News en route
Bridge over Hoff Beck Upgraded
An essential footbridge crossing Hoff Beck on the final
stages of A Dales High Way has had an upgrade that has almost
doubled its length!
The footbridge has suffered erosion on its eastern bank for a
number of years, washing away the steps that led up to it. The
footings are vulnerable to the regular annual flooding that the
beck experiences and finding a solution has been an ongoing
Rangers at Cumbria County Council (CCC) have come up with a
novel solution. Making use of an old footbridge that was still
in good condition but no
longer in use, they chose to extend the length of the original
footbridge to solid ground and add new concrete steps.
Geoff Fewkers, Countryside Access Officer for CCC said: "It’s
quite a simple yet effective, solution to the ongoing problem of
the watercourse eroding the bank when in spate, by casting a new
abutment and then using the old bridge section to span across
the relief channel."
Amazing. Thanks guys.
1 Nov 2019
Baildon Moor burial dated to Bronze Age
Bones found inside an ancient burial urn found over a
century ago on Baildon Moor have just been radio-carbon dated to
around 1700 BC - the early Bronze Age - over 3,500 years ago.
The decorated burial urn was found in 1904 by workers as they
dug the seventh green on the moortop golf course at Pennythorne
Hill, on a popular early alternative section for walkers of
Dales High Way.
Rumour had it that the workers wanted to dump what they found
in their wheelbarrow and say nothing, but someone spotted what
was afoot and alerted the council. In the hasty excavation which
followed, the man’s cremated bones, crushed but not powdered,
were discovered inside a complete decorated burial urn, along
with a copper or bronze knife, a flint arrowhead, and a
perforated bone tube.
Dr Keith Boughey, a retired science teacher and amateur
archeologist who lives on the fringe of the moor, persuaded
council to release samples to a radiocarbon dating
The results, he said, “nailed down the period”, proving that
the artefacts were from the very cusp of the new Bronze Age.
"This one is special for a few reasons" said Dr Boughey. "It
contained metal. For a long time it was the stone age. Flint was
the big one and they made really amazing things. Bronze is the
first metal that was discovered."
The bones were those of a high-status man aged about
Baildon Moor is one of several local moors which abound with
prehistoric artifacts, including the nearby Dobruddon Stone
which carries cup-and-ring markings from the Neolithic or New
Stone Age - over 4000 years ago.
From November the Cremation Urn will go on display at the
Bracken Hall Countryside Centre on Shipley Glen, Baildon. It
will be displayed alongside the Heygate "cup-and-ring" stone.
The centre is open Saturdays and Sundays, 12 to 4 pm. Admission
14 October 2019
Tornado at Ribblehead
Walkers along A Dales High Way were
treated to a rare sight on Saturday, when the steam train
Tornado crossed the Ribblehead Viaduct under strormy skies on
its way from London to Carlisle.
The North Briton steam train was run by the A1
Steam Locomotive Trust as part of its regular private steam
train outings. The Tornado is a regular visitor to the
Leeds-Settle-Carlisle line - in February 2017 it ran a daily
mainline return service over 3 days, carrying 5,000 passengers,
following repairs to the line which had seen it closed for a
The Leeds-Settle-Carlisle Line runs regular daily train
services, using speedy diesel pacers. But commercial steam and
diesel services are operated by railway comapanies regularly
along the line, including services from The A1 Steam Locomotive
Trust, The Railway Touring Company, Statesman Rail, West Coast
Railways and Saphos Trains.
Two more steam trains are expected this month: -
- Saturday 5th - Pennine Explorer (A1 Steam Locomotive
- Saturday 12th - The Cumbrian Mountain Express (The
Railway Touring Company);
Riding the train is a great way to see the beautiful
Settle-Carlisle Line, probably the most beautiful railway
journey in England. But watching the trains pass over the
Ribblehead Viaduct from the route of A Dales High Way
is a special pleasure.
1st October 2019
Saltaire Festival starts today
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
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
"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.
13 Sept 2019
Saltaire becomes film lot
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
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.
31 Aug 2019