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

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.

UPDATE: WE ARE ADVISED THAT THIS WORK HAS BEEN DELAYED - SO BANDLEY BRIDGE IS STILL OPEN. WORK NOW EXPECTED FOR LAST WEEK IN MAY & FIRST WEEK IN JUNE.

See Appleby TIC here

27 Feb 2022

Farmer sentenced over walker's death

cattle

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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