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Off-roaders stopped on bridleway
The drivers of four off-road vehicles were stopped last week
as they drove along a public bridleway from Weets Top, along the
route of A Dales High Way.
The vehicles were spotted by eagle-eyed National Park ranger
Rob Ashford as they illegally made use of tracks reserved for
walkers, cyclists and horse riders. Rob alerted the police at
Settle, who intercepted the four vehicles as they made their way
down towards Gordale, above Malham.
PC Harry Carpenter, of Settle Police, said: "Both the
Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and ourselves welcome
responsible use of the rights of way within the national park
but we will not tolerate inconsiderate and inappropriate use and
will take positive action against offenders especially when
damage is caused, as in this instance, to maintained paths."
All four drivers have been reported for motoring offences.
Off-road vehicles are permitted on tracks marked as Byways
Open to All Traffic (BOATs), but the use of "mechanically
propelled vehicles" (such as 4x4s) on footpaths, bridleways and
restricted byways is banned under the CROW Act 2000.
Well done Rob!
3 Dec 2019
Dales High Way Ultra
Ultra Marathon runners are preparing to tackle A Dales High
Way non-stop in the New Year.
Runners and fast walkers are being invited to take on the
trail in a time of 36 hours or less.
Up to 200 participants are expected to sign up for the race,
which is being run on the weekend of May 9th and 10th, 2020. For
the ultra-hardy, an optional additional 10 mile run up to High
Cup Nick and back from Appleby is on offer at the end, to make
up a nice 100-mile marathon.
The Dales High Way Ultra Marathon is being organised by Ryk
Downes, who has been running such events since 2017 under the
Punk Panther banner.
Ryk organised a similar race along the 80-mile Dales Way last
year, with the winner finishing in under 15 hours! The event
raised over £2,500 for the Dales Way Association and DalesBus.
The races are professionally organised, with established
checkpoints along the route and qualified medical support. Each
runner also carries a tracker so that their progress and
position can be followed throughout.
Ryk said "The Dales High Way makes for a very good
ultra-marathon course as it is a very challenging route, with
lots of climb and off-road terrain. It goes to some very remote
places, and has some great scenery with wonderful views of the
dales. It is also very easy for runners to recce as it largely
goes along the route of the railway line from Settle to
A Dales High Way has proved a popular challenge with
long-distance fell runners. The current women's solo record was
set last year by Catherine Bradley-Richardson in 35 hours and
the men's record in 2016 by 3 runners in just 26 hours.
19 Nov 2019
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