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 High Way with Three Peaks

Pen-y-ghent approach from Stainforth

An increasing number of walkers tackling A Dales High Way are taking in all of the Yorkshire Three Peaks along the route - Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside.

The official Dales High Way route includes only one of the Three Peaks - Ingleborough - but offers Whernside as an option. However, Pen-y-ghent does not feature.

It is possible, though, to include Pen-y-ghent in Section Three, which runs from Settle to Chapel-le-Dale. The suggested Pen-y-ghent - Three Peaks Alternative adds 4 miles, with an additional 300 metres of ascent, taking around 2 hours extra. However, it also gives the opportunity to break the Section at Horton-in-Ribblesdale.

Typical of this group of walkers is Ian, who flew up from the Channel Islands last summer to walk the trail and has just posted a blog about his adventures. "It is a tweaked version of the DHW, missing out the first few miles and instead starting at Ilkley, but aiming to include all of the Yorkshire 3 peaks. That's the plan anyway" he said.

The Pen-y-ghent - Three Peaks Alternative cuts from the main Dales High Way route at Stainforth Bridge, heading up through Stainforth to join the Ribble Way, climbing to Moor Head Lane and continuing north along the ridge to join the Pennine Way. It then follows the Pennine Way up to the summit of Pen-y-ghent and down to Horton-in-Ribblesdale, before heading for Ingleborough to rejoin A Dales High Way above Crummackdale.

Did Ian have a good time?

"What a walk it has been. I am a relative novice when it comes to long distance walks but this must be up there as one of the best trails in England. Many have highlights but also some ‘by the numbers’ sections, but here every day had something special, a unique feature, an achievement, an icon" he said.

"The 3 peaks formed the main event, but the appetizer was the Malham area and the dessert the Howgill Fells. That’s a sumptuous 3 courses!"

See Ian's blog here, and see the Pen-y-ghent option here.

14 Feb 2019

First cold snap of 2019

Ingleborough webcam jan 2019

The first real cold snap of this winter has finally taken hold over the Yorkshire Dales, with snow blanketing Ingleborough (see picture).

After a fairly dry summer last year the winter so far has been quite mild. The current cold spell is expected to continue through into next week.

Though winter conditions can make for some exciting walking along A Dales High Way, great care is needed on higher ground and in icy conditions underfoot.

On Sunday, January 27th a walker showing signs of mild hypothermia was helped down from Ingleborough by the volunteers from the Clapham based Cave Rescue Organisation (CRO).

On the following day another walker was injured on Malham Cove. The CRO incident report states:

"A walker (m,72) slipped and fell on the limestone pavement and sustained a suspected fractured right ankle. The team responded and splinted the injured limb, and then put the casualty onto a stretcher for a carry to the team vehicle. He was then transported to a waiting road ambulance at Malham visitor centre, from where he was transferred to hospital.

"Whilst dealing with this incident a team member slipped and fell, injuring his right wrist. No treatment was required at the scene, but a subsequent check at hospital revealed a fracture to the lower right forearm."

See the Ingleborough Webcam here, and the Cave Rescue Organisation here.

1 Feb 2019

£2.2 million for Westmorland Dales

Dales High Way walkers near Sunbiggin Tarn, Ravenstonedale Moor

A £2.27 million National Lottery grant has been awarded to the Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership scheme, with the aim to reveal, conserve and celebrate the rich geology, wildlife, cultural heritage and spectacular limestone landscapes of the Westmorland Dales.

The area lies to the north of the Howgill Fells in Cumbria, extending over 200 sq km from Maulds Meaburn in the north to Tebay in the south-west and Ravenstonedale in the south-east. The final stretch of A Dales High Way passes right through the heart of this area, which became part of an extended Yorkshire Dales National Park in 2016.

A total of 21 projects will be delivered by a partnership of organisations over a four year period.

