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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Dales Way Souvenir for first 50 Years

50 Years of the Dales Way

A special souvenir booklet celebrating the first 50 Years of the Dales Way  - one of our most popular and cherished long distance trails - is now on sale.

The booklet traces the extraordinary story of how the enthusiasm, determination and dedication of a small group of Ramblers 50 years ago turned their vision into reality.

It is beautifully illustrated with over 60 full-colour photos, including some rare and exclusive historical images. The special limited souvenir edition will be of interest to walkers everywhere.

The Dales Way was the inspiration for its younger, more challenging sister route - A Dales High Way.

The Dales Way Association is organising a number of events to celebrate this historic landmark including:-

  • A recreation of the very first Dales Way walk, which will take place on Saturday, August 3rd. Colin Speakman, will lead walkers from Ilkley to Bolton Abbey. Meet at the Old Ilkley Bridge at 10 a.m.
  • An exhibition about the Dales Way at Ilkley's Manor House, which opens on August 3rd after the walk. Admission is free.
  • An Ultra Marathon run along the full length of the Dales Way is being staged by Punk Panthers and will feature up to 250 competitors, both runners and fast walkers. The race will start on the morning of Saturday, 17th August 2019, and will be run over 36 hours, starting in the Lake District and finishing in Ilkley.

50 Years of the Dales Way by Colin Speakman and Tony Grogan, ISBN 978-1-911321-04-0, 28 pages, full colour, £4.99. Published by Skyware Press on behalf of the Dales Way Association (DWA), the booklet can be bought online for just £4.99 post-free, with proceeds going to the DWA.

Buy online from publishers Skyware Press here. See the DWA 50th anniversary celebrations here.

1 July 2019

Summer Newsletter Available now

Newsletter no. 6

The summer newsletter number 6, from the Friends of A Dales High Way, is now available to download.

The newsletter focuses on different approaches to walking the 90-mile long distance trail.

Chair of the Friends, Julia Pearson, reflects on walking A Dales High Way last summer in a traditional way, starting with a couple of day walks, then finishing with a 6-day hike, using a mix of camping and B&Bs.

Catherine Bradley-Richardson tackled the trail the hard way, setting a new women's' record of just 35 hours!

Chris Grogan outlines how we managed to walk the trail the slow way - as a series of day walks, using public transport, as part of the celebrations for the trail's 10th anniversary last year.

With careful planning it is possible for anyone to walk the entire trail this way, making use of the train along the world-famous Leeds-Settle-Carlisle line, along with an occasional bus link and a local taxi service.

Finally Bridget Izod takes a straw poll on the top 10 Dales High Way snacks people like to take with them on the trail. Is your favourite in there?

Download the 2019 Summer Newsletter no. 6 as a pdf here. See the Friends of A Dales High Way here.

14 June 2019

Whernside footpath repairs completed

Whernside Bruntscar path before repairs

Work to repair a 200 metre section of path on Whernside, above Bruntscar, has now been completed.

The section of path takes a battering from thousands of boots each year, as a part of the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge route. It is also a popular alternative route into Dentdale for Dales High Way walkers.

£46,000 was needed for the repairs, and an appeal was launched by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) in November 2017, as part of the British Mountaineering Council’s Mend Our Mountains appeal.

Rewards on offer to donors included copies of the new edition of A Dales High Way Companion, provided by publishers Skyware Press.

Kate Hildich, YDNPA Area Manager for the Southern Dales, said "I am pleased to be able to let you know that not only have we been successful in raising £46,409, but that the works have now also been completed on site. The works will of course take a bit of time to ‘bed in’ and for the surrounding vegetation to recover, but all feedback has been incredibly positive about the improvements that have been made."

Photo shows the path before repairs.

See our previous posting here. Follow the Three Peaks Ranger on Facebook here.

1 June 2019

Wildlife walk celebrates public transport champion

John Disney and Oxenber Woods

A celebration of the life and interests of Dr John Disney was held on Saturday, with four walks around Settle followed by a reception at the Royal Oak.

John was a passionate advocate of integrated public transport, a keen walker and a co-ordinator of the Friends of the Settle Carlisle Line public walks programme. He died suddenly on Saturday 20th October 2018, aged just 58.

The walks took in sections of A Dales High Way, including an 8 mile walk to Austwick via Oxenber Wood, rich in wild flowers at this time of year. John had a passion for walking, gardening, the countryside and rural affairs.

John, born in 1960, was educated at Ilkeston Grammar School, Nottingham University obtaining a degree in Mathematics followed by a doctorate at Trent Polytechnic. He went on to be a senior lecturer at Nottingham Trent University, specialising in Business and Quality Management.

John was active in many circles. He was a member of the Royal Statistical Society, a board member of the Dales and Bowland Community Interest Company and supporter of the Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line. He had a special relationship with the Derbyshire and Yorkshire Dales and campaigned actively to maintain integrated rail and bus services into hard to reach public spaces. Frequently he was consulted as an expert witness on topics including HS2, rural rail and bus services, road user charging and workplace parking. He also contributed to radio and TV regarding such matters and was shortly to give evidence to the House of Commons Transport Select Committee Inquiry into the state of rural bus services.

See more on the John Disney Day here, and see John discussing bus funding here.

12 May 2019

Friends lead visit to Crags, Caves & Kilns

After a week of sunshine, grey skies greeted The Friends of A Dales High Way as they led a walk above Settle to Attermire Scar, Victoria Cave and the Hoffmann Kiln on Friday. But the sudden change in the weather failed to dampen spirits, and the entire troupe finished off the day with a celebratory drink or two in the Lion Inn.

Victoria Cave

The walk, part of this year's Ride2Stride Walking Festival, set off 30 minutes late due to a train failure at Leeds. A steep climb to the southeast by Preston's Barn, onto Stockdale Lane and up beside Sugar Loaf Hill was rewarded with a short coffee break to enjoy the stunning views of Attermire Scar and Warrendale Knotts. A further sharp climb then to Victoria Cave itself, where excavations have revealed evidence of the earliest modern human occupation in the area some 11,000 years ago, together with bone fragments of lion, hippopotamus and elephant from before the last ice age!

After a lunch break at Jubilee Caves, the walkers headed down to Stainforth, stopping along the way to admire the spectacular long drop waterfall of Cattrigg Foss.

The incredible site of the Craven Lime Works, with a walk through the eerie cavernous Hoffmann Kiln, provided a further stopping point, before an easy afternoon ramble on a section of A Dales High Way alongside the River Ribble back to Settle.

Walk leader Chris Grogan said "Thanks to everyone who came along. It's good to see old friends and new faces enjoying A Dales High Way together."

See the Hoffmann Kiln here, and Ride2Stride 2019 here

4 May 2019

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"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
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David & Bridget walk a Dales High Way
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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

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