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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Friends' Summer Newsletter 2021

Summer Newsletter 2021

The new Summer Newsletter of the Friends of A Dales High Way is now available as a downloadable pdf file.

It's been a strange year, but thankfully we are beginning to get back towards some sort of normality, and walkers are returning to walk A Dales High Way once again.

Julia Pearson, who chairs the Friends, considers what wild treats can be found along the Way, as she bumps into some walkers just setting out along the route for the second time.

There's an in-depth account of the very first Ultra-marathon race along the trail, run by Punk Panther Marathons. Winner Daniel Hendriksen completed the 90-mile run in under 21 hours! Remarkable.

The Friends' were on hand running the checkpoint at Settle.

Bradford Council has been busy with some important upgrades to the route that falls in their patch, along with improvements on Ingleborough courtesy of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.

The return to full normality - expected on June 21st -  has been put on hold for at least a month, as there are worrying signs of a further wave of infections. But hopefully the roll-out of vaccinations will help us get there soon.

In the meantime, get back out on the Fells once more and enjoy the summer!

Download the Summer Newsletter as a pdf file here.

19 June 2021

New footway alongside busy Otley Road section

The new footway created alongside the busy Otley/Bingley Road

A potentially dangerous short road section near the start of A Dales High Way has been made safe, thanks to work by Bradford Council's Highways department.

The 200 metre road section leads from Weecher Reservoir onto Bingley Moor. Traffic along this stretch is very fast and the only verge on one side was difficult on foot due to a drainage ditch. This has now been stabilised and filled over with gravel, and bollards have been erected to separate it from the traffic.

The improvement had been requested by walkers from the local Walkers are Welcome groups and the Friends of A Dales High Way. The section is used by other local trails, including the Welcome Way and Bradford Millenium Way.

Originally it was anticipated that walkers' groups would raise money towards the cost of the work, but in the end the council received additional government funding to cover the full cost.

This means a much safer passage for walkers. Our thanks must go to Kevin Whittaker of Bradford Highways in particular for making this happen!

See Baildon Walkers are Welcome here.

1 June 2021

Runners complete first Dales High Way Ultra

2021 Dales High Way Ultra winner Daniel Hendriksen

17 runners set off on the first Dales High Way Ultra, organised by Punk Panther Ultra Marathons, with 12 finishing the gruelling race on Sunday morning.

Jason Millward set a blistering pace throughout the race, and as he was tracked dropping from the Howgill Fells it looked certain that he'd smash the record set only 2 days before. Alas, Jason was forced to withdraw at the final stage.

First to finish was Daniel Hendriksen, in just 20 hours 56 minutes. Daniel then went on to complete the 100 mile circuit taking in the additional High Cup Nick circular!

Second place on the Dales High Way went to Mark Kennedy, who came in 2 hours later. Second spot on the long race went to Andrew Merrick, who came in alongside the first woman to finish, Jane McCarthy, who set a new woman's record for the route at 23 hours and 2 minutes. Both also went on to complete the 100 miles.

Javid Bhatti was the other runner to complete 100 miles, with a further 8 runners completing the 90-mile Dales High Way.

Race organiser Ryk Downs said: "The race started in torrential rain, which lasted until Settle, and the timing meant everyone had to go through the Howgills in the dark, which was a huge challenge. All runners thoroughly enjoyed themselves saying that the route was stunning, yet brutal to run, especially in the conditions. They all said they would be back next year, several experienced runners saying it was the best race they had ever done!"

The Friends of A Dales High Way ran the Settle checkpoint and had a great time. The Friends received a generous donation of £170 from the race organisers.

Dales High Way Ultra runners-up (left); frineds of A Dales High Way at checkpoint 4 in Settle (right)

Photos: (top) Daniel Hendriksen presented with the Winner's Trophy by Ryk and Beverley Downes. Jane McCarthy receives the Women's Trophy and Andrew Merrick Runner-up Trophy from organisers Ryk Downes and Steven Brown (bottom left) and David & Bridget from the Friends at the Settle checkpoint (bottom right).

See the full results here.

14 May 2021

New record set before race begins

Mark kerry set new Fastest Known Time on A Dales High Way

A new Fastest Known Time record for running the route of A Dales High Way has been set just hours before the Punk Panther Ultra marathon set off.

The record - an incredible 20 hours 31 minutes 23 seconds was set by Mark Kerry as he ran into Appleby at 7.45 pm on Friday night. Mark, a "Montane Ambassador", had set off from Saltaire in the dark at 11.13 pm on Thursday night, running with a support crew including a rota of pace runners.

He was blessed with good weather conditions.

After Chris Grogan congratulated him on his achievement, Mark replied "Had such a great day out. Fantastic route."

Meanwhile, the first Punk Panther runners left Saltaire just after 6 am Saturday morning, as rain started to fall. Heavy rain is forecast for the duration, making this a very tough challenge, but the runners were all cheerful and in good spirits.

Photo shows Mark Kerry.

See the Fastest Known Time entry here. Follow the Punk Panther race live with Track Trail here.

8 May 2012

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