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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
Whernside footpath repairs completed
Work to repair a 200 metre section of path on Whernside,
above Bruntscar, has now been completed.
The section of path takes a battering from thousands of boots
each year, as a part of the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge
route. It is also a popular alternative route into Dentdale for
Dales High Way walkers.
£46,000 was needed for the repairs, and an appeal was
launched by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA)
in November 2017, as part of the British Mountaineering
Council’s Mend Our Mountains appeal.
Rewards on offer to donors included copies of the new edition
of A Dales High Way Companion, provided by publishers Skyware
Kate Hildich, YDNPA Area Manager for the Southern Dales, said
"I am pleased to be able to let you know that not only have we
been successful in raising £46,409, but that the works have now
also been completed on site. The works will of course take a bit
of time to ‘bed in’ and for the surrounding vegetation to
recover, but all feedback has been incredibly positive about the
improvements that have been made."
Photo shows the path before repairs.
1 June 2019
Wildlife walk celebrates public transport champion
A celebration of the life and interests of Dr John Disney was
held on Saturday, with four walks around Settle followed by a
reception at the Royal Oak.
John was a passionate advocate of integrated public
transport, a keen walker and a co-ordinator of the Friends of
the Settle Carlisle Line public walks programme. He died
suddenly on Saturday 20th October 2018, aged just 58.
The walks took in sections of A Dales High Way,
including an 8 mile walk to Austwick via Oxenber Wood, rich in
wild flowers at this time of year. John had a passion for
walking, gardening, the countryside and rural affairs.
John, born in 1960, was educated at Ilkeston Grammar School,
Nottingham University obtaining a degree in Mathematics followed
by a doctorate at Trent Polytechnic. He went on to be a senior
lecturer at Nottingham Trent University, specialising in
Business and Quality Management.
John was active in many circles. He was a member of the Royal
Statistical Society, a board member of the Dales and Bowland
Community Interest Company and supporter of the Friends of the
Settle-Carlisle Line. He had a special relationship with the
Derbyshire and Yorkshire Dales and campaigned actively to
maintain integrated rail and bus services into hard to reach
public spaces. Frequently he was consulted as an expert witness
on topics including HS2, rural rail and bus services, road user
charging and workplace parking. He also contributed to radio and
TV regarding such matters and was shortly to give evidence to
the House of Commons Transport Select Committee Inquiry into the
state of rural bus services.
12 May 2019
Friends lead visit to Crags, Caves & Kilns
After a week of sunshine, grey skies greeted
The Friends of A Dales High Way as they
led a walk above Settle to Attermire Scar, Victoria Cave and the
Hoffmann Kiln on Friday. But the sudden change in the weather failed to dampen
spirits, and the entire troupe finished off the day with a
celebratory drink or two in the Lion Inn.
The walk, part of this year's Ride2Stride Walking Festival,
set off 30 minutes late due to a train failure at Leeds. A steep
climb to the southeast by Preston's Barn, onto Stockdale Lane
and up beside Sugar Loaf Hill was rewarded with a short coffee
break to enjoy the stunning views of Attermire Scar and
Warrendale Knotts. A further sharp climb then to Victoria Cave
itself, where excavations have revealed evidence of the earliest
modern human occupation in the area some 11,000 years ago,
together with bone fragments of lion, hippopotamus and elephant
from before the last ice age!
After a lunch break at Jubilee Caves, the walkers headed down
to Stainforth, stopping along the way to admire the spectacular
long drop waterfall of Cattrigg Foss.
The incredible site of the Craven Lime Works, with a walk
through the eerie cavernous Hoffmann Kiln, provided a further
stopping point, before an easy afternoon ramble on a section of
A Dales High Way alongside the
River Ribble back to Settle.
Walk leader Chris Grogan said "Thanks to everyone who came
along. It's good to see old friends and new faces enjoying A
Dales High Way together."
4 May 2019