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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Wildlife walk celebrates public transport champion

John Disney and Oxenber Woods

A celebration of the life and interests of Dr John Disney was held on Saturday, with four walks around Settle followed by a reception at the Royal Oak.

John was a passionate advocate of integrated public transport, a keen walker and a co-ordinator of the Friends of the Settle Carlisle Line public walks programme. He died suddenly on Saturday 20th October 2018, aged just 58.

The walks took in sections of A Dales High Way, including an 8 mile walk to Austwick via Oxenber Wood, rich in wild flowers at this time of year. John had a passion for walking, gardening, the countryside and rural affairs.

John, born in 1960, was educated at Ilkeston Grammar School, Nottingham University obtaining a degree in Mathematics followed by a doctorate at Trent Polytechnic. He went on to be a senior lecturer at Nottingham Trent University, specialising in Business and Quality Management.

John was active in many circles. He was a member of the Royal Statistical Society, a board member of the Dales and Bowland Community Interest Company and supporter of the Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line. He had a special relationship with the Derbyshire and Yorkshire Dales and campaigned actively to maintain integrated rail and bus services into hard to reach public spaces. Frequently he was consulted as an expert witness on topics including HS2, rural rail and bus services, road user charging and workplace parking. He also contributed to radio and TV regarding such matters and was shortly to give evidence to the House of Commons Transport Select Committee Inquiry into the state of rural bus services.

See more on the John Disney Day here, and see John discussing bus funding here.

12 May 2019

Friends lead visit to Crags, Caves & Kilns

After a week of sunshine, grey skies greeted The Friends of A Dales High Way as they led a walk above Settle to Attermire Scar, Victoria Cave and the Hoffmann Kiln on Friday. But the sudden change in the weather failed to dampen spirits, and the entire troupe finished off the day with a celebratory drink or two in the Lion Inn.

Victoria Cave

The walk, part of this year's Ride2Stride Walking Festival, set off 30 minutes late due to a train failure at Leeds. A steep climb to the southeast by Preston's Barn, onto Stockdale Lane and up beside Sugar Loaf Hill was rewarded with a short coffee break to enjoy the stunning views of Attermire Scar and Warrendale Knotts. A further sharp climb then to Victoria Cave itself, where excavations have revealed evidence of the earliest modern human occupation in the area some 11,000 years ago, together with bone fragments of lion, hippopotamus and elephant from before the last ice age!

After a lunch break at Jubilee Caves, the walkers headed down to Stainforth, stopping along the way to admire the spectacular long drop waterfall of Cattrigg Foss.

The incredible site of the Craven Lime Works, with a walk through the eerie cavernous Hoffmann Kiln, provided a further stopping point, before an easy afternoon ramble on a section of A Dales High Way alongside the River Ribble back to Settle.

Walk leader Chris Grogan said "Thanks to everyone who came along. It's good to see old friends and new faces enjoying A Dales High Way together."

See the Hoffmann Kiln here, and Ride2Stride 2019 here

4 May 2019

Ilkley Moor open again

Ilkley Moor is now open for Dales High Way walkers again after firefighters began winding up their operations.

Firefighters wind down their operations after the Ilkey Moor fire

With rain expected later today, the immediate danger has passed, though walkers should still take care.

The actual route of A Dales High Way is unaffected, though the fire came right up to the track as it descends down from Ilkley Moor to White Wells (see photo).

A man has been charged with arson over one fire on the moor. Crews were called to the West Yorkshire spa town on Saturday, where they fought fires in two areas of the moor covering 25,000 sq m.

On Monday evening West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service tweeted out a stern message, after fire crews reported that people were still lighting barbecues up there.

A group of four women walkers who had arrived from the USA to walk the trail were lucky to get down into Ilkley on Saturday before the fire caught hold. On Sunday they had to make use of their OS maps and guide books, along with helpful local advice, to get back onto the trail beyond Addingham reservoir, but they arrived safely in Skipton.

See the Friends of Ilkley Moor here.

24 April 2019

Fire devastates Ilkley Moor

Fire on Ilkey Moor - James Kelly

A fierce fire has devastated a section of Ilkley Moor overnight and firefighters are still dealing with the aftermath.

Walkers have been asked to stay off the moor for the next couple of days until the fire is firmly under control.

The fire, believed to have started accidently on the hottest day of the year so far, took hold on the northern slopes of the moor around White Wells, above the town of Ilkley.

A West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: "Twelve pumps are still in attendance at incident, currently we are using seven jets and beaters, specialist wildfire units are also in attendance and a helicopter will be assisting with overhead water attack."

Walkers setting out on A Dales High Way should avoid the first section over the moor between Saltaire and Addingham until the all-clear is given. Those heading for Ilkley should catch a train directly from Shipley or Leeds and follow the riverside Dales Way path from Ilkley to Addingham.

Alternatively, the Leeds-Liverpool canal can be followed all the way from Saltaire to Skipton (16 miles), with the option of leaving it at Silsden (after 9 miles) to take a short bus ride over to Addingham (Bus 62, hourly on Sunday, half-hourly weekdays).

A Dales High Way can then be rejoined at Addingham.

Generally, if you come across a fire whilst walking on moorland, you should turn around, retrace your steps and get down quickly from the moor.

UPDATE: 24 April - the route of A Dales High Way is now open again (see above).

See the BBC report here and the Bradford Telegraph & Argus here.

21 Apr 2018

Friends lead walk for Ride2Stride

Above Winskill

The Friends of A Dales High Way are leading a walk on Friday, 3rd May as part of the 2019 Ride2Stride Walking Festival. All are welcome.

The 9-mile circular walk starts at Settle Railway Station at 10.22 a.m., meeting the train from Leeds, and will be led by Chris Grogan.

Crags, Caves and Kilns is described as "an excellent walk from Settle visiting Attermire Scar and returning via the Hoffman kiln. "

The walk takes in sections of A Dales High Way and is described as "moderate", but walkers can expect some steep climbs, especially in the first part of the walk.

Chris said "This is a stunning walk with some fantastic views and lots to look at along the way. It's a long steep climb from Settle to Victoria Cave but we think it's worth it and there will be plenty of short stops for walkers to take a breather on the way."

The walks are free, just turn up for the start on the station platform.

There are 30 led walks in this years programme, with music at various venues along the line every evening.

See the Ride2Stride website here.

14 April 2019

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