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 2022

Records smashed in High Way Ultra

Dales High Way Ultra marathon 2022, checkpoint 1 at Addingham. Paul Haigh running.

This year's Dales High Way Ultra produced some outstanding performances - and a number of new records, including beating the Fastest Known Time by 50 minutes!

The race start was staggered from 6 am to 9 am, with Paul Haigh taking an early lead in the field, which he maintained to the end. Paul finished in a remarkable time of just 19 hours 39 minutes. It looked like that might be it, but then just as dawn broke Matthew Kennedy appeared at the top of Boroughgate in Appleby. His later start meant he was neck-and-neck with Paul. In the end he pipped Paul's new record by just 2 minutes!

Last year's all-round winner, Daniel Hendrickson, also broke the old record, completing the 90-mile Dales High Way in just 19 hours 51 minutes. He went on to finish the Dales High Way Plus (an extra knee-crunching loop around High Cup Nick adding another 14 miles) in a new record time of 24 hours and five minutes to become overall winner of the event for the second year running!

Bev Holmes became the first woman veteran over 50 (FV50) to complete the main 90-mile route, coming in with a time of 26 hours 8 minutes, alongside Andrew Clitheroe. Ultra running legend Sharon Gayter became the first FV50 to complete the 104 mile event, in a time of 31 hours 48 minutes.

There were many other personal records set. Even those who had to drop out before the finish enjoyed the challenge. Grant Smalley said "I'm not bothered about medals, T-shirts and all that jazz. It's great yeah, but I run to have fun. I had so much fun. I might be a little gutted, but I'm experienced enough now to not let it beat me down. To say it was tough was an understatement. To say it was a tremendous course, is equally so. Absolutely beautiful. Of what I saw, pound for pound it's the toughest course I've ever done. It's also my favourite."

Picture shows Paul Haigh leaving check-point 1 at Addingham, run by the Friends of A Dales High Way.

See the full race results here. See Punk Panther Ultramarathons here.

9 May 2022

Yorkshire Heritage Way launch

Yorkshire Heritage Way Launch - photo John Sparshatt

A NEW 42 mile Yorkshire Heritage Way recreational trail between Bradford Cathedral and Ripon Cathedral was officially launched this weekend.

The trail links the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Saltaire - also the start of A Dales High Way - and Fountains Abbey, passing through stunning countryside in the Bradford district and North Yorkshire.

The launch event at Bradford Cathedral on Friday attracted a large crowd. Among the speakers were Colin Speakman - President of the Burley Bridge Association - and the Bishop of Bradford Nick Baines. Walkers then began a four-day walk along the route.

The route was devised by the campaigners for a footbridge over the river Wharfe at Burley-in-Wharfedale. The call for a bridge dates back 125 years, but the current Burley Bridge Association charity was formed in 1996. Planning permission for the current design was approved in 2018 and campaigners are well on the way to raise the required half-million pound funding.

Walkers currently have to use stepping stones at the site to cross the river - an option only available in very dry weather. An alternative route here is available at other times.

See more on The Yorkshire Heritage Way here.

2 May 2022

Last chance to join High Way Ultra

Dales High Way Ultra recce - 2020

There's just one week left to sign up for the ultimate long distance Yorkshire race - the Dales High Way Ultra Marathon.

Entries close on Sunday, 24th April with the race starting from Saltaire on Saturday morning, 7th May.

There's a choice of just running the 90-mile route of A Dales High Way, or adding an extra 14-mile round to the end to take in High Cup Nick. All to be done in less than 36 hours!

The race was first run last year, with the winner Daniel Hendriksen taking just 20 hours 56 minutes to finish.

The fastest known time for the route - 20 hours 31 minutes - was set by supported solo runner Mark Kerry who ran the trail just 2 days earlier.

The Friends of A Dales High Way looked after the Settle checkpoint last year and will be once again on hand to help out.

Chris Grogan of the Friends said: "We are very happy to be looking after a checkpoint again this year. It's great to be part of such a well organised event and we're all looking forward to it."

