:
"So after almost three months of isolation following closure on
March 23rd today we were delighted to welcome the team Top Gear
to The Station Inn who used our car park as a base whilst
filming for the upcoming new series. A great bunch and a manic
day for both them and their cars. The Yorkshire weather mainly
held off and even the RAF popped by to take a look!!
"Hopefully we will eventually get a green light to open The
Inn so everyone can enjoy this fabulous place !!"
Unfortunately Top Gear presenter Paddy McGuinness came a
cropper shortly afterwards running his red Lamborghini Diablo
off the road and into a field on the way to Hawes. Fortunately
he was unhurt. The TV star wrote on Instagram he had had a "bit
of a prang" but insisted things were "all nice and bonny".
Dales High Way walkers generally enjoy the countryside at a
more leisurely and safer pace.
18 June 2020
Crowds Return as Lockdown Eases
Large crowds are flocking back to Yorkshire Dales honey-spots
as the government eases restrictions on the Covid-19 Lockdown
The relaxation of rules comes at the end of a Spring which
has proved to be the sunniest in England since records began.
The National Park Authority re-opened car parks in mid May,
following the government's new guidelines on exercise and
leisure, which permitted travel for any distance to walk. As
expected, Horton-in-Ribblesdale and Malham in particular proved
On the following Bank Holiday weekend, car parks quickly
filled and there were real problems with traffic at Malham.
The National Park Authority is urging travellers to check
their Car Park Status Webpage in the Dales before travelling.
Last Thursday Mark Sadler, Communications Manager with the
National Park said "Experience of recent weekends indicates that
car parks in the south of the National Park – especially Malham
and Horton-in-Ribblesdale – fill up early and quickly. We would
therefore recommend, in addition to regularly checking the
status of car parks, that people consider using car parks and
walks in other parts of the National Park. "
By Saturday afternoon, though, most of the car parks were
already full (see image).
Footpaths are open for walkers, including A Dales
High Way, though at the moment only for day walks.
Campsites are expected to be the first accommodation sites to
open in the near future. B&Bs, hotels, restaurants and pubs are
likely to be the last to reopen their doors to travellers.
But it is a good time to restart planning.
1 June 2020
This week would have seen the 9th annual Ride2Stride Walking
and Music Festival, but Covid-19 has meant the busy programme
has been put back to 2021.
This week-long free festival of walks, talks and music
covering Dales High Way country using stations along the line of
the world-famous Settle-Carlisle railway has proved to be
incredibly popular, attracting participants from across the
country and the globe!
One of the special features of this years' programme was the
inclusion of a complete long distance trail for the first time -
the Six Peaks Trail was to be covered on four consecutive days.
This challenging 48-mile hike takes in 6 major peaks,
including the famous Yorkshire Three Peaks of Pen-y-ghent,
Ingleborough and Whernside, along with Great Knoutberry, Swarth
Fell and Wild Boar Fell. With a total ascent of over 3
kilometres, this is not for the faint-hearted.
The first day from Settle to Horton on Wednesday would have
taken in Pen-y-ghent. Thursday would have been especially tough
taking in both Ingleborough and Whernside to finish at
Ribblehead. Today was to have crossed Blea Moor and over Great
Knoutberry to finish in Garsdale. Tomorrow would have seen the
final leg crossing Swarth Fell and the magnificent Wild Boar
Fell before dropping to Kirkby-Stephen.
Each leg would offer the comfort of a pub to finish and music
from some of the best session musicians in the region. Anyone
completing all four legs would have received a special
certificate of achievement.
Alas, this year we can only dream, but why not join Bridget
and David on their video diary of day 3 filmed in 2016 (above), and
See you all next year hopefully!
1 May 2020
Rights of Way remain open to locals
Public footpaths will remain open for local walkers, in order
to exercise safely during the current Covid-19 pandemic.
A Dales High Way is closed to
long-distance walkers for the time-being, but sections remain
open to locals who live along the route.
Last week the Yorkshire Dales National park Authority spelt
out clearly its position on public footpaths in the area. In a
published statement, Mark Sadler, Communications Manager with
the YDNPA, said: "We have received concerns from some members of
the public about rights of way remaining open at the present
"At present we believe public rights of way in the Yorkshire
Dales National Park provide an opportunity for local people to
take exercise, physical and spiritual, and get some fresh air in
these difficult times. These paths should not be blocked or
"It is also important to stress that people should not be
making special journeys to access them. Travel to exercise is
NOT essential travel and people should not be travelling to do
their daily exercise."
There was major concern at the number of people driving up to
Malham and other areas a fortnight ago.
The statement continues "Where rights of way pass close to,
or through residential and agricultural properties, it is
important that the existing Government advice regarding social
distancing and hand washing is adhered to."
Nick Cotton, Member Champion for recreation management said:
“Walking or cycling in the Yorkshire Dales, carried out
responsibly, with social distancing from other people, is an
excellent way to maintain our physical and mental health. These
are both vital components in keeping our strength and
maintaining our spirits through the Covid-19 crisis. The days
are getting longer and we should channel the energy of
springtime to help us face the future with positive feelings of
rebirth and renewal”
3 April 2020