News en route
Saltaire Festival starts today
The annual Saltaire Festival starts today and runs throughout
the next 10 days.
It offers a real treat for walkers arriving to set off on
Dales High Way.
Saltaire Brewery Beer Festival will help the district unwind
over the first weekend, serving up beer and street food.
Live music will play around the village, including hotspots
like Caroline Social Club, Flash Cassette and the Buskers
Bandstand in the park. The festival will also bring a
weekend-long vintage home and fashion fair to Victoria Hall.
Ros Garside, events co-ordinator for Saltaire Festival,
explained this year's event will have a "nice, calm, family
friendly, community feel".
She said: "The first one (weekend) is more about community
and heritage and the second one is the big markets and music in
"Our key event is an exhibition called Weaving The Future
which is building on the fact this village was built on
textiles. We are hoping to see lots of people in the village."
The full programme for Saltaire Festival, including free
children's and young people's events, is available online.
13 Sept 2019
Saltaire becomes film lot
Victoria Square in Saltaire, at the very start of
A Dales High Way, was transformed into a
Victorian Lancashire street scene earlier this month for the filming of
a new TV series The English Game.
Saltaire has become one of the top film locations in the
region, due mainly to its remarkably preserved Victorian streets
and the iconic Salts Mill. It has, of course, enjoyed World
Heritage status since 2001.
The new 6-part series tells the story of the invention of
football and how it quickly rose to become the world's game by
crossing class divides. Produced by Netflix and written by
Julian Fellowes, the series is expected to be shown next year.
For several days shops were transformed in Saltaire, with one
becoming Darwen Post Office and others becoming greengrocers,
butchers and family homes. With a huge cast of extras the whole
exercise was an entertaining and impressive feat of logistics.
Darwen, a town in Lancashire near Blackburn, was home to the
first football club in the world to have paid professional
players, and was an early pioneer of professional football in
Filming also took place in and around a house on the cobbled
street of Saltaire's Albert Terrace, and in Bradford city centre
where horse drawn carriages and more actors in Victorian
clothing were seen filming outside City Hall.
31 Aug 2019
Double whammy for off road driver
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
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
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
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
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.
15 Aug 2019
1960's vintage bus for 50th anniversary walk
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
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.
4 Aug 2019