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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Double whammy for off road driver

Landrover stuck on Gorbeck Road (photo: North Yorkshire Police)

An off-road enthusiast who illicitly drove his Landrover Discovery on a restricted byway in the Yorkshire Dales, suffered a double whammy last week.

Firstly his vehicle got stuck when he slipped into a sink hole. Then his pleas for help via social media were quickly answered - by the local National Park ranger and a local policeman.

The 20 year old had taken his vehicle onto Gorbeck Road - a green lane that runs from Langscar Gate near Malham to Langcliffe and Settle. It forms part of the Pennine Bridleway Settle Loop and is subject to a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) banning its use to motorcycles and four by four vehicles.

The first section from Langscar Gate is also part of A Dales High Way.

Off-road access to Gorbeck Road has a chequered history. When the original TRO was imposed in 2008, it was initially succesfully challenged by the Motoring  Organisations’  Land  Access  & Recreation Association (LARA) and overturned. The track was soon turned into a rutted, muddy mess, but the TRO was reinstated in 2010, since when the track has recovered.

Pc Harry Carpenter, of Settle Police, together with Malham based Yorkshire Dales National Park ranger, Rob Ashford, located the man and his vehicle at about 10am the following morning, and with the help of a farmer and his tractor, pulled the Landrover out of the hole.

PC Harry Carpenter said:  “The circumstances were quite unusual in this case.  A lot of green lanes can be used legally, but we do have the odd rogue vehicle user who chooses to ignore restrictions on sensitive routes.  In this case the route runs through a Site of Special Scientific Interest and it was adjacent to the route where the vehicle got stuck .  We encourage people to come forward and report cases such as this, and we will endeavour to prosecute.”

It’s expected that the Bradford man will be summonsed to appear at Skipton Magistrates’ Court to face charges of breaching a Traffic Regulation Order.

See our previous posting here.

15 Aug 2019

1960's vintage bus for 50th anniversary walk

1960s vintage bus ferries Dales Way walkers back to Ilkley, Aug 3 2019

Walkers celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Dales Way in style yesterday. A recreation of the first public Dales Way walk - which took place in 1969 - was topped off with a return journey from Bolton Abbey to Ilkely in two vintage 1960's buses.

The single decker bus was identical to the one that ferried over 120 walkers back to Ilkley on Sunday March 23rd 1969. Leading both walks was veteran West Riding Rambler Colin Speakman.

Over 70 walkers gathered at Ilkley Old Bridge yesterday for the historic event. Stewarding was provided by volunteers from the Friends of A Dales High Way, along with Friends of DalesBus, and Friends of the Dales.

In the afternoon walkers made their way to Ilkley's Manor House, where an exhibition of 50 years of the Dales Way was formally opened by John Grogan MP. The free exhibition runs throughout August.

The Dales Way is one of Britains most popular long-distance walks and its generally easy riverside walking makes it a favourite first long-distance challenge for many walkers. It's younger sister trail - A Dales High Way - is an altogether tougher follow-up challenge.

See 50 years of the Dales Way here

4 Aug 2019

Two Dales Ways Walk

Two Dales Ways Walk - Dentdale

Chris and Tony Grogan will be leading a walk from Dent Station along the two Dales Ways this Thursday, July 18th.

The first part follows the Dales Way from Lea Yeat heading west along the southern side of Dentdale, renowned at this time of year for its colourful hay meadows.  The Dales Way celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

At Bridge End, where the Dales Way meets A Dales High Way to join up for a short riverside section into Dent,  the walk will turn to head southeast, following A Dales High Way as it climbs above Deepdale and along the Great Wold before dropping into Little Dale towards Ribblehead. A Dales High Way celebrated its 10th anniversary last year.

Chris and Tony, who created A Dales High Way, serve on the committees of both the Friends of A Dales High Way and the Dales Way Association. They are leading the free public walk on behalf of the Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line (Foscl).  The moderately strenuous walk of 10 miles includes one lengthy steep climb.

Chris said "We're really looking forward to this. They are both beautiful walks and Dentdale is my favourite of all the Yorkshire Dales."

No need to book in advance, just join the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle train that departs Leeds at 09:17 and join them on the station platform at Dent at 10.48. The return train leaves Ribblehead at 17.42, allowing for a refreshments break at the Station Inn.

See the Foscl Guided Walks Programme here.

16 July 2019

Dales Way Souvenir for first 50 Years

50 Years of the Dales Way

A special souvenir booklet celebrating the first 50 Years of the Dales Way  - one of our most popular and cherished long distance trails - is now on sale.

The booklet traces the extraordinary story of how the enthusiasm, determination and dedication of a small group of Ramblers 50 years ago turned their vision into reality.

It is beautifully illustrated with over 60 full-colour photos, including some rare and exclusive historical images. The special limited souvenir edition will be of interest to walkers everywhere.

The Dales Way was the inspiration for its younger, more challenging sister route - A Dales High Way.

The Dales Way Association is organising a number of events to celebrate this historic landmark including:-

  • A recreation of the very first Dales Way walk, which will take place on Saturday, August 3rd. Colin Speakman, will lead walkers from Ilkley to Bolton Abbey. Meet at the Old Ilkley Bridge at 10 a.m.
  • An exhibition about the Dales Way at Ilkley's Manor House, which opens on August 3rd after the walk. Admission is free.
  • An Ultra Marathon run along the full length of the Dales Way is being staged by Punk Panthers and will feature up to 250 competitors, both runners and fast walkers. The race will start on the morning of Saturday, 17th August 2019, and will be run over 36 hours, starting in the Lake District and finishing in Ilkley.

50 Years of the Dales Way by Colin Speakman and Tony Grogan, ISBN 978-1-911321-04-0, 28 pages, full colour, £4.99. Published by Skyware Press on behalf of the Dales Way Association (DWA), the booklet can be bought online for just £4.99 post-free, with proceeds going to the DWA.

Buy online from publishers Skyware Press here. See the DWA 50th anniversary celebrations here.

1 July 2019

Summer Newsletter Available now

Newsletter no. 6

The summer newsletter number 6, from the Friends of A Dales High Way, is now available to download.

The newsletter focuses on different approaches to walking the 90-mile long distance trail.

Chair of the Friends, Julia Pearson, reflects on walking A Dales High Way last summer in a traditional way, starting with a couple of day walks, then finishing with a 6-day hike, using a mix of camping and B&Bs.

Catherine Bradley-Richardson tackled the trail the hard way, setting a new women's' record of just 35 hours!

Chris Grogan outlines how we managed to walk the trail the slow way - as a series of day walks, using public transport, as part of the celebrations for the trail's 10th anniversary last year.

With careful planning it is possible for anyone to walk the entire trail this way, making use of the train along the world-famous Leeds-Settle-Carlisle line, along with an occasional bus link and a local taxi service.

Finally Bridget Izod takes a straw poll on the top 10 Dales High Way snacks people like to take with them on the trail. Is your favourite in there?

Download the 2019 Summer Newsletter no. 6 as a pdf here. See the Friends of A Dales High Way here.

14 June 2019

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