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

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New exhibition of "Commoners" lives

Shepherds on Ingleborough by Rob Fraser

A new exhibition of written and photographic portraits of the farmers, gamekeepers and conservationists who work on Ingleborough Common, Grassington Common and Brant Fell Common near Sedbergh are being exhibited at the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes.

‘Labour of Love’ is a new exhibition by photographer Rob Fraser and writer Harriet Fraser. They run an environmental art and research practice from near Kendal.

The exhibition presents stories they have gathered during two years of meeting people who farm and manage commons in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Dartmoor, the Lake District and the Shropshire Hills.

Harriet Fraser said:  “For commoners there is a lot of uncertainty and threats to this way of life – and we’ve been cataloguing that.

“At the heart of our work is meeting people and listening to people.  So I’m out and about with my microphone, Rob with his camera. And we learn from everyone we meet, whether we’re on a peat bog, or on the fell looking at dung beetles, or talking about management of the sheep, or talking to somebody from the National Trust about how to deal with the challenges we are facing." 

‘Labour of Love’ at the Dales Countryside Museum (open daily, 10-5pm) will run until 8 September. It is being staged as part of ‘Our Common Cause: Our Upland Commons’, a three-year project led by the charity, Foundation for Common Land.  As well as Rob and Harriet Fraser’s work, there are wild boar bones from Ingleborough and items from the museum’s permanent collection to see.

Photo: Shepherds meeting on the summit of Ingleborough at the start of a sheep gather in November, by Rob Fraser.

See the Dales Countryside Museum here.

16 May 2024

Community bid to run Dent's Sun Inn

Sun Inn Dent

The residents of Dentdale aim to buy their favourite pub, the ancient Sun Inn on Dent Main Street.

The Sun is a popular local pub at heart of the community, welcoming visitors since the 16th Century, and a favoured stop-over for Dales High Way walkers.

On the market for £525,000, the pub has been up for sale for more than two years and is facing an uncertain future, so a group of local people met last week and have decided it was time to act.

They have set up a Community Interest Company to apply for a grant from the Government and also plan to sell shares in the company to raise money.

The first step will be a Pledge of Shares at a second public meeting to be held in the Haygarth Room, Dent Memorial Hall, on May 8th at 7pm. Shares will cost £5 each. They have already gained pledges of support from the local Parish Council; the Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line (Foscl); Western Dales Bus and the Friends of A Dales High Way!

See the Save Our Sun website here.

1 May 2024

ride2stride 2024

Ride2Stride 2024

The popular Settle-Carlisle walking festival - ride2stride - is back again this year with a packed programme of free walks, talks and music. The festival, at the heart of Dales High Way country, runs from Tuesday April 30th to Monday May 6th.

The annual festival began back in 2012, but was sorely missed for a 3-year period during the pandemic. Its return last year proved to be very popular indeed.

In March the festival was picked by the Observer and Guardian newspapers as one of the top ten walking festivals in Britain: "An annual week-long celebration of the western Dales and Eden Valley, the festival’s varied programme of walks all begin and end at stations along the Settle-Carlisle line – one of the most spectacular stretches of train line in the UK. New for 2024 will be Trail Tasters, walks that offer the chance to sample sections of some of the region’s long-distance trails, as well as annual favourites and live music and entertainment at pubs in the area."

A visit to Giggleswick Chapel marks part of one of the walks on the first day. All the led walks are free and no prior booking is needed.

For a full programme see ride2stride.co.uk

10 April 2024

Saltaire and Skipton amongst best places to live

Saltaire shops 2024

Saltaire and Skipton are amongst the best places to live in the north and northeast region, according to the Sunday Times Guide for 2024.

Leeds was the winner for the region, being "the best place to live if you want to work hard and play hard in the biggest, buzziest city in the north."

Saltaire - the starting point for A Dales High Way, was described as "the best place to live if you fancy a funky village vibe within commuting distance of Leeds and Bradford."

The Guide notes: It was a model village built by the 19th-centuray mill-owner, wool baron and temperance titan Sir Titus Salt for his workers and now, two centuries later, Saltaire is a model address for 21st century living. Its streets echo with the clatter of Birkenstocks and chukka boots on the cobblestones, as everyone from creatives to teachers, techies to NHS workers is choosing to make BD18 their home.

Designated a Unesco world heritage site in 2001, surrounded by greenery yet only minutes from the cities of West Yorkshire, Saltaire is as posh as Bradford gets - but also as down to earth as the Yorkshire pudding, sausages and curry gravy served at the cheekily named bar Don't Tell Titus. "it's one of the most unusual places I've lived," says Saskia Brown, 36, a neurology nurse at Leeds General Infirmary and a Morris dancer. "The architecture is amazing and it just feels very safe. We even have a Facebook page for our local cats."

Skipton, first stop on A Dales High Way, was the overall winner in 2014. The guide says it is the best place if "You're up for a free-spirited, family friendly market town."

See our previous post here, and the Sunday Times Guide here.

20 Mar 2024

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