A 90 mile walk across the glorious high country of the Yorkshire Dales
A Dales High Way Walk: a 90 mile walk across the glorious high country of the Yorkshire Dales

A Dales High Way

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Glovershaw Beck improvement

Glovershaw Beck repairs March 2021

A recently repaired section of path alongside Glovershaw Beck, near the start of A Dales High Way, has been improved further.

The path was originally repaired with an innovative "green revetment" last August, after floods had washed away a section of banking.

But further flash flooding over the winter had caused a partial collapse of the new banking. The original contractors returned to fix the problem, and over two days re-engineered and extended the revetment with a more contoured face.

The beck floor has also been cleared.

It is hoped the new look revetment will better carry the surge of flood water when it returns. The repair has come just as walkers begin to return for the new season.

See previous story here.

2 April 2021

View from the Riverbank

Smardale

Three presentations on different environmental projects in the Eden Valley are on offer to all this spring, hosted by EDEN Rivers Trust (ERT).

View from the riverbank features three virtual talks via Zoom – river restoration, natural flood management and the eradication of invasive non-native species. It will begin with River restoration in the Upper Eden, Thursday, March 18, 6.30-7pm, with Lev Dahl, River Restoration Manager, who gives an exclusive virtual tour of a couple of recently completed river restoration projects in the Upper Eden.

Natural flood management in the Pennines follows on Thursday 22 April, with Dr. Jenny Garbe, the Trust's Natural Flood Management Project Manager, on covering leaky dams, tree and hedge planting, and how they all contribute to reducing the risk of flooding to Eden’s Communities at Risk.

Finally Ditching the invasive species in Trout Beck and beyond on Thursday 20 May, with Dr. Jenny Garbe, Trout Beck Project Manager and Jenni Payne, Volunteer Coordinator, who will talk about their battle against one of Eden’s most prolific alien invaders – Himalayan balsam.

The projects cover the Upper Eden valley, where A Dales High Way enters its final stage, finishing at Appleby-in-Westmorland. This part of the Westmorland Dales became part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park in August 2016.

Each 30-minute talk will be followed by a Q&A session where you can ask your burning questions. Joining in is easy, though you will need to register in advance to book your place. Once you have registered, you will be sent a confirmation email with the details of how to log in.

See details of the virtual talks here.

15 march 2021

Government Roadmap - when can Trail Walking Resume?

Walkers on a Dales High Way in Ravenstonedale

Walkers planning to tackle A Dales High Way this summer can begin planning in earnest, with the new government roadmap offering a potential timeline for the easing of current restrictions.

The 4-part roadmap suggests that by 17 May hotels, B&Bs and hostels can re-open, and by as early as 12 April walking holidays will be possible for those hiring holiday cottages or camping.

All the proposed dates are given as the earliest for each step change, subject to the success of the ongoing vaccination program and the continued reduction in the infection rate.

Travel restrictions remain in the initial stage, with some restrictions lifted on 8 March. By 29 March the "Stay at Home" rule ends, but the advice to only travel locally remains in force.

Step 2, on 12 April, expect an easing of travel restrictions, with non-essential retail opening and pubs, restaurants and cafes able to offer outdoor service. Self contained accommodation - holiday cottages and some camping facilities, will become available.

Step 3, on 17 May, sees outdoor events and entertainment open, with outdoor gatherings of up to 30 people allowed. Hotels, B&Bs and hostels reopen with pubs, cafes and restaurants able to offer table service indoors.

By 21 June, Step 4, all restrictions are expected to be lifted.

Social distancing and Covid-19  hygiene rules will continue throughout.

See the Government Roadmap in detail here.

1 March 2021

New Online Map Tools to aid Trail Planning

Dales High Way Route map and features

Some new online map tools have been developed to help those planning to walk A Dales High Way.

The new map features have been developed by Skyware Press, who publish the Dales High Way Route Guide and Companion, and are free to use on this website.

Tony Grogan, co-author of the books and a director of Skyware, said: "We have been offering an online map of the route for some time, which allows people to zoom in and pan around and explore the route in detail. But, taking advantage of the current lockdown restrictions, we have spent some time adding new features, which we hope will help those planning and walking the route in the future."

The online map uses Ordnance Survey Map API mapping which shows topographical detail at several different zoom levels and allows users to explore the whole route with ease.

"There is a new feature which shows the Skyware strip-map coverage, as shown in the Route Guide, allowing the coverage to be seen in a wider context.

"There is also an new Geolocation Tracking feature, which is aimed at users of mobile devices like modern smartphones, which are GPS enabled. This allows you to track your position relative to the route, and hopefully will help reassure walkers when needed."

There are a couple of caveats: the geolocation tracking feature uses mapping which requires a good strong signal to download - which may be sometimes unavailable along the trail, especially in more remote locations. This feature also tends to drain battery charge quicker when in constant use, so should be used sparingly.

"These are still in early development, so we'd very much appreciate any feedback. Email us at "friends (at) daleshighway (dot) org (dot) uk and let us know what you think" said Tony.

These tools should only be used as an aid; walkers on the route should use the Route Guide or map and a compass for primary navigation.

See the new online detailed mapping here.

13 Feb 2021

Surprising Lockdown Stats for Dales National Park

Light pollution photo shows National Park Dark Sky Reserve

There were some very surprising results from visitor surveys in the Yorkshire Dales National Park through the Covid-19 pandemic last year.

Despite severe lockdowns in early spring and late autumn, visitor numbers overall remained high, with more first time visitors to the National Park and many more younger visitors.

The surprising stats were laid out by Kathryn Beardmore, director of Park Services, at the virtual meeting of the Park's Management Plan Annual Forum, which was held on 20 January.

Typically, only 44% of visitors are under 55 years old, but last year this shot up to 70%. For many this was their first visit to the Park, including a third of visitors to Malham and a half of visitors to Aysgarth.

Walking was one of the chief attractions, with as many visiting Malham Cove in between July and October as any other year, and more walkers climbing Pen-y-ghent in this period than previous years. Over 80% reported being "extremely satisfied" with their visit, despite many facilities being closed.

Pre-Covid tourism figures showed a steady increase between 2015 and 2019, with a 30% increase in staying visitors in the summer months (April to September), and a very welcome 40% increase in the winter months (October to March). Undoubtedly the award of International Dark Sky Reserve status for the National Park last December can only help.

PHOTO: Light pollution photo shows National Park Dark Sky Reserve.

See all the reports for the 2021 Dales National Park Management Plan Annual Forum here, and join the Dales Dark Skies Festival, 12-28 February, here.

1 Feb 2021

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