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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ride2stride 2024

Ride2Stride 2024

The popular Settle-Carlisle walking festival - ride2stride - is back again this year with a packed programme of free walks, talks and music. The festival, at the heart of Dales High Way country, runs from Tuesday April 30th to Monday May 6th.

The annual festival began back in 2012, but was sorely missed for a 3-year period during the pandemic. Its return last year proved to be very popular indeed.

In March the festival was picked by the Observer and Guardian newspapers as one of the top ten walking festivals in Britain: "An annual week-long celebration of the western Dales and Eden Valley, the festival’s varied programme of walks all begin and end at stations along the Settle-Carlisle line – one of the most spectacular stretches of train line in the UK. New for 2024 will be Trail Tasters, walks that offer the chance to sample sections of some of the region’s long-distance trails, as well as annual favourites and live music and entertainment at pubs in the area."

A visit to Giggleswick Chapel marks part of one of the walks on the first day. All the led walks are free and no prior booking is needed.

For a full programme see ride2stride.co.uk

10 April 2024

Saltaire and Skipton amongst best places to live

Saltaire shops 2024

Saltaire and Skipton are amongst the best places to live in the north and northeast region, according to the Sunday Times Guide for 2024.

Leeds was the winner for the region, being "the best place to live if you want to work hard and play hard in the biggest, buzziest city in the north."

Saltaire - the starting point for A Dales High Way, was described as "the best place to live if you fancy a funky village vibe within commuting distance of Leeds and Bradford."

The Guide notes: It was a model village built by the 19th-centuray mill-owner, wool baron and temperance titan Sir Titus Salt for his workers and now, two centuries later, Saltaire is a model address for 21st century living. Its streets echo with the clatter of Birkenstocks and chukka boots on the cobblestones, as everyone from creatives to teachers, techies to NHS workers is choosing to make BD18 their home.

Designated a Unesco world heritage site in 2001, surrounded by greenery yet only minutes from the cities of West Yorkshire, Saltaire is as posh as Bradford gets - but also as down to earth as the Yorkshire pudding, sausages and curry gravy served at the cheekily named bar Don't Tell Titus. "it's one of the most unusual places I've lived," says Saskia Brown, 36, a neurology nurse at Leeds General Infirmary and a Morris dancer. "The architecture is amazing and it just feels very safe. We even have a Facebook page for our local cats."

Skipton, first stop on A Dales High Way, was the overall winner in 2014. The guide says it is the best place if "You're up for a free-spirited, family friendly market town."

See our previous post here, and the Sunday Times Guide here.

20 Mar 2024

Dales High Way Slide Show

shipley talk with Chris Grogan

The new walking season kicks off with a chance to see an illustrated talk on A Dales High Way by Chris Grogan this month.

Chris Grogan, who created the route with husband Tony, is giving the illustrated talk at the invitation of the Shipley Library Slide Show Group.

Chris has presented a version of her popular talk at many venues since its inception in 2007.

Dales High Way guide books will be on sale and members of the Friends of A Dales High Way committee will be there to chat to.

The talk will be hosted at Shipley Library, 2 Wellcroft Street, in the town centre, at 7.30pm on Friday 15th March.

Doors open at 7pm, it costs £3 which includes a cuppa and everyone is welcome.

See the Shipley Library Slide Shows website here.

2 March 2024

Appleby Castle for Sale at £9.5m

Appleby Castle

The 12th century castle in Appleby is up for sale with a price tag of £9.5 million.

First site of the castle signals the final stretch for walkers on A Dales High Way.

The keep dates back to around 1100 and the castle changed hands between Scots and English several times before it was partly destroyed in the 1660s by a Royalist army during the English Civil War. Lady Anne Clifford subsequently began to restore it to its earlier glory.

The castle has been extensively restored over the last 20 years. It is now home to a hotel and events business, with private living space and a museum.

Its current owner, Sally Nightingale, who moved to Appleby in the 1990s, said she would always "carry" Appleby Castle in her heart. “Lady Anne was the most celebrated owner of Appleby Castle and I’ve tried to follow in her footsteps," Ms Nightingale said.

The castle was closed to the public for many years following a dispute between the owners and English Heritage, but was finally re-opened 10 years ago.

See the Appleby Castle website here.

12 Feb 2024

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A Dales High Way

An exhilarating Dales High Way waymark90 miles across the glorious high country of the Yorkshire Dales

Walk this spectacular landscape from Saltaire to Appleby-in-Westmorland

Explore its rich history, geology and culture

Return with a breathtaking train ride along England's most beautiful railway

More than just a walk

Dales High Way Guide Books


"Promoted through a superbly illustrated Companion booklet, rich in local geology, history and wildlife, with detailed OS-based maps in an excellent Route Guide, the Dales High Way is a sure-fire winner for all keen Dales walkers."
- Colin Speakman
Yorkshire Dales Review

David & Bridget walk a Dales High Way
Dales High Way - the film!
Nicola with Certficate & Guestbook at Appleby TIC

Dales High Way Certificate & Guestbook

Don't forget to call in at the Appleby Tourist Information Centre when you finish your walk to sign the Guestbook and collect your Certificate.

Appleby TIC in the Moot Hall

Dales High Way Lapel Badge thumbprint Dales High Way Lapel Badges

Celebrate your Dales High Way walk with this beautiful high quality enamel lapel badge.




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