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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Skipton Gateway project to start next summer

Skipton Gateway plans for station access

Visualisation of new access to Skipton Railway Station (above).

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 for all.”

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.

See more on the Skipton Gateway scheme here.

1 Aug 2021

Relief as Public Toilets reopen in Saltaire

Toilet block at Saltaire reopens

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.

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."

See Shipley Town Council's website here

19 July 2021

New Group for Dales High Way walkers

Dales High Way Facebook Group

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 film.

So the Friends have launched a brand new Dales High Way Facebook Group, which is open to anyone who has or plans to walk or run the route.

The first batch of members are already engaged in sharing the latest news with each other and those who are currently on the trail.

"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 first time."

New members have to request to join the group and are approved by the admin Chris. It's a very easy process.

Apply to join the Dales High Way Facebook Group here.

8 July 2021

Friends' Summer Newsletter 2021

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 once again.

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! Remarkable.

The Friends' were on hand running the checkpoint at Settle.

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 Authority.

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!

Download the Summer Newsletter as a pdf file here.

19 June 2021

New footway alongside busy Otley Road section

The new footway created alongside the busy Otley/Bingley Road

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!

See Baildon Walkers are Welcome here.

1 June 2021

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