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Appleby Castle for Sale at £9.5m
The 12th century castle in Appleby is up for sale with a
price tag of £9.5 million.
First site of the castle signals the final stretch for
walkers on A Dales High Way.
The keep dates back to around 1100 and the castle changed
hands between Scots and English several times before it was
partly destroyed in the 1660s by a Royalist army during the
English Civil War. Lady Anne Clifford subsequently began to
restore it to its earlier glory.
The castle has been extensively restored over the last 20
years. It is now home to a hotel and events business, with
private living space and a museum.
Its current owner, Sally Nightingale, who moved to Appleby in
the 1990s, said she would always "carry" Appleby Castle in her
heart. “Lady Anne was the most celebrated owner of Appleby
Castle and I’ve tried to follow in her footsteps," Ms
The castle was closed to the public for many years following
a dispute between the owners and English Heritage, but was
finally re-opened 10 years ago.
12 Feb 2024
The canal towpath from Shipley through Saltaire has been
closed for improvement works. The closure is expected to last 3
The towpath is near the start of A Dales High Way.
There are 2 easy alternative routes: the first is to follow the
narrow road to the right of the towpath which leads through
Salts Sports fields to rejoin the main route where a footbridge
crossed the river; alternatively cross the footbridge by the
Boathouse first, then follow the path on the opposite river side
to rejoin the main route as it leaves the next footbridge.
The work is being funded by charity Sustrans, with the
Government-funded Shipley Towns Fund paying £23,500 towards the
Sustrans says it is working with with the Canal & River
Trust, the charity that looks after the Leeds & Liverpool Canal,
and Bradford Council on the project, that includes a new asphalt
surface with natural stone gravel finish to fill in muddy
potholes and create a smooth route.
23 Jan 2024
New Plan for National Park
The Yorkshire Dales National Park is updating its management
plan – to cover the period 2025 to 2029 – and is asking:
‘What needs doing most in the National Park in the next five
You are invited to give your opinion on areas ranging from
reducing pollution in rivers to increasing the supply of
affordable homes, and rank what would be your top six
priorities. The public consultation is in the form of a
survey, which takes only a few minutes to complete and is
available online until Monday the 26th of February.
The Management Plan Partnership includes representatives from
North Yorkshire and Westmorland and Furness Councils, private
sector interests from North Yorkshire and Cumbria, as well as
statutory environmental agencies.
Deputy Chair of the partnership, Neil Heseltine, said:
“The National Park Management Plan sets out the specific things
we will work together to achieve; it is in effect a five-year
‘to do list’ for the various organisations that operate in the
National Park. If an area of work is not in the
management plan, it won’t get done. That’s why I would
warmly invite anyone who has an interest in the future of the
National Park to take part in this survey.”
A short film (see above) has been produced to encourage people to
20 Jan 2024
75 Years of our National Parks
2024 marks the 75th anniversary of the National Parks and
Access to the Countryside Act 1949, which not only created our
first National Parks, but the first long distance walking trails
like the Pennine Way.
This truly visionary legislation also protected countryside
access, created Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Sites of
Special Scientific Interest and National Nature Reserves – all
fundamental in creating and maintaining spaces for nature and
people to thrive.
The Yorkshire Dales National Park was established in 1954,
extended in 2016 to its current 870 square miles of stunning
landscapes. A Dales High Way follows the western side from south
The Campaign for National Parks (CNP), Founded in 1936, is
the only independent charity dedicated to securing the future of
National Parks in England and Wales.
One of the major campaigns currently underway is the fight
against the government's proposed relaxation of planning laws in
In a joint letter to the Prime Minister, Neil Heseltine and
Jim Bailey, both working farmers and chairs of the Yorkshire
Dales and North York Moors National Park Authorities
respectively, said :
"The impact of walking in the valleys of
Upper Swaledale and across the Cleveland Hills to the Esk Valley
and the route of the iconic Coast to Coast Walk should these
proposals be enacted doesn't bear thinking about."
1 Jan 2024