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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Malham Hotel goes 100% Vegan

Beck Hall Malham

Beck Hall, a popular hotel in Malham, will become the first plant-based hotel in England when it relaunches in December.

Owners Louise and Andy Macbeth, who acquired Beck Hall nearly a decade ago, said a personal journey that started from a place of compassion for animals led their family to a plant-based diet and that they also recognised the potential positive impact eating more plants could have on the environment and health.

Louise said: “Recently, we’ve been developing some of the most innovative, exciting, and delicious vegan dishes we’ve ever tried, anywhere. We believe our food, from breakfast through to dinner, is for everyone.”

Not everyone is impressed, however. In a letter to the Craven Herald local farmer Anthony Bradley questioned the environmental claims of the hoteliers:

"I was especially interested to see olives, bananas, seitan - aka wheat gluten (mostly imported from China), chia, avocado, tofu, chickpeas, and lentils listed in the ingredients. None of these are grown commercially in the UK. Indeed the growing of soya crops is one of the drivers of rain forest clearance. But they claim one of their concerns was a benefit for the environment. Unless these imports have come via sail ship a good chunk of fossil fuels will have powered the shipping.

"Finally to criticise livestock farming whilst operating in the midst of a landscape and community that has a centuries old tradition of doing so is, with respect, at best tone deaf."

The Macbeth couple acknowledged that some guests may be opposed to change and thanked them for their custom to date:

"We’re sure you’ll go on to find a new special place – there are so many meaty menus to choose from. But wouldn’t it be boring if we were all the same?" they said. 

See Beck Hall here.

6 Nov 2023

Walk the Line

FoSCL guided winter walks

There's the option to join in a number of free guided walks in Dales High Way country, starting with a lovely hike to Rutter Force from Appleby this Saturday.

The walk is the first in the new winter walks programme from FoSCL - the Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line.

All the walks start and finish at a rail station along the line, with easy connections from Leeds, Bradford and Carlisle. The Rutter Force walk uses the early 07:48 train from Leeds and is graded as "Explorer" - a tough 12 mile walk, returning on the 17:01 train from Appleby.

A fortnight later there's an easier circular walk from Settle in search of leaping salmon at Stainforth Force.

The guided walk leaflet points out that "The landscape in this part of the country means that a route will usually involve a hill or two, have stiles to climb over and possibly tricky terrain. Everyone is welcome but if you are new to hiking or have had a long break from it, please start with the easier walks."

Copies of the walk programme are available at stations along the line and online.

See FoSCL Guided Walks and Tours here.

4 Oct 2023

Don't dream it, DO IT!

Country Walking Sept 2023

This month's Country Walking magazine features the top five UK 100-mile "Hero" trails, as picked by editor Guy Proctor. Heading up his list for "an adventure you'll remember forever" is A Dales High Way.

"We've probably all daydreamed about walking the South West Coast Path or the Appalachian trail - but for most of us such long walks remain perpetually out of reach purely for practical reasons. But that doesn't mean your dreams of having a great adventure need to stay in the misty land of oneday- maybe.

"A trail of around 100 miles is still a mighty quest - an eminently quotable Big Achievement, with the full potential of picaresque potential, and all the satisfactions of the planning, the horizon-hunting and sheer heroism of crossing a section of Britain big enough to look meaningful pointed to an a globe."

Guy argues that A Dales High Way is the best way to see the full range of landscapes that the recently extended Yorkshire Dales National Park has to offer.

"Across 90 miles it stretches to the furthest and fullest reaches of the National Park, ending in the Eden Valley at Appleby-in-Westmorland - a fitting climax and line of demarcation between the pretty Dales and austere North Pennines.

"En route, after setting the Dales in an industrial context which only heightens their beauty and sense of freedom, the High Way climbs clear of civilisation on Ilkley Moor and never misses its mark. Goredale, Malham Cove. Attermire, Ingleborough, Ribblehead, Dentdale, the velvety folds of the Howgill Fells, the huge limestone fields of Great Asby Scar - every day this perfectly paced highlights reel presents a blend of grand vistas and historical and geological details; well-known Dales must-sees like epic Ribblehead Viaduct and solaces like Sharp Haw and Sunbiggin Tarn; crowdpleasers like Malham Cove and hidden gems like Rutter Force.

"You'll come back in love with a more varied and beautiful park than many suspect - and the right to say you've walked every foot in one another's company."

See Country Walking magazine here.

9 Sept 2023

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A Dales High Way

An exhilarating Dales High Way waymark90 miles across the glorious high country of the Yorkshire Dales

Walk this spectacular landscape from Saltaire to Appleby-in-Westmorland

Explore its rich history, geology and culture

Return with a breathtaking train ride along England's most beautiful railway

More than just a walk

Dales High Way Guide Books


"Promoted through a superbly illustrated Companion booklet, rich in local geology, history and wildlife, with detailed OS-based maps in an excellent Route Guide, the Dales High Way is a sure-fire winner for all keen Dales walkers."
- Colin Speakman
Yorkshire Dales Review

David & Bridget walk a Dales High Way
Dales High Way - the film!
Nicola with Certficate & Guestbook at Appleby TIC

Dales High Way Certificate & Guestbook

Don't forget to call in at the Appleby Tourist Information Centre when you finish your walk to sign the Guestbook and collect your Certificate.

Appleby TIC in the Moot Hall

Dales High Way Lapel Badge thumbprint Dales High Way Lapel Badges

Celebrate your Dales High Way walk with this beautiful high quality enamel lapel badge.




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