A 90 mile walk across the glorious high country of the Yorkshire Dales
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A Dales High Way

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A Tale of Two Bogs

Flagged path fixed over bog on Ilkley Moor

On November 8 a walker posted a warning message on the Ilkley Chat Facebook page:

"Walkers and runners please be careful on the valley side of the stoned section of the Dales Highway, there’s a VERY DEEP BOG. I saw a runner ended up to his waist. I went to help and the stone slab tilted and ended too nearly stuck. It's a section heading away from ilkley just before you can turn left to 12 Apostles (or right to head towards a Keighley gate). I’ll try get a message to the Council. This is very dangerous. There was unfortunately no wood or debris to make a warn cairn."

The post went viral very quickly, with 82 shares and over 100 comments.

Meanwhile, workers and volunteers from Moors for the Future were out elsewhere on Ilkley Moor, planting sphagnum moss to help regenerate the moor's bogs, a major contributor to carbon capture and the fight against the climate change catastrophe. The 5 year, £15 million EU funded project - MoorLife 2020 - will protect the health of 95 square kilometres of active blanket bog in the South Pennines.

Rangers from Bradford Council's Countryside Service were out the next day and fixed the flagged path. The bog will take a little longer to recover.

It's perhaps worth remembering that the flagging of the path here - using old mill flags from Manchester - was only undertaken in 2011. Until that time walkers and runners had to cover the trail as best they could, with just a little wooden boardwalk to help.

And the flagging wasn't installed in the first place for the benefit of walkers or runners, but to protect the bogs from the erosion they caused!

See Moors for the Future here, and our previous posting here.

15 Nov 2020

Flash Floods Batter the Western Dales

Appleby floods November 2020

Sunday night saw flash floods across North Yorkshire and the western Dales as the storm ex-Hurricane Zeta struck.

As the water levels kept rising Appleby Emergency Response Group worked through the night keeping in regular contact with the Environment Agency. The warning to take immediate action came just after 4am and by 5.30am the River Eden had burst its banks and was on the pavement.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said they had worked throughout Sunday night to respond to "multiple" reports of flooding, using crews from Hawes, Reeth, Leyburn, Colburn, Bentham, Settle, Skipton, Lofthouse, Grassington and Richmond.

Roads were closed in Dentdale, Sedbergh, Garsdale, Skipton, Addingham and Ilkley. Trains on the Settle-Carlisle line were cancelled as the line flooded. Heavy rain overnight had caused flooding at Melling Tunnel, between Settle and Blea Moor, and between Hellifield and Carnforth. As a result, both the Skipton and Carlisle and Skipton and Lancaster lines were closed in both directions.

FELL rescue volunteers went to the aid of Yorkshire Three Peaks walkers on Sunday as they struggled with bad weather near to the summit of Ingleborough. The Clapham based Cave Rescue sent a team out in search of the three walkers at just before 6pm who in the end managed to get back down to the peak themselves.

As of today, the flood waters are receding, but the legacy of damage to roads, paths and bridges remains to be seen. And this all has to dealt with as new lockdown restrictions begin.

See our previous post here.

3 Nov 2020

Dales High Way in top 25 Big Trails of British Isles

Big Trails - Great Britain and Ireland

A Dales High Way heads up the list in a stunning new book highlighting the best 25 long-distance trails in the British Isles.

Big Trails - Great Britain and Ireland is published this week by Sheffield based Vertebrate Publishing, who have been producing award-winning outdoor adventure and mountaineering guides since 2004.

The big glossy book "is an inspirational guide to the most iconic, spectacular and popular long-distance trails in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland,, Ireland and the Isle of Man." It is crammed with gorgeous pictures, informative overviews and detailed outlines of each of the 25 featured routes.