There will be opportunities for volunteers to survey the unique heritage and long distance routes of the Westmorland Dales through desk and field survey with the Yorkshire Dales National Park and other partners. Heritage routes include drove roads, green lanes, and public rights of way; long distance routes include the Coast to Coast, Lady Annes’s Way and Pennine Bridleway. Volunteers will assess routes for essential improvements, record features and research each route’s unique history.

This remote and beautiful pastoral landscape has a unique mix of habitats and remarkably intact pattern of historical settlements and features. It has 79 Scheduled Monuments, 19 Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) and two National Nature Reserves. However, it has been largely ’hidden’ for the last 70 years, tucked away between the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks.

David Evans, development officer at Friends of the Lake District who are acting as lead body on behalf of the Partnership said: “We can’t wait to get started on the delivery of the scheme. We’ve worked with volunteers, community organisations, interest groups, farmers, landowners and businesses throughout the planning phase to help shape the projects."

See the Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership here.

14 Jan 2019

Cold plunge at White Wells greets New Year

Plunge pool at White Wells, new years day 2019 - T&A

New Year's Day got underway with the traditional cold water bath at White Wells, overlooking Ilkley.

Volunteers signed up at the White Wells cafe before walking next door and taking the steps down into the murky water. The first to tackle the Ilkley challenge was Sandra Gale, who was followed by families and people of all ages.

Charli Oliver, 19, from Perth, in Western Australia, was joined by her boyfriend Matthew Lloyd and 15-year-old sister, Amy (see photo (c) Bradford Telegraph & Argus)

"It wasn't as bad as I was expecting," said Charli, who claimed the water was about six degrees centigrade. "My sister said she couldn't breathe when she got in because it was so cold."

White Wells is a spa bath situated on Ilkley Moor, on the route of A Dales High Way. It was built in around 1700 as an open air spa bath, later baths were enclosed and a single plunge pool survives today.

The current tenants have been there for nearly 20 years, but there are fears that the historic building could fall into disrepair, following council plans to double the rent. Previously the site stood empty for some time.

Town councillor Anne Hawkesworth said: "At that time the cottage was empty because a tenant could not be found. The security costs were exorbitant and a solution had to be found. It was decided that the answer was probably to find a tenant who would act as a caretaker on a nominal peppercorn rent- in reality who else would live up there - I certainly wouldn't."

She said the arrangement also included a requirement to open the cafe at specific times.

See more of White Wells here, and see the T&A report here.

2 Jan 2019

Ride2Stride 2019 Programme

The programme for next year's Ride2Stride - the Settle-Carlisle Walking and Music Festival - is now available online. The festival runs from April 30th to May 6th.

The popular festival of walks, talks and music along the world famous railway line is now in its 8th year. There are 31 led walks on offer, ranging from a 2 mile tour of the iconic Ribblehead Viaduct, to a 15 mile strenuous hike from Ribblehead to Horton crossing mighty Ingleborough.

Beyond Victoria Cave

Chris Grogan is leading a walk on behalf of the Friends of A Dales High Way on Friday, May 3rd, taking in sections of the long-distance trail around Settle. The 8.5 mile moderate circular walk from the town's station takes in the Crags, Caves and Kilns to the east of the town, with some steep climbs, before returning along the riverside. It starts at 10.22 to meet the train departing from Leeds at 09.19, with an expected return in time for the 16.28 train back to Leeds, after a short refreshment stop in the pub.

There are also three talks on offer in Settle through the week, as well as the lively music sessions each evening in pubs along the line from Appleby southwards. Especially welcome is the return to The Station Inn at Ribblehead on a Saturday night.

There was a brief moment in summer when it seemed the 2019 R2S festival might not happen, due to a number of logistical problems faced by a denuded steering group, but these issues were soon resolved and a new festival committee was established to take things forward.

The walks are free and no pre-booking is required. Just turn up at the designated railway station for the start.

See ride2stride.co.uk for the 2019 R2S Festival Programme. An archive of the R2S programmes from 2012-2018 can be seen at ride2stride.org.uk

22 Dec 2018

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