Follow the race live from 7 am on Saturday morning on Track Trail here.

See Punk Panther Dales High Way Ultramarathon here, and last year's race results here.

18 Apr 2022

Return of Guided Walks

Foscl guided walk, 2 April 2022

A free Guided Walks Programme along the world-famous Settle-Carlisle railway line made a welcome return this weekend.

The walks, organised by the Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line (Foscl), kicked off with a 6-mile circular Introductory Walk from Settle. 26 walkers turned up for the walk, which was led by Foscl regulars Bob and Lindy Clarke, including many who had never walked with the Friends group before.

Foscl Walk Organisers Alice and Russ Whelan-Smith said: "Well I think we can call that a success! We’re sure a few of the new walkers will make an appearance on future walks. Bring on next weeks walk."

The Foscl free walks programme had been suspended for the last two years due to the Covid pandemic. The programme will run every Saturday until the end of September, with a few Sunday walks thrown in the mix as well. Walks all start and finish at a station along the line. Anyone who wants to join just has to turn up at the start - no booking required.

Another group - the Friends of Dales Rail (FDR) - also run a popular programme of free guided walks along the line.

So there's plenty for keen walkers in Dales High Way country to choose from!

See the Foscl Guided Walks Programme here, and the FDR programme here.

4 April 2022

Temporary Route Change at Bandley Bridge

Bandley Bridge, on the approach to Appleby

From Monday, February 28th, the closure of Bandley Bridge, on the approach to Appleby, will mean a temporary route change for walkers finishing A Dales High Way.

Hoff to Appleby alternative

As there is no nearby alternative to crossing Hoff Beck with the closure of Bandley Bridge, walkers must take to the road at Hoff, through Burrells, to finish the final stage of the walk.

Appleby Tourist Information Centre posted the news: "From Monday 28th February the Bridleway and footpath over Bandley Bridge will be closed for up to six weeks.  This is to replace the Bridle bridge and footbridge.  Unfortunately there is not an alternative route."

The road from Hoff to Burrells is fairly quiet. Here the road turns left onto the busier B6260, heading for Appleby. There are a couple of vergeless spots, so great care is needed. Join the main route at Colby Lane beneath the castle walls for the entrance into Appleby.

At the same time, storm damage has affected the footpath alongside Glovershaw Beck, near the start of A Dales High Way. Some recent revetment works have been washed away, and banking alongside the narrow track has been weakened, The path is still passable, but care is needed.


See Appleby TIC here

27 Feb 2022

Farmer sentenced over walker's death


A Dales farmer was given a suspended prison sentence last week after a walker was tragically trampled to death by cows on his land.

David Tinniswood was walking with dogs on a public right-of-way at Chapel-le-Dale in May 2020 when he was attacked by cattle who were grazing with calves, suffering fatal injuries. The 83-year-old’s wife was seriously injured in the incident at Ivescar Farm.

Paul Sharpe received a 12-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, after he pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, at Leeds Magistrates Court. He was also fined a total of £878 and ordered to pay £7,820 in costs. Sharpe, a partner in the farm’s operators, admitted the offence.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Julian Franklin said: “A number of measures could have been taken to safeguard walkers using the path, while cattle and calves were grazing in that field.

“Firstly, not using that field for cattle and calves. Most farmers will have other groups of stock that can graze fields containing rights of way, so can reduce the risk of incidents by putting sheep in them, or they could take fodder crops from them.

“Cattle with calves can be put in fields without rights of way, away from members of the public, or can be segregated from walkers. Farmers should ensure they take all reasonably practicable precautions to protect walkers on public rights of way, especially when they are grazing cows and calves together, or bulls are present.”

The route of A Dales High Way passes along a track through Ivescar Farm, but away from the field were the tragic incident occurred.

Walkers with dogs need to be especially careful when cows with calves are present. Fortunately such incidents are rare.

See the Rambler's advice on walking near livestock here.

