News en route
Skipton Gateway project to start next summer
Visualisation of new access to Skipton Railway Station
North Yorkshire County Council hope to have plans for a £7.8
million "Gateway" scheme for Skipton finalised by next June, with
work starting shortly afterwards. The project should be finished
by Spring 2023.
The project will improve access for walkers and cyclists from
the railway station, with additional links to the bus station,
town centre and the college.
A recent public consultation has shown overall support, but
with some adjustments needed.
North Yorkshire County Councillor Don Mackenzie said: “We are
looking at alternatives for Broughton Road by putting the cycle
lane on the highway as opposed to it being segregated from
traffic and we are also taking steps to calm traffic.
“The project has had good support overall and what it is
aiming to do is improve cycling and walking options not just for
residents but also visitors because Skipton is the gateway to
the Dales after all.
“When people arrive by train or bus we want them to feel like
they are right in the centre of an area with improved facilities
Walkers tackling A Dales High Way in sections make particular
use of the railway station.
The scheme is supported by the County Council, Craven
District Council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.
1 Aug 2021
Relief as Public Toilets reopen in Saltaire
Walkers planning to set out on A Dales High Way will be
relieved to find that the public toilets in Saltaire, shut for
four years, have reopened after a £15,000 refurbishment.
The block at the Caroline Street car park was closed along
with the Saltaire Tourist Information Centre by Bradford Council
as a cost-saving measure - a move that was much criticised as a
retrograde step for a World Heritage site.
Two months ago the newly formed Shipley Town Council decided
to take over the licence to run the site, rent-free from the
District Council, initially on a year's trial basis.
The money has been used to deep-clean the facilities, repaint
it in the heritage colour "Saltaire Green" and generally repair
The toilets will be open between 8am and 8pm during the
summer months, in normal circumstances, including weekends.
There will be no charge and they will be cleaned once per day.
Councillor Mike Connors, Chair of Shipley Town Council, cut
the ribbon on the refreshed toilet block last Saturday.
He said: "We ultimately owe the re-opening of this
much-needed facility to Robbie Martin, who had the foresight to
successfully petition for the creation of Shipley Town Council.
Without the new town council, it is unlikely that Saltaire's
toilets would have been re-opened in 2021, if ever."
19 July 2021
New Group for Dales High Way walkers
Social media has always played an important part in letting
people know all about A Dales High Way. The Friends' have their
own Facebook Page which they use to pass on the latest
information about the trail.
However, more recently Facebook Groups have grown in
popularity, allowing members to communicate directly with each
other, to ask and answer questions and to share tips, photos and
So the Friends have launched a brand new Dales High Way
Group, which is open to anyone who has or plans to walk or run
The first batch of members are already engaged in sharing the
latest news with each other and those who are currently on the
"I really love to see people's photos and hear their tales,"
said Chris Grogan, who administers the Group.
" I am sure the Group will be very useful for those planning
to tackle the challenge that is A Dales High Way. It is a great
way of letting walkers engage directly with each other, sharing
tips, answering queries and supporting those setting off for the
New members have to request to join the group and are
approved by the admin Chris. It's a very easy process.
8 July 2021
Friends' Summer Newsletter 2021
The new Summer Newsletter of the Friends of A Dales High
Way is now available as a downloadable pdf file.
It's been a strange year, but thankfully we are beginning to
get back towards some sort of normality, and walkers are
returning to walk A Dales High Way
Julia Pearson, who chairs the Friends, considers what wild
treats can be found along the Way, as she bumps into some
walkers just setting out along the route for the second time.
There's an in-depth account of the very first Ultra-marathon
race along the trail, run by Punk Panther Marathons. Winner
Daniel Hendriksen completed the 90-mile run in under 21 hours!
The Friends' were on hand running the checkpoint at
Bradford Council has been busy with some important upgrades
to the route that falls in their patch, along with improvements
on Ingleborough courtesy of the Yorkshire Dales National Park
The return to full normality - expected on June 21st - has
been put on hold for at least a month, as there are worrying
signs of a further wave of infections. But hopefully the
roll-out of vaccinations will help us get there soon.
In the meantime, get back out on the Fells once more and
enjoy the summer!
19 June 2021
New footway alongside busy Otley Road section
A potentially dangerous short road section near the start of
A Dales High Way has been made safe, thanks to work by Bradford
Council's Highways department.
The 200 metre road section leads from Weecher Reservoir onto
Bingley Moor. Traffic along this stretch is very fast and the
only verge on one side was difficult on foot due to a drainage
ditch. This has now been stabilised and filled over with gravel,
and bollards have been erected to separate it from the traffic.
The improvement had been requested by walkers from the
local Walkers are Welcome groups and the Friends of A Dales
High Way. The section is used by other local trails, including
the Welcome Way and Bradford Millenium Way.
Originally it was anticipated that walkers' groups would raise
money towards the cost of the work, but in the end the council
received additional government funding to cover the full cost.
This means a much safer passage for walkers. Our thanks must
go to Kevin Whittaker of Bradford Highways in particular for
making this happen!
1 June 2021