News en route
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
Two Dales Ways Walk
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
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
Chris said "We're really looking forward to this. They are
both beautiful walks and Dentdale is my favourite of all the
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.
16 July 2019
Dales Way Souvenir for first 50 Years
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
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
- 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.
1 July 2019
Summer Newsletter Available now
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
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
14 June 2019