News en route
Friends lead walk for Ride2Stride
The Friends of A Dales High Way are leading a walk
on Friday, 3rd May as part of the 2019 Ride2Stride
Walking Festival. All are welcome.
The 9-mile circular walk starts at Settle Railway Station at
10.22 a.m., meeting the train from Leeds, and will be led by
Crags, Caves and Kilns is described as "an excellent walk
from Settle visiting Attermire Scar and returning via the
Hoffman kiln. "
The walk takes in sections of A Dales High Way
and is described as
"moderate", but walkers can expect some steep climbs, especially
in the first part of the walk.
Chris said "This is a stunning walk with some fantastic views
and lots to look at along the way. It's a long steep climb from
Settle to Victoria Cave but we think it's worth it and there
will be plenty of short stops for walkers to take a breather on
The walks are free, just turn up for the start on the station
There are 30 led walks in this years programme, with music at
various venues along the line every evening.
14 April 2019
Peregrine Viewpoint re-opens at Malham
A viewpoint will open at Malham Cove on Friday for people to
watch the world’s fastest animal, the peregrine falcon, up
The opening will mark the start of the 17th year of the
Malham Peregrine Project, a partnership between the Yorkshire
Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) and the RSPB.
The free public viewpoint is at the base of the Cove, where
Information Assistants and a team of volunteers will be on hand
to show people the birds through telescopes.
It will be open from 10:30 to 16:30 five days a week, from
Thursday to Monday (closed Tues and Weds), from Fri 5th April
until Mon 5th August.
RSPB Area Manager Anthony Hills said: ““We’re excited for
another season at Malham Cove. As the fastest animal on the
planet, the peregrines are incredible to watch. Each year there
is something new to discover about these special birds and it is
like a soap opera watching them raise their family on the Cove
face. And it’s not just the peregrines either, we get regular
views of other wonderful wildlife such as green woodpeckers,
redstarts, wheatears and kestrels.”
(Photo: Malham Peregrine Project).
2 April 2019
The First Dales Way Walk
Next week marks 50 years since the very first public walk
along a section of our big sister trail - The Dales Way.
On Monday, March 10th, 1969, the Yorkshire Evening Post
carried a major news feature outlining “A new Dales Way …. from
Ilkley to Lakeland“.
The article began: “Leeds, Harrogate and Bradford may soon by
linked to the Lake District by footpath. It is all part of a
projected new Dales Way mapped out by the West Riding branch of
the Ramblers Association.
“If you are interested, if you have a longing for fresh air
after this long dark winter of discontent, now is the time to
polish your best walking boots and get out your rucksack.
“You can become involved in this wonderful scheme by
presenting yourself at Ilkley Post Office on Sunday March 23, at
10.15 a.m. On that day members of the Ramblers Association are
to walk along the first 10 miles of the new Dales Way from
Ilkley to Burnsall, and members of the public are invited to
That cold March Sunday, over 130 people gathered to take part
in the first ever public walk along a section of the Dales Way.
Colin Speakman led them for the 12-mile trek to Burnsall, where
they caught pre-arranged buses back to Ilkley. It was a huge
That inaugural walk has been celebrated every decade since.
In 2019 the 50th anniversary of that first walk will take place
on Saturday, 3rd August.
The popular riverside trail was the inspiration for it's
tougher younger sister - A Dales High Way!
16 March 2019
Spirit of the Medieval Hunter
The route that most Dales High Way
walkers follow out of Skipton climbs steeply up Park Hill and
quickly offers great views back over Skipton Castle and forwards
to the distinctive peak of Sharp Haw.
There is another way though, an alternative route below the
castle walls and up through Skipton Woods where walkers are
greeted by a huge willow sculpture.
Skipton Woods are an ancient woodland and the sculpture,
‘Spirit of the Medieval Hunter’ with her bow and arrow,
reflects their past as the hunting and fishing grounds for
She was created last year by Anna and the Willow, a talented
artist from Ripon. Deeper in the woods is a willow pony.
Anna said "Ive been blown away by all the amazing feedback
and really pleased the sculptures sit so well in the ancient
The woods are cared for by the Woodland Trust, and
their permissive trails make a great alternative escape from
Skipton. Follow the Sougha Gill track to make
your way up and rejoin A Dales High Way by the A65 for Tarn
1 March 2019
Dales High Way with Three Peaks
An increasing number of walkers tackling A Dales High Way are
taking in all of the Yorkshire Three Peaks along the route -
Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside.
The official Dales High Way route includes only one of the
Three Peaks - Ingleborough - but offers Whernside as
an option. However, Pen-y-ghent does not feature.
It is possible, though, to include Pen-y-ghent in Section
Three, which runs from Settle to Chapel-le-Dale. The
suggested Pen-y-ghent - Three Peaks Alternative adds 4 miles, with an additional 300 metres of ascent, taking
around 2 hours extra. However, it also gives the opportunity to
break the Section at Horton-in-Ribblesdale.
Typical of this group of walkers is Ian, who flew up from the Channel
Islands last summer to walk the trail and has just posted a blog
about his adventures. "It is a tweaked version of the DHW,
missing out the first few miles and instead starting at Ilkley,
but aiming to include all of the Yorkshire 3 peaks. That's the
plan anyway" he said.
The Pen-y-ghent - Three Peaks Alternative cuts from
the main Dales High Way route at Stainforth Bridge, heading up
through Stainforth to join the Ribble Way, climbing to Moor Head
Lane and continuing north along the ridge to join the Pennine
Way. It then follows the Pennine Way up to the summit of Pen-y-ghent and
down to Horton-in-Ribblesdale, before heading for Ingleborough
to rejoin A Dales High Way above Crummackdale.
Did Ian have a good time?
"What a walk it has been. I am a relative novice when it
comes to long distance walks but this must be up there as one of
the best trails in England. Many have highlights but also some
‘by the numbers’ sections, but here every day had something
special, a unique feature, an achievement, an icon" he said.
"The 3 peaks formed the main event, but the appetizer was the
Malham area and the dessert the Howgill Fells. That’s a
sumptuous 3 courses!"
14 Feb 2019