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

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Ingleborough Rescue Highlights Concerns

Ingleborough rescue on Jan 10 2021 by CRO - photo Paul Moore

Concerns that people are ignoring Covid-19 restrictions to visit the Yorkshire Dales were highlighted this weekend when two walkers had to be rescued from the summit of Ingleborough.

Volunteers from the Cave Rescue Organisation (CRO) based in Clapham were called out by North Yorkshire Police at 4.30 pm on Sunday, after a couple of walkers had lost their way on the summit due to low lying fog, ice and snow.

The CRO noted that the couple, who had driven up from Rochdale, had set off at 1 pm, wearing lightweight jackets and smooth-soled footwear as well as using Google Maps for navigation.

Superintendent Mike Walker said: “This couple were incredibly fortunate to have come through this experience without injury and be able to tell the tale. We very clearly advised members of the public this weekend to stay at home and when taking exercise, stay local to stop the spread of Covid.

"Quite simply driving miles and miles, out of your village, town or city to visit an open space is not a necessary journey and is not acceptable. Neither is arriving at a challenging walking location, inexperienced and unprepared in treacherous weather conditions.

"By making an irresponsible and ill-informed decision, the safety of others such as the Cave Rescue Organisation volunteers is also put in jeopardy and if any injury resulted, pressure upon already stretched NHS resources."

On the same day another walker was rescued from the hillside below Blua Crags, above Settle, after she slipped on steep, frozen ground, sustaining a suspected ankle fracture.

See the Cave Rescue Organisation here

14 Jan 2021

New Year - New Hope

HF Holidays

After a year to forget, at last there's hope that 2021 will be different. Today the new Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine begins being administered to people across the country.

The government intends that over 20 million of the most at-risk citizens will have been vaccinated by April. With their current record of delivering on plans though, that seems optimistic. But by early summer we should be able to return to long-distance walking, even walking holidays - as we did briefly in the late summer of 2020.

It comes at a time when second wave infections and hospitalisations due to the new Covid-19 strain are passing the peak of the first deadly wave last April. But hopefully this will begin to be reversed as the vaccine is rolled out in numbers.

At the moment, only local people are eligible to go out walking along sections of A Dales High Way. North Yorkshire now falls within tier 3, Cumbria falls within tier 4. In these tiers you should avoid travel outside your local area. These restrictions look likely to be tightened, at least in the short term.

But now is the time to be optimistic and start planning for the summer, when hopefully once again we can set off across the glorious high country of the Yorkshire Dales and Eden valley.

See the latest Yorkshire Dales National Park Covid-19 update here.

4 Jan 2021

Ingleborough path repairs near completion

Repairs to Ingleborough High Lot

Work to repair the steep section of footpath between Chapel-le-dale and Ingleborough, which rises from Humphrey Bottom to the foot of the Swine Tail summit section, is expected to be completed by Christmas. The path is now open for walkers again whilst contractors finish various landscaping tasks..

This tricky section has provided many a hair-raising moment for walkers on A Dales High Way, but the new blocked paving looks much easier to negotiate.

The former stone pitching, in place since 1986, was crumbling and has been removed, to be replaced with large gritstone blocks. The blocks were sorted by the contractors - Terra Firma Environmental Ltd - from a nearby boulder field on the flanks of Ingleborough, stacked in helicopter bags and airlifted onto the public footpath at the end of July 2020.

The works then started in August 2020 along with a closure of the steepest section of the High Lot public footpath. A temporary diversion 1 km further along the north-eastern ridge proved unpopular with 3 Peaks Challenge walkers.

Rob Ashford, National Park Area Ranger for Malhamdale & Ribblesdale who is overseeing the project, said "Removal of the existing stone pitching, installation of the new stone pitching with the large gritstone blocks, drainage and associated landscaping has been ongoing since August and we're coming to end of the project. We're hoping the footpath will be finished and open for Christmas, although the recent snowfall has made it a bit harder for the contractors."

See our previous post here, and the Friends of the Three Peaks here.

16 Dec 2020

Skipton High Street on Countryfile

BBC Countryfile filming in Skipton

BBC Countryfile's presenter Tom Heap spent time in Skipton last week, filming for the popular TV series. He was in the High Street, looking at the effects of the lockdown on the town.

He talked to Shipley artist Jenny Tribillon, a signwriter and window artist who originates from the South of France. Jenny has been commissioned by the Skipton Business Improvement District (BID) to transform some of the empty shop windows into painted winter scenes. They chatted as she put the finishing touches to a mural on the end of the former Edinburgh Woollen Mill store between the High Street and Sheep Street.

Jenny, known as Jenny Froglet, was trained in window painting by the American artist Leslie Ronald. She said she was very pleased with the way the windows had turned out with many people telling her how they brightened up the High Street.

Tom also talked to staff at Jenson Samuel as they prepare to reopen the men's wear shop this week when this latest lockdown is lifted and Skipton moves into Tier 2 level of restrictions.

Skipton has repeatedly been shown to be one of "the happiest places to live" in surveys undertaken by the Office for National Statistics and others. Property website RightMove was the latest to give it the accolade last week after a survey of 21,000 respondents. It is a major stopover point for walkers on A Dales High Way.

The filming is due to be televised on Sunday, December 13.

See BBC's Countryfile here, and Skipton BID here.

1 Dec 2020

A Tale of Two Bogs

Flagged path fixed over bog on Ilkley Moor

On November 8 a walker posted a warning message on the Ilkley Chat Facebook page:

"Walkers and runners please be careful on the valley side of the stoned section of the Dales Highway, there’s a VERY DEEP BOG. I saw a runner ended up to his waist. I went to help and the stone slab tilted and ended too nearly stuck. It's a section heading away from ilkley just before you can turn left to 12 Apostles (or right to head towards a Keighley gate). I’ll try get a message to the Council. This is very dangerous. There was unfortunately no wood or debris to make a warn cairn."

The post went viral very quickly, with 82 shares and over 100 comments.

Meanwhile, workers and volunteers from Moors for the Future were out elsewhere on Ilkley Moor, planting sphagnum moss to help regenerate the moor's bogs, a major contributor to carbon capture and the fight against the climate change catastrophe. The 5 year, £15 million EU funded project - MoorLife 2020 - will protect the health of 95 square kilometres of active blanket bog in the South Pennines.

Rangers from Bradford Council's Countryside Service were out the next day and fixed the flagged path. The bog will take a little longer to recover.

It's perhaps worth remembering that the flagging of the path here - using old mill flags from Manchester - was only undertaken in 2011. Until that time walkers and runners had to cover the trail as best they could, with just a little wooden boardwalk to help.

And the flagging wasn't installed in the first place for the benefit of walkers or runners, but to protect the bogs from the erosion they caused!

See Moors for the Future here, and our previous posting here.

15 Nov 2020

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