News en route
A new promotional video highlighting the attractions of the
Eden valley and surrounding area was premiered at the seventh
annual Eden Tourism Summit held at the Shap Wells Hotel
The video was met with a definite seal of approval from over
100 businesses who attended the Summit. ITV Border were there
for the day and provided great coverage on the news, including a
live broadcast at 6pm.
" We worked in partnership with Mulholland Media to produce
the 3 minute video, which gives the visitor a taste of what Eden
has to offer. This is a new marketing medium for us and we plan
to record more footage throughout the year, to update the video
Eden is a beautiful corner of Cumbria in the north of
England, taking in the lakes and mountains around Ullswater,
part of the Lake District National Park and the moorlands of the
North Pennines around Alston, an Area of Outstanding Natural
Beauty. In between, the River Eden flows through the rolling
countryside of the Eden Valley, including the Westmorland Dales
- part of the recently extended Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Dales High Way walkers who end
their journey in this beautiful corner of Eden, will undoubtedly
enjoy seeing what other delights the area has to offer.
2 November 2018
Otley venue for anniversary fair
Otley Walkers Are Welcome are celebrating their own
10th anniversary next month with a Walkers Fair, which will
feature talks by original trail authors Colin Speakman and Chris
Colin will talk about 50 years of the Dales Way -
now one of the most popular long-distance walking trails in the
Chris will be talking about her upbringing on a Dales hill
farm and how that led her to create A Dales High Way.
Mike Bartholomew of the West Riding Ramblers will talk about
disabled access to the countryside.
As well as a variety of stalls, there will be the opportunity
to share experiences, photos, and maps about trails in Britain
or anywhere in Europe. "Walkers will tell walkers about routes
and areas they know: English, Scottish and Welsh trails, the
Italian Dolomites, Lapland, France and Germany, etc, etc.
Walking groups and interest organizations like the Ramblers will
The fair takes place on Sunday 18th November at the Otley
Courthouse from 11am till 4pm.
Chris has enjoyed a busy year celebrating A Dales High Way's
10th anniversary, with a series of talks about the trail at
various venues, and a number of led walks, which have all gone
The highlight of the year was undoubtedly the series of led
walks along the entire route, all achieved using public
transport. 22 walkers joined the event overall, starting off
from Saltaire on a bright May morning, and ending with a
triumphant September finish at Appleby-in-Westmorland (see photo
19 October 2018
Companion support for Mend Our Mountains
You can support the current Mend Our Mountains
campaign and pick up a signed copy of the new edition of A
Dales High Way Companion as a reward.
The current crowd-funding campaign has just three weeks to
run, with a target of £20,000 towards the £46.000 fund for the
improvement of a busy path leading to the summit of Whernside
from Bruntscar. This is a popular route for both Three Peaks
walkers, and Dales High Way walkers
taking the Whernside optional route.
Other rewards on offer include a handcrafted oak finger post
sign with inscription, a day out with a National Park
Ranger, a helicopter ride or an overnight stay in a local luxury
In 2016 Skyware Press, who publish the Dales High Way guide
books, supported a similar successful campaign to raise £17,000
for path repairs on Ingleborough. Chris Grogan said "Walkers
have had so much pleasure over the years from walking A Dales
High Way and we feel it's important to help put something back
into keeping these paths in good condition."
The rising popularity of the Three Peaks Challenge Route is
now causing major headaches for residents of
With an estimated 100,000 walkers taking on the challenge
each year, Richard Welch, a North Yorkshire County councillor
for Ribblesdale, told the Yorkshire Dales National Park
Authority (YDNPA) residents feelings were running high. "Every
weekend it is absolute pandemonium. The Three Peaks walk is
making people's lives a misery." he said.
A new Yorkshire Three Peaks Route Guide, produced by Skyware
Press this year, advocates starting and finishing the route at
Ribblehead, making use of the early morning train service from
YDNPA members have agreed to look at possible alternative
start points, routes and other options.
1 October 2018
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