News en route
Rail strike blow to Trail plans
The announcement of new rail strikes has disrupted plans for
the final two Anniversary Walks by the Friends of A
Dales High Way.
With 7 of the 9 planned walks along the full length of A
Dales High Way - Walk the Trail 2018 - already
completed, the final two walks were scheduled for
the Saturdays of August 25th and September 8th.
But a series of strikes by the RMT rail union on Northern
services are earmarked for three consecutive Saturdays:- August
25, September 1 and September 8.
The walk planned for August 25th has been pulled back a week
to August 18th, as it involves using the Western Dales bus from
Dent which only operates on a Saturday. The walk heads from
Sedbergh over the Howgill Fells to Newbiggin-on-Lune, and
involves a stunning six-mile ridge walk with some of the finest
views in the Yorkshire Dales.
The final walk has been pushed on one day to Sunday September
9th, which will involve a much later start and finish. The walk
sets out from Newbiggin-on-Lune to cross the Orton Fells heading
down into the Eden Valley to finish at Appleby.
Chris said: "It's a real shame, as we have had to hastily
re-arrange the dates, which means a number of walkers who had
planned to join us will no longer be able to. But so far the
walks have been a
hugely enjoyable experience for all concerned."
14 Aug 2018
Shooters target birds of prey
Despite the breeding success of the Peregrine Falcons nesting
at Malham Cove, there is growing concern at the persecution of
birds of prey by game shooters.
North Yorkshire has the unwanted record of having more
confirmed incidents of raptor persecution than any other county
in England, with 54 incidents between 2012 and 2016 in which
species such as peregrine falcons, red kites and hen harriers
have been shot, poisoned and even caught in spring-loaded pole
traps that have been outlawed since Victorian times. North
says such crimes are particularly prevalent in areas where land
is managed for driven grouse shooting.
In a bid to tackle the problem, in February this year North
Yorkshire Police launched Operation Owl.
On Friday Andrew Sells, the Chair of Natural England,
welcomed efforts by the shooting community to safeguard and
conserve hundreds of hectares of land for wildlife, when he
spoke at the 60th Game Fair at Ragley Hall in Warwickshire. He said despite this work “more needs
to be done to ensure there is a balance between shooting and
Earlier this month a dead Red Kite was found near Bolton
Abbey by walkers. Initial tests indicated there was a piece of
shot in the body.
Doug Simpson, Yorkshire Red Kite Co-ordinator, said: “This
latest incident brings the total confirmed Yorkshire red kite
illegal persecution victims up to 42 since releases began in
1999. Thirteen of these birds having been shot. It is sickening
that a small minority of people appear intent on breaking the
law by targeting these birds, which have become an integral part
of our beautiful North Yorkshire countryside.”
In March this year The Yorkshire Dales National Park
Authority (YDNPA) published an ‘evidence report’ on birds of
prey persecution – which was first presented to a wildlife crime
summit held at the Authority’s offices in Bainbridge.
It says, “The collation of breeding data, the number of
confirmed persecution incidents and the absence of some species
from large areas of potentially suitable habitat provide
compelling evidence that illegal persecution is limiting the
populations of peregrine and hen harrier in the National Park,
and is preventing the colonisation of the area by red kites.
“There has not been a successful Peregrine nesting attempt on
any of the monitored grouse moor sites since 1997, with birds
now absent from the majority of sites that were occupied in the
1990s. This is in stark contrast to the success of nest sites
away from grouse moors. There is no natural
explanation for this difference.
“Despite large areas of potentially suitable nesting habitat,
there has not been a successful hen harrier nesting attempt in
the National Park since 2007. In addition, 11 (19%)
of the 59 hen harriers that were satellite tagged by Natural
England at sites across northern England and Scotland between
2002 and 2017 are classed as ‘missing, fate unknown’ in the
1 August 2018
Anniversary Walk reaches half-way point
Walk the Trail 2018 - a series of day walks following
High Way - has now passed the half-way point.
The event, organised by the Friends of A Dales High Way
to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the long-distance
began in May with a group of 14 walkers tackling the first
section from Saltaire to Ilkley.
Since then, a varying group of 22 walkers have completed 4
more sections, with the last yesterday being a stunning 11 mile walk
from Settle to Horton-in-Ribblesdale under a sweltering sun.
The next walk takes place on Saturday, July 28th. It's a 10.5
mile hike from Horton-in-Ribblesdale, climbing the mighty
Ingleborough before a steep descent to Chapel-le-Dale and a long
walk to Ribblehead along the lower south-eastern flank of
Anyone wanting to join the group needs to book in advance.
The remaining sections are all classed as strenuous and
involve a full days walking at a fairly brisk pace. The
remaining walks all take place from the Leeds to Carlisle train
leaving leeds at 7.48 a.m.
Future walks will also involve service bus, hired mini-bus or
taxi connections, with fares payable. Hence pre-booking is
Photo shows walkers at Weets Top (Gordan Tasker).
15 July 2018
Woofers walk the High Way
An entertaining new book by two dogs, Mollie and Digger, and
their human companion Julie Campbell, tells of their
fund-raising walk on A Dales High Way.
"The book tells the tale of our adventures along A Dales
Highway, plus some of our favourite trig pillar and reservoir
walks in and around the Yorkshire Dales" explains Julie. "It
contains lots of photos, a few maps, and we have also got some
cartoons and poems in there. Of course there is plenty of doggie
Their long distance walk is split into eight day walks,
spread over a year. They have lots of adventures and a few
scares - getting lost, being chased by cattle, yomping in bogs,
getting lost again, all whilst bagging a few trig points and
reservoirs along the way. They finished their walk exhausted but
"We would highly recommend this walk. It took us a while to
finish it but we loved every minute of it".
Trig Point Trekkers & Reservoir Dogs By Mollie,
Digger and Julie Campbell costs £10 plus £1.50 postage. You can
buy it by clicking the "shop now" button at the top of the Walk for
Wildlife and Woofers Facebook page, or just message Julie for
other options. Proceeds from the book go to support a number of
local wildlife and dog rescue organisations.
This is their second book; Tales of Two Sprollies includes
accounts of previous long distance walks, including The Dales
Way and Lady Anne's Way.
1 July 2018