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 2024

Towpath Closure

Towpath closed at Saltaire

The canal towpath from Shipley through Saltaire has been closed for improvement works. The closure is expected to last 3 months.

The towpath is near the start of A Dales High Way. There are 2 easy alternative routes: the first is to follow the narrow road to the right of the towpath which leads through Salts Sports fields to rejoin the main route where a footbridge crossed the river; alternatively cross the footbridge by the Boathouse first, then follow the path on the opposite river side to rejoin the main route as it leaves the next footbridge.

The work is being funded by charity Sustrans, with the Government-funded Shipley Towns Fund paying £23,500 towards the project.

Sustrans says it is working with with the Canal & River Trust, the charity that looks after the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, and Bradford Council on the project, that includes a new asphalt surface with natural stone gravel finish to fill in muddy potholes and create a smooth route.

Towpath alternatives

23 Jan 2024

New Plan for National Park

The Yorkshire Dales National Park is updating its management plan – to cover the period 2025 to 2029 – and is asking:  ‘What needs doing most in the National Park in the next five years?’

You are invited to give your opinion on areas ranging from reducing pollution in rivers to increasing the supply of affordable homes, and rank what would be your top six priorities.  The public consultation is in the form of a survey, which takes only a few minutes to complete and is available online until Monday the 26th of February.

The Management Plan Partnership includes representatives from North Yorkshire and Westmorland and Furness Councils, private sector interests from North Yorkshire and Cumbria, as well as statutory environmental agencies.

Deputy Chair of the partnership, Neil Heseltine, said:  “The National Park Management Plan sets out the specific things we will work together to achieve; it is in effect a five-year ‘to do list’ for the various organisations that operate in the National Park.   If an area of work is not in the management plan, it won’t get done.  That’s why I would warmly invite anyone who has an interest in the future of the National Park to take part in this survey.”

A short film (see above) has been produced to encourage people to respond.

See the public survey here.

20 Jan 2024

75 Years of our National Parks

75 Years of National Parks

2024 marks the 75th anniversary of the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949, which not only created our first National Parks, but the first long distance walking trails like the Pennine Way.

This truly visionary legislation also protected countryside access, created Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Sites of Special Scientific Interest and National Nature Reserves – all fundamental in creating and maintaining spaces for nature and people to thrive.

The Yorkshire Dales National Park was established in 1954, extended in 2016 to its current 870 square miles of stunning landscapes. A Dales High Way follows the western side from south to north.

The Campaign for National Parks (CNP), Founded in 1936, is the only independent charity dedicated to securing the future of National Parks in England and Wales.

One of the major campaigns currently underway is the fight against the government's proposed relaxation of planning laws in the parks.

In a joint letter to the Prime Minister, Neil Heseltine and Jim Bailey, both working farmers and chairs of the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Park Authorities respectively, said :

"The impact of walking in the valleys of Upper Swaledale and across the Cleveland Hills to the Esk Valley and the route of the iconic Coast to Coast Walk should these proposals be enacted doesn't bear thinking about."

See the Campaign For National Parks here.

1 Jan 2024

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