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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Summer Newsletter

Summer Newsletter 2020 No. 7

The new Summer Newsletter from the Friends of A Dales High Way is now available.

Though things have been quiet over the last three months due to Covid-19 restrictions, there's still plenty to celebrate over the last year.

Building Bridges is the theme of an article from our Secretary Chris Grogan on the conflicting pressures on rural and urban communties following the pandemic.

There's a feature on the Top Ten Wildlife you might expect to spot on the walk, and excerpts from social media of a well-known TV celebrity who has been exploring Dales High Way country over the winter, in ALL weathers!

There's also the latest news updates and a tough Dales High Way Wordsearch to keep you entertained.

Like so many other volunteer organisations this year, the Friends' committee held their Annual General Meeting by Zoom.

But as restrictions begin to ease and the prospect of B&Bs and pubs re-opening in the near future, walkers will once again return to enjoy the wonderful landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales and Eden Valley.

Read the Friends' summer newsletter here.

1 July 2020

Top Gear's High Way Spin

Top Gear filming at the Station Inn

A trio of supercars have been touring Dales High Way country, as the BBC filmed an episode of the TV series Top Gear this week.

On Tuesday the Station Inn at Ribblehead, a favourite with Dales High Way walkers, posted several pictures and added: "So after almost three months of isolation following closure on March 23rd today we were delighted to welcome the team Top Gear to The Station Inn who used our car park as a base whilst filming for the upcoming new series. A great bunch and a manic day for both them and their cars. The Yorkshire weather mainly held off and even the RAF popped by to take a look!!

"Hopefully we will eventually get a green light to open The Inn so everyone can enjoy this fabulous place !!"

Unfortunately Top Gear presenter Paddy McGuinness came a cropper shortly afterwards running his red Lamborghini Diablo off the road and into a field on the way to Hawes. Fortunately he was unhurt. The TV star wrote on Instagram he had had a "bit of a prang" but insisted things were "all nice and bonny".

Dales High Way walkers generally enjoy the countryside at a more leisurely and safer pace.

See The Station Inn Facebook page here, and the Top Gear website here.

18 June 2020

Crowds Return as Lockdown Eases

YDNPA Car park Status 30May2020

Large crowds are flocking back to Yorkshire Dales honey-spots as the government eases restrictions on the Covid-19 Lockdown rules.

The relaxation of rules comes at the end of a Spring which has proved to be the sunniest in England since records began.

The National Park Authority re-opened car parks in mid May, following the government's new guidelines on exercise and leisure, which permitted travel for any distance to walk. As expected, Horton-in-Ribblesdale and Malham in particular proved popular destinations.

On the following Bank Holiday weekend, car parks quickly filled and there were real problems with traffic at Malham.

The National Park Authority is urging travellers to check their Car Park Status Webpage in the Dales before travelling. Last Thursday Mark Sadler, Communications Manager with the National Park said "Experience of recent weekends indicates that car parks in the south of the National Park – especially Malham and Horton-in-Ribblesdale – fill up early and quickly. We would therefore recommend, in addition to regularly checking the status of car parks, that people consider using car parks and walks in other parts of the National Park. "

By Saturday afternoon, though, most of the car parks were already full (see image).

Footpaths are open for walkers, including A Dales High Way, though at the moment only for day walks. Campsites are expected to be the first accommodation sites to open in the near future. B&Bs, hotels, restaurants and pubs are likely to be the last to reopen their doors to travellers.

But it is a good time to restart planning.

See the Yorkshire Dales National Park's Car Park Status here.

1 June 2020

Ride2Stride 2021

This week would have seen the 9th annual Ride2Stride Walking and Music Festival, but Covid-19 has meant the busy programme has been put back to 2021.

This week-long free festival of walks, talks and music covering Dales High Way country using stations along the line of the world-famous Settle-Carlisle railway has proved to be incredibly popular, attracting participants from across the country and the globe!

One of the special features of this years' programme was the inclusion of a complete long distance trail for the first time - the Six Peaks Trail was to be covered on four consecutive days.

This challenging 48-mile hike takes in 6 major peaks, including the famous Yorkshire Three Peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside, along with Great Knoutberry, Swarth Fell and Wild Boar Fell. With a total ascent of over 3 kilometres, this is not for the faint-hearted.

The first day from Settle to Horton on Wednesday would have taken in Pen-y-ghent. Thursday would have been especially tough taking in both Ingleborough and Whernside to finish at Ribblehead. Today was to have crossed Blea Moor and over Great Knoutberry to finish in Garsdale. Tomorrow would have seen the final leg crossing Swarth Fell and the magnificent Wild Boar Fell before dropping to Kirkby-Stephen.

Each leg would offer the comfort of a pub to finish and music from some of the best session musicians in the region. Anyone completing all four legs would have received a special certificate of achievement.

Alas, this year we can only dream, but why not join Bridget and David on their video diary of day 3 filmed in 2016 (above), and enjoy.

See you all next year hopefully!

See Ride2Stride here, the Six Peaks Trail here, and Dales Rail Trails here.

1 May 2020

Rights of Way remain open to locals

Covid-19 and rights of way

Public footpaths will remain open for local walkers, in order to exercise safely during the current Covid-19 pandemic.

A Dales High Way is closed to long-distance walkers for the time-being, but sections remain open to locals who live along the route.

Last week the Yorkshire Dales National park Authority spelt out clearly its position on public footpaths in the area. In a published statement, Mark Sadler, Communications Manager with the YDNPA, said: "We have received concerns from some members of the public about rights of way remaining open at the present time.

"At present we believe public rights of way in the Yorkshire Dales National Park provide an opportunity for local people to take exercise, physical and spiritual, and get some fresh air in these difficult times. These paths should not be blocked or obstructed.

"It is also important to stress that people should not be making special journeys to access them. Travel to exercise is NOT essential travel and people should not be travelling to do their daily exercise."

There was major concern at the number of people driving up to Malham and other areas a fortnight ago.

The statement continues "Where rights of way pass close to, or through residential and agricultural properties, it is important that the existing Government advice regarding social distancing and hand washing is adhered to."

Nick Cotton, Member Champion for recreation management said: “Walking or cycling in the Yorkshire Dales, carried out responsibly, with social distancing from other people, is an excellent way to maintain our physical and mental health. These are both vital components in keeping our strength and maintaining our spirits through the Covid-19 crisis. The days are getting longer and we should channel the energy of springtime to help us face the future with positive feelings of rebirth and renewal”

See the full statement here.

3 April 2020

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Dales High Way - the film!
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