News en route
Glovershaw Beck improvement
A recently repaired section of path alongside Glovershaw
Beck, near the start of A Dales High Way,
has been improved further.
The path was originally repaired with an innovative "green
revetment" last August, after floods had washed away a section
But further flash flooding over the winter had caused a
partial collapse of the new banking. The original contractors returned to fix the problem, and over two days
re-engineered and extended the revetment with a more contoured
The beck floor has also been cleared.
It is hoped the new look revetment will better carry the
surge of flood water when it returns. The repair has come just as
walkers begin to return for the new season.
2 April 2021
View from the Riverbank
Three presentations on different environmental projects in
the Eden Valley are on offer to all this spring, hosted by
EDEN Rivers Trust (ERT).
View from the riverbank features three virtual talks
via Zoom – river restoration, natural flood management and the
eradication of invasive non-native species. It will begin with
River restoration in the Upper Eden, Thursday, March 18,
6.30-7pm, with Lev Dahl, River Restoration Manager, who gives an
exclusive virtual tour of a couple of recently completed river
restoration projects in the Upper Eden.
Natural flood management in the Pennines follows
on Thursday 22 April, with Dr. Jenny Garbe, the Trust's Natural
Flood Management Project Manager, on covering leaky dams, tree
and hedge planting, and how they all contribute to reducing the
risk of flooding to Eden’s Communities at Risk.
Finally Ditching the invasive species in Trout Beck and
beyond on Thursday 20 May, with Dr. Jenny Garbe, Trout
Beck Project Manager and Jenni Payne, Volunteer Coordinator, who
will talk about their battle against one of Eden’s most prolific
alien invaders – Himalayan balsam.
The projects cover the Upper Eden valley, where A
Dales High Way enters its final stage, finishing
at Appleby-in-Westmorland. This part of the Westmorland Dales
became part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park in August 2016.
Each 30-minute talk will be followed by a Q&A session where
you can ask your burning questions. Joining in is easy, though
you will need to register in advance to book your place. Once
you have registered, you will be sent a confirmation email with
the details of how to log in.
15 march 2021
Government Roadmap - when can Trail Walking Resume?
Walkers planning to tackle A Dales High Way this summer can
begin planning in earnest, with the new government roadmap
offering a potential timeline for the easing of current
The 4-part roadmap suggests that by 17 May hotels, B&Bs and
hostels can re-open, and by as early as 12 April walking
holidays will be possible for those hiring holiday cottages or
All the proposed dates are given as the earliest for each
step change, subject to the success of the ongoing vaccination
program and the continued reduction in the infection rate.
Travel restrictions remain in the initial stage, with some
restrictions lifted on 8 March. By 29 March the "Stay at Home"
rule ends, but the advice to only travel locally remains in
Step 2, on 12 April, expect an easing of travel restrictions,
with non-essential retail opening and pubs, restaurants and
cafes able to offer outdoor service. Self contained
accommodation - holiday cottages and some camping facilities,
will become available.
Step 3, on 17 May, sees outdoor events and entertainment
open, with outdoor gatherings of up to 30 people allowed.
Hotels, B&Bs and hostels reopen with pubs, cafes and restaurants
able to offer table service indoors.
By 21 June, Step 4, all restrictions are expected to be
Social distancing and Covid-19 hygiene rules will continue
1 March 2021
New Online Map Tools to aid Trail Planning
Some new online map tools have been developed to help those
planning to walk A Dales High Way.
The new map features have been developed by Skyware Press,
who publish the Dales High Way Route Guide and Companion, and
are free to use on this website.
Tony Grogan, co-author of the books and a director of
Skyware, said: "We have been offering an online map of the route
for some time, which allows people to zoom in and pan around and
explore the route in detail. But, taking advantage of the
current lockdown restrictions, we have spent some time adding
new features, which we hope will help those planning and walking
the route in the future."
The online map uses Ordnance Survey Map API mapping which
shows topographical detail at several different zoom levels and
allows users to explore the whole route with ease.
"There is a new feature which shows the Skyware strip-map
coverage, as shown in the Route Guide, allowing the coverage to
be seen in a wider context.
"There is also an new Geolocation Tracking feature, which is
aimed at users of mobile devices like modern smartphones, which
are GPS enabled. This allows you to track your position relative
to the route, and hopefully will help reassure walkers when
There are a couple of caveats: the geolocation tracking
feature uses mapping which requires a good strong signal to
download - which may be sometimes unavailable along the trail,
especially in more remote locations. This feature also tends to
drain battery charge quicker when in constant use, so should be
"These are still in early development, so we'd very much
appreciate any feedback. Email us at "friends (at) daleshighway
(dot) org (dot) uk and let us know what you think" said Tony.
These tools should only be used as an aid; walkers on the
route should use the Route Guide or map and a compass for
13 Feb 2021
Surprising Lockdown Stats for Dales National Park
There were some very surprising results from visitor surveys
in the Yorkshire Dales National Park through the Covid-19
pandemic last year.
Despite severe lockdowns in early spring and late autumn,
visitor numbers overall remained high, with more first time
visitors to the National Park and many more younger visitors.
The surprising stats were laid out by Kathryn Beardmore,
director of Park Services, at the virtual meeting of the Park's
Management Plan Annual Forum, which was held on 20 January.
Typically, only 44% of visitors are under 55 years old, but
last year this shot up to 70%. For many this was their first
visit to the Park, including a third of visitors to Malham and a
half of visitors to Aysgarth.
Walking was one of the chief attractions, with as many
visiting Malham Cove in between July and October as any other
year, and more walkers climbing Pen-y-ghent in this period than
previous years. Over 80% reported being "extremely satisfied"
with their visit, despite many facilities being closed.
Pre-Covid tourism figures showed a steady increase between
2015 and 2019, with a 30% increase in staying visitors in the
summer months (April to September), and a very welcome 40%
increase in the winter months (October to March). Undoubtedly
the award of International Dark Sky Reserve status for the
National Park last December can only help.
PHOTO: Light pollution photo shows National Park Dark Sky
1 Feb 2021