16 Feb 2022

Stormy challenge for 100-mile runners

A runner on the LAW100 race passes Brougham Castle

Runners taking part in the inaugural Lady Anne's Way100 fell race were greeted by Storm Malik as they set off from Skipton on a dark Saturday morning.

The 100 mile race, organised by Due North Events and NAV4 Adventure, was won by Sam Tyrer who ran into Penrith 18 hours and 45 minutes later. He was followed in by Emma Stuart - the first female runner - a little under an hour after. Emma's partner James Chapman came in third.

Lady Anne's Way is a popular long-distance trail that winds its way across the Yorkshire Dales and into Cumbria, following in the footsteps of the remarkable medieval Lady Anne Clifford.

It shares its first section out of Skipton with A Dales High Way, before heading off towards Wharfedale and on up to Wensleydale and Mallerstang, meeting A Dales High Way briefly again at Appleby.

The race had been originally planned for 2021 - the 25th anniversary of the trail - but the Covid pandemic led to a year long delay. Organisers were finally able to thank the 100 or so runners who took part: "Thanks for coming and having faith in us. You can be super proud of your achievements, especially in  such brutal winds and tricky underfoot conditions."

A Dales High Way Ultramarathon race is organised by Punk Panthers later in May this year.

Photo shows a runner passing Brougham Castle (credit: #wartznall).

See the Lady Anne's Way (LAW100) webpage here, and the Lady Anne's Way trail webpage here.

1 Feb 2022

New life at Craven Limeworks

Stainforth Scar

Work is now well under way to bring new life to a fascinating "hidden" Victorian industrial site just south of Stainforth.

Walkers on a Dales High Way heading north from Settle towards Little Stainforth will look east across the River Ribble at the lovely limestone crags opposite. These crags, known as Stainforth Scar, are not a natural feature, but largely the result of quarrying.

Craven Limeworks and Langcliffe Quarry grew in the late nineteenth century, making full use of the new Settle-Carlisle Railway. Various industrial production methods were used on the site, including perhaps the best preserved Hoffman Kiln still existing in the country, constructed in 1873. This amazing structure is now a scheduled Ancient Monument.

After the works finally closed in the 1930s, parts of the site become a waste depot for the local council. In January 2021 Craven Council decided to redevelop the site, creating more than 26,000 square feet for a new business space, combining the refurbishment of the old traditional stone buildings together with new build to provide modern light industrial and office space.

The £3.2 million scheme, which was given planning consent by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, will also support preservation of the historic Hoffman Kiln and the wider site through a long-term conservation management plan.

Paul Shevlin, chief executive of Craven District Council, said: “I’m pleased we have appointed a local company for the construction phase of this important project.

“We know there is great demand for more modern, flexible workspace for new and existing smaller businesses in Craven. Providing much-needed additional workspace and high quality jobs in the district is a crucial part of our plans to attract and retain more young people and families to Craven, and ensure that our communities continue to thrive.”

He added: “This is a tricky site to develop, but thanks to grant funding we have been able to devise a scheme which benefits the local economy but also protects the future of the Hoffman Kiln.”

Dales High Way walkers stopping over at Stainforth would be well advised to take the short walk south and explore this amazing site.

See more about The Craven Limeworks & Hoffman Kiln here.

14 Jan 2022

New Stag in Skipton Woods

New Stag from artist Anna & the Willow at Skipton Woods

A fine new addition to the willow sculptures in Skipton Woods has made it's appearance.

The Stag is the latest work of Artist Anna & The Willow to be exhibited in the woods, which makes a great alternative section of A Dales High Way out of Skipton.

The walk also makes a fine circular form Skipton, leading up to the Craven Heifer Inn at Tarn Moor.

Hidden behind one of Britain’s most popular medieval castles, the Woodland Trust's Skipton Castle Woods is a rare ancient woodland habitat straight off the high street.

See our previous story here, the Skipton Alternative here, and Anna & The Willow here.

2 Jan 2022

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