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 in top 25 Big Trails of British Isles

Big Trails - Great Britain and Ireland

A Dales High Way heads up the list in a stunning new book highlighting the best 25 long-distance trails in the British Isles.

Big Trails - Great Britain and Ireland is published this week by Sheffield based Vertebrate Publishing, who have been producing award-winning outdoor adventure and mountaineering guides since 2004.

The big glossy book "is an inspirational guide to the most iconic, spectacular and popular long-distance trails in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland,, Ireland and the Isle of Man." It is crammed with gorgeous pictures, informative overviews and detailed outlines of each of the 25 featured routes.

It features 4 big trails on the island of Ireland, including the "Best Off the Beaten Track Trail" - the Beara Way; 3 in Scotland, including "Britain's Friendliest Trail" - the West Highland Way; 3 in Wales, including the "Wildest Adventure" - the Cambrian Way; and the Isles of Man's  Raad ny Foillan - "Perfect for All the Family".

Of the remaining 14 trails, 5 cross Yorkshire: The Pennine Way; Wainwright's Coast to Coast; The Cleveland Way; the Dales Way and A Dales High Way.

A Dales High Way is described as one of the "undiscovered gems" amongst the trails. "...the verdant lushness of the Eden valley, the timelessness of dry stone walls lining high pastures, the sparkling waterfalls, and the wide blue bird-strewn skies will make you fall in love with this high route over the Dales. In spring you crush wild garlic in bluebell-rich woods, and in summer the moors glow purple with heather. On a fine day this may be the brightest and most beautiful countryside you'll encounter in England."

The book is designed to inspire big adventures rather than be carried as a guide and provides everything needed to plan and explore further.

Big Trails - Great Britain and Ireland, edited by Kathy Rogers and Stephen Ross, (Vertebrate Publishing, ISBN 9781839810008) £17.99.

See the Big Trails at Vertebrate Publishing here.

19 Oct 2020

Amazing new tool for mountain rescue

An amazing new way of reaching injured walkers on the fells was tested out in Langdale, Cumbria last week.

A jet suit which could fly a paramedic to an isolated casualty in minutes has been described as “awesome” by an air ambulance service which covers parts of Yorkshire and Cumbria.

The system has been demonstrated in a test flight in the Lake District after a year of discussions between the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) and the firm which has developed the technology, Gravity Industries.

Richard Browning , Gravity Industries founder and chief test pilot, flew from the valley bottom in Langdale, Cumbria, to a simulated casualty site on The Band, near Bowfell.

GNAAS said the casualty site would have taken around 25 minutes to reach by foot but Mr Browning arrived in his 1050 brake horsepower jet suit in 90 seconds, and that the suit could save lives.

Andy Mawson, director of operations and paramedic at GNAAS, said the Lake District could be a possible location for a “Jet Suit paramedic” following a study of the charity’s call-out data.

He said: “It showed dozens of patients every month within the complex but relatively small geographical footprint of the Lakes. We could see the need. What we didn’t know for sure is how this would work in practice. Well, we’ve seen it now and it is, quite honestly, awesome.”

GNAAS and Gravity Industries said they wanted to thank Langdale Mountain Rescue Team, the National Trust, Stool End Farm and Cumbria Police for helping make the test possible.

See Gravity Industries here, and the Great North Air Ambulance Service here.

1 October 2020

Hen Harrier breeding success

HenHarriersNest_(image_Stephen_Murphy,_Natural_England.)

It has been the best year for hen harrier breeding in England since Natural England’s hen harrier recovery project was established in 2002, with 60 chicks fledged from 19 nests across Northumberland, the Yorkshire Dales, Cumbria and Lancashire in early summer 2020.

Natural England has attached satellite tags to 23 of these birds.

The success has been down to several factors including high numbers of voles which are a key food source, good weather, and strong partnership working.

Hen harriers were once found across upland and lowland Britain, however after 1830 it became an exceptionally rare breeding bird in England due to raptor persecution, which was then made illegal in 1954. The hen harrier is now one of England’s rarest birds of prey.

Tony Juniper, Chairman of Natural England, said: “Despite the great progress there is though no cause for complacency. Too many birds still go missing in unexplained circumstances and I urge anyone who is still engaged in the persecution of these magnificent creatures to cease at once. Hen harriers remain critically endangered in England and there is a long way to go before the population returns to what it should be.”

Amanda Anderson, Director of the Moorland Association, said: “Twelve of the nests reported today are on land managed for grouse shooting and this reflects a genuine commitment from moor owners and managers to work with others and help rebuild the harrier population.”

This year’s success means that 141 hen harrier chicks have fledged over the past three years alone.

See Natural England here. See our previous story here.

12 Sept 2020

Last chance for Staycation Express

Staycation Express.  (Image: Rail Charter Services Ltd.)

There's still a fortnight to enjoy a first class luxury rail journey along the Settle-Carlisle line.

Whilst restrictions on rail travel were beginning to ease, a new tourist luxury daily charter service began to run on the Settle to Carlisle line.

With three daily return journeys between Skipton and Appleby, stopping at Settle only, the service began on July 20th and will finish on September 12th.

The train is made up of First-Class carriages offering spacious, well-padded seats and large windows from which passengers can view the stunning scenery. Tickets cost £39 per couple one-way.

The charter train service consists of four Mark 3 First-Class coaches (FOs) and one Mark 2 compartment brake vehicle (BFK), the latter not open for public use.  The train is hauled by two class 47 locomotives, one at either end.  The train will be operated by Locomotive Services Ltd (TOC) and promoted through Rail Charter Services Ltd and The Settle Carlisle Railway Development Company Ltd.

All services have stringent social distancing measures in place to ensure the best safety for both customers and staff on board.  With online pre-booking, individual seating areas divided by Perspex screens, and a socially divided one-way boarding and alighting system - passengers are made to feel at ease from the beginning of their journey. 

It's also a great way to enjoy the return journey for those walkers completing A Dales High Way in the next 2 weeks!

See more about the Staycation Express here.

1 Sept 2020

Glovershaw Beck path re-opens

Glovershaw Beck path repairs

The path alongside Glovershaw Beck, near the start of A Dales High Way, has been repaired using an ingenious technique and is open once again.

There was a real problem facing Bradford Council's countryside team when the path was washed away for the second time in three years following Storm Ciara in February. The steep beckside wall was scoured away by floodwater, leaving a precarious thin ledge for walkers. The council had no option but to close the path until a solution could be found.

With the steep banking clearly susceptible to further erosion, and the landowner reluctant to allow continued encroachment into their field, a really novel solution was required.

Contractors from midlands-based Geogrow Ltd. were called to help instal a deep  "green" revetment - a "Vegetated Wall System" called Rootlok - to support the path.

Rootlok is described as "a soft engineered system that is a competitive alternative to concrete, gabion and other hard revetment systems that do little to benefit the natural environment."

Permable geotextile bags filled with gravel form the lower layers, with bags containing a seeded mixture of soils, compost and sands forming the upper layers. The bags are bound together and back filled to form a stable revetment that will grass-over in time.

Further stone support has been added to the upstream side.

Bradford Countryside officer Richard Perham said "We have never used it before, but I think we will again."

The Bradford countryside team have also worked along the whole section - the path strimmed and cleared, branches trimmed, a fence and gate restored, the wire fence repaired. It's an amazing job.

See previous story here. See the Rootlok system here.

7 August 2020

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