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

News Archive 2021

Ingleborough Rescue Highlights Concerns

Ingleborough rescue on Jan 10 2021 by CRO - photo Paul Moore

Concerns that people are ignoring Covid-19 restrictions to visit the Yorkshire Dales were highlighted this weekend when two walkers had to be rescued from the summit of Ingleborough.

Volunteers from the Cave Rescue Organisation (CRO) based in Clapham were called out by North Yorkshire Police at 4.30 pm on Sunday, after a couple of walkers had lost their way on the summit due to low lying fog, ice and snow.

The CRO noted that the couple, who had driven up from Rochdale, had set off at 1 pm, wearing lightweight jackets and smooth-soled footwear as well as using Google Maps for navigation.

Superintendent Mike Walker said: “This couple were incredibly fortunate to have come through this experience without injury and be able to tell the tale. We very clearly advised members of the public this weekend to stay at home and when taking exercise, stay local to stop the spread of Covid.

"Quite simply driving miles and miles, out of your village, town or city to visit an open space is not a necessary journey and is not acceptable. Neither is arriving at a challenging walking location, inexperienced and unprepared in treacherous weather conditions.

"By making an irresponsible and ill-informed decision, the safety of others such as the Cave Rescue Organisation volunteers is also put in jeopardy and if any injury resulted, pressure upon already stretched NHS resources."

On the same day another walker was rescued from the hillside below Blua Crags, above Settle, after she slipped on steep, frozen ground, sustaining a suspected ankle fracture.

See the Cave Rescue Organisation here

14 Jan 2021

New Year - New Hope

HF Holidays

After a year to forget, at last there's hope that 2021 will be different. Today the new Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine begins being administered to people across the country.

The government intends that over 20 million of the most at-risk citizens will have been vaccinated by April. With their current record of delivering on plans though, that seems optimistic. But by early summer we should be able to return to long-distance walking, even walking holidays - as we did briefly in the late summer of 2020.

It comes at a time when second wave infections and hospitalisations due to the new Covid-19 strain are passing the peak of the first deadly wave last April. But hopefully this will begin to be reversed as the vaccine is rolled out in numbers.

At the moment, only local people are eligible to go out walking along sections of A Dales High Way. North Yorkshire now falls within tier 3, Cumbria falls within tier 4. In these tiers you should avoid travel outside your local area. These restrictions look likely to be tightened, at least in the short term.

But now is the time to be optimistic and start planning for the summer, when hopefully once again we can set off across the glorious high country of the Yorkshire Dales and Eden valley.

See the latest Yorkshire Dales National Park Covid-19 update here.

4 Jan 2021

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