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

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Saltaire Festival starts today

Saltaire Festival 2019

The annual Saltaire Festival starts today and runs throughout the next 10 days.

It offers a real treat for walkers arriving to set off on A Dales High Way.

Saltaire Brewery Beer Festival will help the district unwind over the first weekend, serving up beer and street food.

Live music will play around the village, including hotspots like Caroline Social Club, Flash Cassette and the Buskers Bandstand in the park. The festival will also bring a weekend-long vintage home and fashion fair to Victoria Hall.

Ros Garside, events co-ordinator for Saltaire Festival, explained this year's event will have a "nice, calm, family friendly, community feel".

She said: "The first one (weekend) is more about community and heritage and the second one is the big markets and music in the park.

"Our key event is an exhibition called Weaving The Future which is building on the fact this village was built on textiles. We are hoping to see lots of people in the village."

The full programme for Saltaire Festival, including free children's and young people's events, is available online.

See the Saltaire Festival website here

13 Sept 2019

Saltaire becomes film lot

The English Game filmed in Saltaire

Victoria Square in Saltaire, at the very start of A Dales High Way, was transformed into a Victorian Lancashire street scene earlier this month for the filming of a new TV series The English Game.

Saltaire has become one of the top film locations in the region, due mainly to its remarkably preserved Victorian streets and the iconic Salts Mill. It has, of course, enjoyed World Heritage status since 2001.

The new 6-part series tells the story of the invention of football and how it quickly rose to become the world's game by crossing class divides. Produced by Netflix and written by Julian Fellowes, the series is expected to be shown next year.

For several days shops were transformed in Saltaire, with one becoming Darwen Post Office and others becoming greengrocers, butchers and family homes. With a huge cast of extras the whole exercise was an entertaining and impressive feat of logistics.

Darwen, a town in Lancashire near Blackburn, was home to the first football club in the world to have paid professional players, and was an early pioneer of professional football in northern England.

Filming also took place in and around a house on the cobbled street of Saltaire's Albert Terrace, and in Bradford city centre where horse drawn carriages and more actors in Victorian clothing were seen filming outside City Hall.

See our previous posting here, and more about The English Game here.

31 Aug 2019

Double whammy for off road driver

Landrover stuck on Gorbeck Road (photo: North Yorkshire Police)

An off-road enthusiast who illicitly drove his Landrover Discovery on a restricted byway in the Yorkshire Dales, suffered a double whammy last week.

Firstly his vehicle got stuck when he slipped into a sink hole. Then his pleas for help via social media were quickly answered - by the local National Park ranger and a local policeman.

The 20 year old had taken his vehicle onto Gorbeck Road - a green lane that runs from Langscar Gate near Malham to Langcliffe and Settle. It forms part of the Pennine Bridleway Settle Loop and is subject to a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) banning its use to motorcycles and four by four vehicles.

The first section from Langscar Gate is also part of A Dales High Way.

Off-road access to Gorbeck Road has a chequered history. When the original TRO was imposed in 2008, it was initially succesfully challenged by the Motoring  Organisations’  Land  Access  & Recreation Association (LARA) and overturned. The track was soon turned into a rutted, muddy mess, but the TRO was reinstated in 2010, since when the track has recovered.

Pc Harry Carpenter, of Settle Police, together with Malham based Yorkshire Dales National Park ranger, Rob Ashford, located the man and his vehicle at about 10am the following morning, and with the help of a farmer and his tractor, pulled the Landrover out of the hole.

PC Harry Carpenter said:  “The circumstances were quite unusual in this case.  A lot of green lanes can be used legally, but we do have the odd rogue vehicle user who chooses to ignore restrictions on sensitive routes.  In this case the route runs through a Site of Special Scientific Interest and it was adjacent to the route where the vehicle got stuck .  We encourage people to come forward and report cases such as this, and we will endeavour to prosecute.”

It’s expected that the Bradford man will be summonsed to appear at Skipton Magistrates’ Court to face charges of breaching a Traffic Regulation Order.

See our previous posting here.

15 Aug 2019

1960's vintage bus for 50th anniversary walk

1960s vintage bus ferries Dales Way walkers back to Ilkley, Aug 3 2019

Walkers celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Dales Way in style yesterday. A recreation of the first public Dales Way walk - which took place in 1969 - was topped off with a return journey from Bolton Abbey to Ilkely in two vintage 1960's buses.

The single decker bus was identical to the one that ferried over 120 walkers back to Ilkley on Sunday March 23rd 1969. Leading both walks was veteran West Riding Rambler Colin Speakman.

Over 70 walkers gathered at Ilkley Old Bridge yesterday for the historic event. Stewarding was provided by volunteers from the Friends of A Dales High Way, along with Friends of DalesBus, and Friends of the Dales.

In the afternoon walkers made their way to Ilkley's Manor House, where an exhibition of 50 years of the Dales Way was formally opened by John Grogan MP. The free exhibition runs throughout August.

The Dales Way is one of Britains most popular long-distance walks and its generally easy riverside walking makes it a favourite first long-distance challenge for many walkers. It's younger sister trail - A Dales High Way - is an altogether tougher follow-up challenge.

See 50 years of the Dales Way here

4 Aug 2019

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