It features 4 big trails on the island of Ireland, including the "Best Off the Beaten Track Trail" - the Beara Way; 3 in Scotland, including "Britain's Friendliest Trail" - the West Highland Way; 3 in Wales, including the "Wildest Adventure" - the Cambrian Way; and the Isles of Man's  Raad ny Foillan - "Perfect for All the Family".

Of the remaining 14 trails, 5 cross Yorkshire: The Pennine Way; Wainwright's Coast to Coast; The Cleveland Way; the Dales Way and A Dales High Way.

A Dales High Way is described as one of the "undiscovered gems" amongst the trails. "...the verdant lushness of the Eden valley, the timelessness of dry stone walls lining high pastures, the sparkling waterfalls, and the wide blue bird-strewn skies will make you fall in love with this high route over the Dales. In spring you crush wild garlic in bluebell-rich woods, and in summer the moors glow purple with heather. On a fine day this may be the brightest and most beautiful countryside you'll encounter in England."

The book is designed to inspire big adventures rather than be carried as a guide and provides everything needed to plan and explore further.

Big Trails - Great Britain and Ireland, edited by Kathy Rogers and Stephen Ross, (Vertebrate Publishing, ISBN 9781839810008) £17.99.

See the Big Trails at Vertebrate Publishing here.

19 Oct 2020

Amazing new tool for mountain rescue

An amazing new way of reaching injured walkers on the fells was tested out in Langdale, Cumbria last week.

A jet suit which could fly a paramedic to an isolated casualty in minutes has been described as “awesome” by an air ambulance service which covers parts of Yorkshire and Cumbria.

The system has been demonstrated in a test flight in the Lake District after a year of discussions between the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) and the firm which has developed the technology, Gravity Industries.

Richard Browning , Gravity Industries founder and chief test pilot, flew from the valley bottom in Langdale, Cumbria, to a simulated casualty site on The Band, near Bowfell.

GNAAS said the casualty site would have taken around 25 minutes to reach by foot but Mr Browning arrived in his 1050 brake horsepower jet suit in 90 seconds, and that the suit could save lives.

Andy Mawson, director of operations and paramedic at GNAAS, said the Lake District could be a possible location for a “Jet Suit paramedic” following a study of the charity’s call-out data.

He said: “It showed dozens of patients every month within the complex but relatively small geographical footprint of the Lakes. We could see the need. What we didn’t know for sure is how this would work in practice. Well, we’ve seen it now and it is, quite honestly, awesome.”

GNAAS and Gravity Industries said they wanted to thank Langdale Mountain Rescue Team, the National Trust, Stool End Farm and Cumbria Police for helping make the test possible.

See Gravity Industries here, and the Great North Air Ambulance Service here.

1 October 2020

Hen Harrier breeding success


It has been the best year for hen harrier breeding in England since Natural England’s hen harrier recovery project was established in 2002, with 60 chicks fledged from 19 nests across Northumberland, the Yorkshire Dales, Cumbria and Lancashire in early summer 2020.

Natural England has attached satellite tags to 23 of these birds.

The success has been down to several factors including high numbers of voles which are a key food source, good weather, and strong partnership working.

Hen harriers were once found across upland and lowland Britain, however after 1830 it became an exceptionally rare breeding bird in England due to raptor persecution, which was then made illegal in 1954. The hen harrier is now one of England’s rarest birds of prey.

Tony Juniper, Chairman of Natural England, said: “Despite the great progress there is though no cause for complacency. Too many birds still go missing in unexplained circumstances and I urge anyone who is still engaged in the persecution of these magnificent creatures to cease at once. Hen harriers remain critically endangered in England and there is a long way to go before the population returns to what it should be.”

Amanda Anderson, Director of the Moorland Association, said: “Twelve of the nests reported today are on land managed for grouse shooting and this reflects a genuine commitment from moor owners and managers to work with others and help rebuild the harrier population.”

This year’s success means that 141 hen harrier chicks have fledged over the past three years alone.

See Natural England here. See our previous story here.

12 Sept 2020

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