News en route
"Stunningly Brutal" Dales High Way Ultra
Runners are gearing up to take part in the Dales High Way
Ultra marathon next week.
The race covers the whole 90-mile Dales High Way - a route
described as "stunningly brutal" by one runner after a recce of
the route for the organisers last July.
Runners have up to 36 hours to complete the race, with an
optional additional 10-mile loop up to High Cup Nick at the end,
for those wanting to push the limit to 100 miles.
The race was initially planned for last May, but had to be
cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Due to current restrictions, all checkpoints will be
outdoors, and only 21 runners are expected to participate. They
will leave Saltaire on Saturday morning, May 8th on a staggered
start from 6 a.m. onwards.
The race is organised by Punk Panther Ultra Marathons UK,
led by Ryk and Bev Downes. The races are professionally
organised, with established checkpoints along the route and
qualified medical support. Each runner also carries a tracker so
that their progress and position can be followed throughout.
Competitors can gain 5 or 6 points towards qualification to
the prestigious Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB). The UTMB race
involves around 106 miles (170km) of running and a
circumnavigation of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Western
Members of the Friends of a Dales High Way will be
running the race checkpoint at Settle on Saturday
Photo shows Ryk Downes and Helen Clayman set off to recce the
route in July last year.
1 May 2021
Gentleman Jack filmed in Saltaire
Saltaire, at the start of A Dales High Way,
once more became a film set as a section of the mill was made over
into a busy street scene.
Work on the set continued for several weeks, building shop
fronts, including a pub, a tailors and a chemists.
place over two days this week, with parking in lower Saltaire suspended
for the duration. A
huge white crane, with Warner Brothers set lighting and rigging
written on it, was also at the filming location.
The new second season of the BBC/HBO drama, created by Sally
Wainwright, covers the further adventures of 19th century
landowner Anne Lister, played by Suranne Jones. Timothy West is
amongst actors in the new series.
Other scenes were filmed nearby at Haworth Moor's Penistone
Country Park in February.
16 Apr 2021
Glovershaw Beck improvement
A recently repaired section of path alongside Glovershaw
Beck, near the start of A Dales High Way,
has been improved further.
The path was originally repaired with an innovative "green
revetment" last August, after floods had washed away a section
But further flash flooding over the winter had caused a
partial collapse of the new banking. The original contractors returned to fix the problem, and over two days
re-engineered and extended the revetment with a more contoured
The beck floor has also been cleared.
It is hoped the new look revetment will better carry the
surge of flood water when it returns. The repair has come just as
walkers begin to return for the new season.
2 April 2021
View from the Riverbank
Three presentations on different environmental projects in
the Eden Valley are on offer to all this spring, hosted by
EDEN Rivers Trust (ERT).
View from the riverbank features three virtual talks
via Zoom – river restoration, natural flood management and the
eradication of invasive non-native species. It will begin with
River restoration in the Upper Eden, Thursday, March 18,
6.30-7pm, with Lev Dahl, River Restoration Manager, who gives an
exclusive virtual tour of a couple of recently completed river
restoration projects in the Upper Eden.
Natural flood management in the Pennines follows
on Thursday 22 April, with Dr. Jenny Garbe, the Trust's Natural
Flood Management Project Manager, on covering leaky dams, tree
and hedge planting, and how they all contribute to reducing the
risk of flooding to Eden’s Communities at Risk.
Finally Ditching the invasive species in Trout Beck and
beyond on Thursday 20 May, with Dr. Jenny Garbe, Trout
Beck Project Manager and Jenni Payne, Volunteer Coordinator, who
will talk about their battle against one of Eden’s most prolific
alien invaders – Himalayan balsam.
The projects cover the Upper Eden valley, where A
Dales High Way enters its final stage, finishing
at Appleby-in-Westmorland. This part of the Westmorland Dales
became part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park in August 2016.
Each 30-minute talk will be followed by a Q&A session where
you can ask your burning questions. Joining in is easy, though
you will need to register in advance to book your place. Once
you have registered, you will be sent a confirmation email with
the details of how to log in.
15 march 2021
Government Roadmap - when can Trail Walking Resume?
Walkers planning to tackle A Dales High Way this summer can
begin planning in earnest, with the new government roadmap
offering a potential timeline for the easing of current
The 4-part roadmap suggests that by 17 May hotels, B&Bs and
hostels can re-open, and by as early as 12 April walking
holidays will be possible for those hiring holiday cottages or
All the proposed dates are given as the earliest for each
step change, subject to the success of the ongoing vaccination
program and the continued reduction in the infection rate.
Travel restrictions remain in the initial stage, with some
restrictions lifted on 8 March. By 29 March the "Stay at Home"
rule ends, but the advice to only travel locally remains in
Step 2, on 12 April, expect an easing of travel restrictions,
with non-essential retail opening and pubs, restaurants and
cafes able to offer outdoor service. Self contained
accommodation - holiday cottages and some camping facilities,
will become available.
Step 3, on 17 May, sees outdoor events and entertainment
open, with outdoor gatherings of up to 30 people allowed.
Hotels, B&Bs and hostels reopen with pubs, cafes and restaurants
able to offer table service indoors.
By 21 June, Step 4, all restrictions are expected to be
Social distancing and Covid-19 hygiene rules will continue
1 March 2021