News en route
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
Dales Events fall to Coronavirus
Outdoor events in Dales High Way country have been
postponed or cancelled due to the spread of Coronavirus.
With infections expected to peak in May, some events have
been pushed back to late summer, by which time it is hoped the
pandemic will have run its course.
The annual Three Peaks Fell Race which was due to be
held on the 25th April this year, has been rescheduled for
Saturday 26th September.
Organisers said "Our main concern over the infection risk was
the start and finish area where we have upwards of 1,200 people
in the marquee used for registration and the prize giving.
"Our decision should make it easier for people to plan other
events and avoid unnecessary travelling. The revised date of
26th September 26 will be confirmed as soon as possible. We are
working with the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority to
avoid clashes with other events planned for that weekend."
The 58th Fellsman Race, due to be held also on the
25th and 26th April, has been cancelled completely. The 61-mile
route starts in Ingleton, crossing Ingleborough and Whernside
before passing through Dentdale and on into Wherfedale to finish at
Threshfield. Around 400 runners participate.
Organisers said " This is not a decision we have taken
lightly and we are aware that many will be bitterly
disappointed. We wished to make the decision ourselves, before
it could be made for us."
The Punk Panther Ultra-marathon race along
A Dales High Way, originally scheduled for
Saturday May 9 - 10, involving up to 200 runners, has closed to
entrants until further notice.
HF Holidays have closed their country houses until at least
the end of April, which will mean that their planned Dales
High Way Walking Holiday for that month will have to be
re-scheduled or cancelled altogether.
All pubs and cafes along the route have now closed and great
efforts are being made by Walking Holiday providers and B&B's to
rearrange any planned bookings.
The 2020 Ride2Stride Walking Festival has been
cancelled for this year, though dates for next year have been
confirmed. Guided walks by the Friends of the
Settle-Carlisle Line (FoSCL), Friends of Dale Rails
(FDR) and the Ramblers have all been postponed
until after the current crisis.
Original article UPDATED: 21 March 2020.
14 March 2020
New edition of Route Guide
The third edition of A Dales High Way Route Guide is now
Fully updated, the slim book is specially designed for use as
the primary route guide for the walk.
The route is set out in a series of detailed strip maps at a
scale of 1:25,000. The book is robust, pocket-sized and the
detailed route maps carry instructions ON the maps themselves.
Each copy comes in an optional but handy, weather resistant
Colin Speakman, well known author and fell walker and
chairman of the Dales Way Association said: “It is a
particularly lovely route and because it is at a higher level to
the Dales Way, offers a different kind of experience. It
is also offers a marvellous introduction to the extended
Yorkshire Dales and Westmorland Fells National Park."
A Dales High Way is entering its twelfth year as a long
distance trail, and is proving increasingly popular with walkers
looking for an adventurous and challenging route.
This May it is to host an ultra-marathon race for up to 200
runners, who have to complete the 90-mile route in under 36
hours. The event is being organised by Punk Panther.
A Dales High Way Route Guide (Third Edition). ISBN:
978-1-911321-06-4 (Skyware Ltd) Feb 2020. £8.99
1 Mar 2020