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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Saltaire Festival Sunshine

Saltaire Festival in Roberts Park

Sunshine greeted visitors to Saltaire Festival this weekend, returning after a two-year absence due to the pandemic.

The second weekend of the festival included a funfair by Shipley Glen Tramway, a Continental Street Market along Exhibition Road and a Makers Fair at Victoria Hall.

Picnickers in Roberts Park were be treated to music in the Bandstand.

Last weekend saw an open-house event with gardens around Saltaire welcoming visitors.

Though the Festival is somewhat pared back from the usual busy schedule of events, it has proved none-the-less popular with visitors looking for some respite from the restrictions of the last two years.

The World Heritage Site of Saltaire is the start of A Dales High Way.

See Saltaire Festival here.

18 Sept 2021

Great North Bog Initiative

Jenny and a peat hag

The Great North Bog Initiative is one of five landmark projects that will receive £16 million awarded through the first round of Natural England’s Peat Restoration Grants.

The awards were announced last Friday as the first stage of a £50 million investment, building on the government's pledge to restore approximately 35,000 hectares of peatland in England by the end of this Parliament.

The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, together with the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership and Manchester University, will carry out restoration work on degraded blanket bog across 15 sites in a new collaboration called the Great North Bog Initiative.

Environment Minister Rebecca Pow said: "Our peatlands are remarkable habitats which provide homes for many precious species and hold enormous amounts of carbon. By restoring 35,000 ha of damaged and degraded peatlands in England, 9 million tonnes of carbon dioxide would be prevented from being released by 2050 which would make a significant contribution to combatting the devastating impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss."

The early route of A Dales High Way crosses Rombald Moor, important for it's upland peat bogs.

The Great North Bog is a landscape-scale approach to upland peatland restoration and will build on the work already undertaken by individual schemes, such as Moors for the Future Partnership.

See The Great North Bog Initiative here, and see our previous post here.

1 Sept 2021

Appleby Horse Fair Returns

Appleby Horse Fair

The traditional Appleby Horse Fair which attracts thousands of gypsies and travellers returned last week after the 2020 fair was cancelled due to the pandemic - only the second cancellation in its recent history.

The event normally takes place in June and has been going since the 1750s.

Some businesses in the town have decided to close over fears the fair may prompt a rise in Covid cases. Pop-up clinics are being made available for those who have not yet been vaccinated.

Les Clark, deputy chief executive of Eden District Council, said despite people's fears over the spread of coronavirus, it was the right that the gathering should go ahead.

"We could either wrap around that support, like we normally do, or we let things happen unplanned and ad hoc, which would be very difficult to control," he said.

Additional police resources were on hand after reports of a "fued" between two groups. Four people were charged with disorder offences after several arrests were made on Friday.

But on the whole, the fine weather meant another enjoyable week for the thousands who visited Appleby.

See the Appleby Horse fair site here.

16 August 2021

Skipton Gateway project to start next summer

Skipton Gateway plans for station access

Visualisation of new access to Skipton Railway Station (above).

North Yorkshire County Council hope to have plans for a £7.8 million "Gateway" scheme for Skipton finalised by next June, with work starting shortly afterwards. The project should be finished by Spring 2023.

The project will improve access for walkers and cyclists from the railway station, with additional links to the bus station, town centre and the college.

A recent public consultation has shown overall support, but with some adjustments needed.

North Yorkshire County Councillor Don Mackenzie said: “We are looking at alternatives for Broughton Road by putting the cycle lane on the highway as opposed to it being segregated from traffic and we are also taking steps to calm traffic.

“The project has had good support overall and what it is aiming to do is improve cycling and walking options not just for residents but also visitors because Skipton is the gateway to the Dales after all.

“When people arrive by train or bus we want them to feel like they are right in the centre of an area with improved facilities for all.”

Walkers tackling A Dales High Way in sections make particular use of the railway station.

The scheme is supported by the County Council, Craven District Council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

See more on the Skipton Gateway scheme here.

1 Aug 2021

Relief as Public Toilets reopen in Saltaire

Toilet block at Saltaire reopens

Walkers planning to set out on A Dales High Way will be relieved to find that the public toilets in Saltaire, shut for four years, have reopened after a £15,000 refurbishment.

The block at the Caroline Street car park was closed along with the Saltaire Tourist Information Centre by Bradford Council as a cost-saving measure - a move that was much criticised as a retrograde step for a World Heritage site.

Two months ago the newly formed Shipley Town Council decided to take over the licence to run the site, rent-free from the District Council, initially on a year's trial basis.

The money has been used to deep-clean the facilities, repaint it in the heritage colour "Saltaire Green" and generally repair the toilets.

The toilets will be open between 8am and 8pm during the summer months, in normal circumstances, including weekends. There will be no charge and they will be cleaned once per day.

Councillor Mike Connors, Chair of Shipley Town Council, cut the ribbon on the refreshed toilet block last Saturday.

He said: "We ultimately owe the re-opening of this much-needed facility to Robbie Martin, who had the foresight to successfully petition for the creation of Shipley Town Council. Without the new town council, it is unlikely that Saltaire's toilets would have been re-opened in 2021, if ever."

See Shipley Town Council's website here

19 July 2021

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