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Otley venue for anniversary fair
Otley Walkers Are Welcome are celebrating their own
10th anniversary next month with a Walkers Fair, which will
feature talks by original trail authors Colin Speakman and Chris
Colin will talk about 50 years of the Dales Way -
now one of the most popular long-distance walking trails in the
Chris will be talking about her upbringing on a Dales hill
farm and how that led her to create A Dales High Way.
Mike Bartholomew of the West Riding Ramblers will talk about
disabled access to the countryside.
As well as a variety of stalls, there will be the opportunity
to share experiences, photos, and maps about trails in Britain
or anywhere in Europe. "Walkers will tell walkers about routes
and areas they know: English, Scottish and Welsh trails, the
Italian Dolomites, Lapland, France and Germany, etc, etc.
Walking groups and interest organizations like the Ramblers will
The fair takes place on Sunday 18th November at the Otley
Courthouse from 11am till 4pm.
Chris has enjoyed a busy year celebrating A Dales High Way's
10th anniversary, with a series of talks about the trail at
various venues, and a number of led walks, which have all gone
The highlight of the year was undoubtedly the series of led
walks along the entire route, all achieved using public
transport. 22 walkers joined the event overall, starting off
from Saltaire on a bright May morning, and ending with a
triumphant September finish at Appleby-in-Westmorland (see photo
19 October 2018
Companion support for Mend Our Mountains
You can support the current Mend Our Mountains
campaign and pick up a signed copy of the new edition of A
Dales High Way Companion as a reward.
The current crowd-funding campaign has just three weeks to
run, with a target of £20,000 towards the £46.000 fund for the
improvement of a busy path leading to the summit of Whernside
from Bruntscar. This is a popular route for both Three Peaks
walkers, and Dales High Way walkers
taking the Whernside optional route.
Other rewards on offer include a handcrafted oak finger post
sign with inscription, a day out with a National Park
Ranger, a helicopter ride or an overnight stay in a local luxury
In 2016 Skyware Press, who publish the Dales High Way guide
books, supported a similar successful campaign to raise £17,000
for path repairs on Ingleborough. Chris Grogan said "Walkers
have had so much pleasure over the years from walking A Dales
High Way and we feel it's important to help put something back
into keeping these paths in good condition."
The rising popularity of the Three Peaks Challenge Route is
now causing major headaches for residents of
With an estimated 100,000 walkers taking on the challenge
each year, Richard Welch, a North Yorkshire County councillor
for Ribblesdale, told the Yorkshire Dales National Park
Authority (YDNPA) residents feelings were running high. "Every
weekend it is absolute pandemonium. The Three Peaks walk is
making people's lives a misery." he said.
A new Yorkshire Three Peaks Route Guide, produced by Skyware
Press this year, advocates starting and finishing the route at
Ribblehead, making use of the early morning train service from
YDNPA members have agreed to look at possible alternative
start points, routes and other options.
1 October 2018
High Way the hard way
A new women's record has been set this week for running
Dales High Way by Catherine Bradley-Richardson, who covered the
90-mile long distance trail in just 35 hours!
Catherine, who works for the Yorkshire Dales National Park
Authority, set off on Sunday morning, September 2nd. She had
pacer support from three runners for the first half, up to
Ribblehead, but finished the run on her own, late Monday
Her actual running time was 27 hours 19 minutes, with some
refreshment and rest stops along the way, where she had road
support at various locations.
Catherine had originally intended to join three runners who
tackled the trail in 2016, including a colleague at the National
Park. "I was unable to do it with Matt Neale due to injury 2
years ago...so let’s see what happens!" she said before the
In November 2016 three men, Matt Kneale, Mark Collinson and
Dave Dixon completed the run in just 26 hours.
Catherine said "It is such a fabulous and varied route. It
really does show off the Yorkshire Dales superbly! Although the
weather was poor from Sedbergh onwards it was still very
enjoyable! I was glad to have previously reccied the Howgills
section as it was thick fog and driving rain in Monday morning."
Wow. Well done Catherine!
9 Sept. 2018
Baildon Welcomes High Way walkers
Baildon Walkers Are Welcome group have chosen
A Dales High Way to launch their first
Walkers met up this morning at 9 a.m. to join walk leader
Paul Robinson for a 17-mile hike over Rombalds Moor to Ilkley
and Addingham, before crossing Skipton Moor for Skipton.
A Dales High Way was devised 10 years ago by Baildon Walkers
are Welcome Vice-Chair, Chris Grogan, and her husband Tony.
Chris is also secretary of the Friends of A Dales High Way and
has had a busy year organising a number of 10th anniversary
Some walkers had planned to leave the walk at Ilkley, whilst
another group were planning to join up with the walk at White
Wells for the final stretch to Skipton.
Baildon was awarded Walkers Are Welcome status in
2013 and have proved to be one of the more active groups in the
region. They organise a number of guided walks for all
abilities, from local town trails and family-friendly shorter
walks, to longer hikes.
The national Walkers are Welcome scheme started 11
years ago in Yorkshire. Hebden Bridge was the first Walkers are
Welcome town. Now there are over 100 towns and villages
accredited as Walkers are Welcome communities – including
Baildon, of course.
1 Sept. 2018
Rail strike blow to Trail plans
The announcement of new rail strikes has disrupted plans for
the final two Anniversary Walks by the Friends of A
Dales High Way.
With 7 of the 9 planned walks along the full length of A
Dales High Way - Walk the Trail 2018 - already
completed, the final two walks were scheduled for
the Saturdays of August 25th and September 8th.
But a series of strikes by the RMT rail union on Northern
services are earmarked for three consecutive Saturdays:- August
25, September 1 and September 8.
The walk planned for August 25th has been pulled back a week
to August 18th, as it involves using the Western Dales bus from
Dent which only operates on a Saturday. The walk heads from
Sedbergh over the Howgill Fells to Newbiggin-on-Lune, and
involves a stunning six-mile ridge walk with some of the finest
views in the Yorkshire Dales.
The final walk has been pushed on one day to Sunday September
9th, which will involve a much later start and finish. The walk
sets out from Newbiggin-on-Lune to cross the Orton Fells heading
down into the Eden Valley to finish at Appleby.
Chris said: "It's a real shame, as we have had to hastily
re-arrange the dates, which means a number of walkers who had
planned to join us will no longer be able to. But so far the
walks have been a
hugely enjoyable experience for all concerned."
14 Aug 2018