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 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

Dales Events fall to Coronavirus

Three Peaks Fell Race

Outdoor events in Dales High Way country have been postponed or cancelled due to the spread of Coronavirus.

With infections expected to peak in May, some events have been pushed back to late summer, by which time it is hoped the pandemic will have run its course.

The annual Three Peaks Fell Race which was due to be held on the 25th April this year, has been rescheduled for Saturday 26th September.

Organisers said "Our main concern over the infection risk was the start and finish area where we have upwards of 1,200 people in the marquee used for registration and the prize giving.

"Our decision should make it easier for people to plan other events and avoid unnecessary travelling. The revised date of 26th September 26 will be confirmed as soon as possible. We are working with the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority to avoid clashes with other events planned for that weekend."

The 58th Fellsman Race, due to be held also on the 25th and 26th April, has been cancelled completely. The 61-mile route starts in Ingleton, crossing Ingleborough and Whernside before passing through Dentdale and on into Wherfedale to finish at Threshfield. Around 400 runners participate.

Organisers said " This is not a decision we have taken lightly and we are aware that many will be bitterly disappointed. We wished to make the decision ourselves, before it could be made for us."

The Punk Panther Ultra-marathon race along A Dales High Way, originally scheduled for Saturday May 9 - 10, involving up to 200 runners, has closed to entrants until further notice.

HF Holidays have closed their country houses until at least the end of April, which will mean that their planned Dales High Way Walking Holiday for that month will have to be re-scheduled or cancelled altogether.

All pubs and cafes along the route have now closed and great efforts are being made by Walking Holiday providers and B&B's to rearrange any planned bookings.

The 2020 Ride2Stride Walking Festival has been cancelled for this year, though dates for next year have been confirmed. Guided walks by the Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line (FoSCL), Friends of Dale Rails (FDR) and the Ramblers have all been postponed until after the current crisis.

Original article UPDATED: 21 March 2020.

See the Three Peaks Fell Race website here, the Fellsman site here, and the Punk Panther site here.

14 March 2020

New edition of Route Guide

A Dales High Way Route Guide - Third Edition

The third edition of A Dales High Way Route Guide is now available.

Fully updated, the slim book is specially designed for use as the primary route guide for the walk.

The route is set out in a series of detailed strip maps at a scale of 1:25,000. The book is robust, pocket-sized and the detailed route maps carry instructions ON the maps themselves. Each copy comes in an optional but handy, weather resistant plastic wallet.

Colin Speakman, well known author and fell walker and chairman of the Dales Way Association said: “It is a particularly lovely route and because it is at a higher level to the Dales Way, offers a different kind of experience.  It is also offers a marvellous introduction to the extended Yorkshire Dales and Westmorland Fells National Park."

A Dales High Way is entering its twelfth year as a long distance trail, and is proving increasingly popular with walkers looking for an adventurous and challenging route.

This May it is to host an ultra-marathon race for up to 200 runners, who have to complete the 90-mile route in under 36 hours. The event is being organised by Punk Panther.

A Dales High Way Route Guide (Third Edition). ISBN: 978-1-911321-06-4 (Skyware Ltd) Feb 2020. £8.99

See more on A Dales High Way Route Guide Third Edition here. See the Punk Panther Ultra Marathons here.

1 Mar 2020

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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

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