News en route
High Way the hard way
A new women's record has been set this week for running
Dales High Way by Catherine Bradley-Richardson, who covered the
90-mile long distance trail in just 35 hours!
Catherine, who works for the Yorkshire Dales National Park
Authority, set off on Sunday morning, September 2nd. She had
pacer support from three runners for the first half, up to
Ribblehead, but finished the run on her own, late Monday
Her actual running time was 27 hours 19 minutes, with some
refreshment and rest stops along the way, where she had road
support at various locations.
Catherine had originally intended to join three runners who
tackled the trail in 2016, including a colleague at the National
Park. "I was unable to do it with Matt Neale due to injury 2
years ago...so let’s see what happens!" she said before the
In November 2016 three men, Matt Kneale, Mark Collinson and
Dave Dixon completed the run in just 26 hours.
Catherine said "It is such a fabulous and varied route. It
really does show off the Yorkshire Dales superbly! Although the
weather was poor from Sedbergh onwards it was still very
enjoyable! I was glad to have previously reccied the Howgills
section as it was thick fog and driving rain in Monday morning."
Wow. Well done Catherine!
9 Sept. 2018
Baildon Welcomes High Way walkers
Baildon Walkers Are Welcome group have chosen
A Dales High Way to launch their first
Walkers met up this morning at 9 a.m. to join walk leader
Paul Robinson for a 17-mile hike over Rombalds Moor to Ilkley
and Addingham, before crossing Skipton Moor for Skipton.
A Dales High Way was devised 10 years ago by Baildon Walkers
are Welcome Vice-Chair, Chris Grogan, and her husband Tony.
Chris is also secretary of the Friends of A Dales High Way and
has had a busy year organising a number of 10th anniversary
Some walkers had planned to leave the walk at Ilkley, whilst
another group were planning to join up with the walk at White
Wells for the final stretch to Skipton.
Baildon was awarded Walkers Are Welcome status in
2013 and have proved to be one of the more active groups in the
region. They organise a number of guided walks for all
abilities, from local town trails and family-friendly shorter
walks, to longer hikes.
The national Walkers are Welcome scheme started 11
years ago in Yorkshire. Hebden Bridge was the first Walkers are
Welcome town. Now there are over 100 towns and villages
accredited as Walkers are Welcome communities – including
Baildon, of course.
1 Sept. 2018
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